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Congratulations to our Broken Glass Awards Honoree's!        
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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Happy Holidays 2017

Dear Members and Friends, 

Where do I begin? I do not think we (I) covered how great the September event was with COD and SAG - the information provided by all was so valuable! We, right here in the Coachella Valley - are totally and sincerely connected with these organizations!  This is a very cool opportunity and I am so grateful and happy for this!  We are so lucky to have such great support and so close by!!
 

The culinary students studying at COD, under the tutelage of Jeff Azer, totally blew everyone's minds with their creations and service and the Hospitality Association, John Shay was on hand to see first hand who they get to hire in the near future, they were thrilled!  What a great gift!!! 

.......and then.....  we had the Broken Glass Awards on November 6th...  Holy cow- what a great event! Ok, so yes, I 'get' that I am biased - but so many attendees have sent me messages about how fun, entertaining and empowering the event was!  Gotta shout out to Rick Gilbert at the Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage as he honest to God completely owns the show , not just by his Tour de Menu performance (which is NOT to be missed) but... is so absolutely wonderful to work with!  Thanks to Dr. Audrey Reed, who, along with the Agua Caliente tech team, ran a great show. 

On the Red Carpet our thanks goes to Janet Zappala from KMIR, Dan McGrath from Sunny 103 FM and our own Patti Gribow from HK Lane, who directed the numerous interviews with our honorees and guests, which will be coming to you all throughout the year - so watch for this via our PSWIFT.org website and social media. Thanks to you all and also the Awesome Dudes from Awesome Dude Video. 

Then, let me please tell you if you missed it, how amazing the Presenters speeches were and the Honorees.  We really were treated to so many gifts at this event!  I kept looking at Patti Gribow, going "is this really happening???  This is awesome!!"  

So, that brings me to the "Thank You's" to our Honorees:  Lucie Arnaz, Nelda Linsk, Jane Austin, Stefanie Powers and Kellee McQuinn - how grateful we are to you!  And to your Presenters - Kim Waltrip, Frances Fisher, John E. Thoreson, Michael Childers and, last but not least, Larry Luckinbill, who delighted us with an amazing 'short play' (meticulously performed) of a day in the life of he and his (clearly) beloved wife - Lucie Arnaz...  it was so genuinely amazing!!!  What a gift to us ALL!! 

Another special thank you to Sue Cameron, the one surviving Founder of WIF-Los Angeles for delighting, engaging and empowering us with her humor and insight!!!  

Teri Britton celebrated the Tenth Year Anniversary of BookPALS with a special luncheon in honor of our Readers and Acqua at the River - and what a delightful event that was!  Thanks also to Barbara and Jerry Keller for their graciousness. 

Do not know how to follow this except with utter gratitude!  So this brings us full circle to our Thanksgiving wishes to you all - the VERY BEST wishes of Gratitude, Love, Joy, Bliss and Abundance - in every way - to you all!!!! 

See you at our Holiday Mixer, December 19th, at the fabulous Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Palm Desert! They always treat us with such tremendous generousity - and we - again - are so grateful!!  Best to Anita and her staff!! 

With gratitude,

 Leanna


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