Local Marine Industry Groups Host Joint Holiday Party January 15, 2015
December means the holidays, and that means it’s the time for ugly sweaters.
On Tuesday, December 16, more than 250 people donned their ugly sweaters and helped spread holiday cheer at the Marine Industry Holiday Party at the Stranahan House in Fort Lauderdale.
The Marine Industries Association of South Florida hosted the party in conjunction the U.S Superyacht Association, the Marine Industry Cares Foundation, the Young Professionals in Yachting and the Florida Yacht Brokers Association.
“In the past, each organization was doing its own holiday party, so this year we decided it would be better for everyone to get together once and provide an opportunity to network,” said Patience Cohn, industry liaison for MIASF. “Since many members are in multiple groups, there was a lot of overlap. Combining it was incredibly successful, and we hope to collaborate again next year.”
Partygoers celebrating the holidays with their colleagues in the marine industry were offered tours of the Stranahan House, which was the home of Fort Lauderdale pioneers Frank and Ivy Stranahan. The winner of the ugly sweater contest got two tickets to the Stranahan House’s River Ghost Tour, which includes a tour of the Stranahan House and a boat ride on the New River complete with tales of the spirits that inhabit the house and the surrounding area.
The photo booth full of holiday-themed props was a huge hit, as well as the music provided by DJ Oski. And of course, what holiday party would be complete without Santa?
Attendees were asked to bring a toy for the Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center, and the money collected at door went to support the Marine Industry Cares Foundation.
Alton Smith from the Habitat for Humanity family that MIASF is building a home for also attended, and several guests committed to wishes from the family’s wish tree.
Guests also included Romney Rogers, the vice mayor of Fort Lauderdale. Tim Sullivan of Reliable Marine Network contributed the fire truck beer pump, and partygoers also cooled off with a variety of refreshments. Small, delicious bites were provided by Sidecar Kitchen.
“It was a great venue on the New River, and it was such a success we hope to hold it at the same place again next year,” said Phil Purcell, MIASF director.