Empire Party in Retrospect! by Shirley Fee

ERC Annual Party, Feb 6th 2015, at the Finley Center, Santa Rosa, California.The Empire Runners end-of-year Award Party started off with a few refreshing beverages and some socializing. It was fun seeing everyone all cleaned up and shiny.

As we crowded around the raffle prize tables, trying to decide what items we hoped to win, I think a little competition developed over the prizes. Quite a few tickets were purchased and good-humored discussions as to who was going to win the coveted items abounded. We had some great prizes donated by generous businesses and individuals.

ERC Annual Party, Feb 6th 2015, at the Finley Center, Santa Rosa, California.

The dinner, catered by Tagliaferri’s Deli, was (as usual) very good, with a nice variety of dishes served by Empire Runner helpers Val Sell, Lisa Isabeau, and Tori Meredith.

ERC Annual Party, Feb 6th 2015, at the Finley Center, Santa Rosa, California.Member Emily Fisher entertained us by singing and playing guitar. Who knew we had such a great talent in the club! I heard comments like “She sounds like Joan Baez,” and “She reminds me a little of Emmy Lou Harris.”

ERC Annual Party, Feb 6th 2015, at the Finley Center, Santa Rosa, California.Bill Browne was honored for his long-time service to the club and got a big round of applause plus a standing shout-out from his wife, Jeannie, who, in turn, got her own round of applause and laughter. We should all be so lucky to have such a fan in our corner.

ERC Annual Party, Feb 6th 2015, at the Finley Center, Santa Rosa, California.Peter Kirk showed off his speaking skills as he honored newsletter editors over the past 20 years. His presentation included a slide show that illustrated how the newsletters have evolved over time. It was interesting to see what was and now what is. Larry Meredith, in his usual humorous manner, gave a short cross country talk and kept the mood upbeat.

ERC Annual Party, Feb 6th 2015, at the Finley Center, Santa Rosa, California.Throughout the evening, raffle tickets were pulled and winning numbers announced amid some happy yippees and some disappointed groans.

The Grand Prix awards went by fast, the last tickets were pulled, and it was time to go. It was a lively party and it was great to see new and old members enjoy the evening.

Stay tuned…. I hope to make next year fun and surprising.

ERC Annual Party, Feb 6th 2015, at the Finley Center, Santa Rosa, California.

ERC Annual Party, Feb 6th 2015, at the Finley Center, Santa Rosa, California.

ERC Annual Party, Feb 6th 2015, at the Finley Center, Santa Rosa, California.

ERC Annual Party, Feb 6th 2015, at the Finley Center, Santa Rosa, California.

ERC Annual Party, Feb 6th 2015, at the Finley Center, Santa Rosa, California.

ERC Annual Party, Feb 6th 2015, at the Finley Center, Santa Rosa, California.

ERC Annual Party, Feb 6th 2015, at the Finley Center, Santa Rosa, California.

ERC Annual Party, Feb 6th 2015, at the Finley Center, Santa Rosa, California.

ERC Annual Party, Feb 6th 2015, at the Finley Center, Santa Rosa, California.

 

One thought on “Empire Party in Retrospect! by Shirley Fee”

  1. We had such a good time and feel so lucky to have Empire Runners as the keystone for the running community in Sonoma County! Thanks for having us newbies at your event! I believe our HRC shoe winner is enjoying his shoes in Tahoe and Sonoma County! Thanks for all you do! See you at the next race 🙂

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