Sunday, November 8, 2009

Holidays, Happenin's and Helpin' Out!

Well, back from vacation & right back into the thick of things. We had a very fun ‘Howl-oween Barkfest & Pet Parade’ recently. Marilyn put on a great event for our Guests, and the Team all dressed up to give it some ‘spirit’. Now it’s time to shift seasons and get ready for the Christmas Ships & all the Holiday parties. Our plan is to truly put you in the holiday mood with a very warm and inviting Christmas feel. Not quite “Christmas Vacation,” but it’ll look good!

The Airport project is in its final stages of design. We meet with the Team from the Port of Portland this week to get the blessing on our ideas. I think they’re gonna like it! Our goal when we’re done with the remodel at PDX is to create two different Beaches experiences not only with design, but also with the food & beverages. Mike & Aaron are working on creating a whole new menu with a tropical flair adding some wild new dishes (Don’t worry, we’ll have the tried & true favorites on there also). Mike made an appetizer the other night which I finished off completely. Had him make another one…. You know…. Just to make sure he could duplicate it! (It was that good.)

On the community front, we have donated $123,000 in cash so far in 2009. We have a few more things we want to do this year, so we’ll keep you posted. A fun thing we did with the Vancouver School District Foundation was to have each Board Member adopt a school. We took Washington Elementary School and will be doing a dinner for them at a Dinner Theatre event scheduled for November 17th. Theresa and her Team do such a great job taking care of the kids & their families. If you’d like to help at the dinner--let me know!

And…all kinds of stuff today…One of our dear friends, Leslie Durst, made a suggestion for a second Charity Table when the ‘best table’ is booked. After all, it’s about making the donation that counts, and she has been very generous over the years. So, we are happy to say we now have the “Leslie Durst Back-Up Charity Table.” It may be the second best table, or we may just put you in the kitchen. Hey, it’s the back-up table! I don’t think Leslie has got the word yet, so I will be interested how fast it gets to her from our Facebook page here. Leslie does so much for our community that it is a privilege to have her recognized at the Beach!

That’s all for now. Chat with you again soon.