Prix is Primo Pary Occasion
Article Launched: 04/15/2007 09:19:42 PM PDT
Long Beach Press Telegram
On Grand Prix Sunday, it’s hard to tell when the energy is the highest – at the beginning of the day, when anticipation is at its peak – or at the end of the race, when the stimuli from the day has bombarded the psyche. The bottom line is, it’s an exciting day!
For the 1,000 people attending the party at the law offices of Keesal, Young & Logan they have a double whammy.
The day began with a fabulous breakfast buffet, under the direction of in-house chef William Hall, served amidst beautiful decor with fresh flowers and balloons in race motif. The entire staff greeted guests with mimosas with a commemorative photo taken in front of a race car with Terry Ross. Then race T-shirts, hats and ear plugs were given before another traditional photo with host Skip Keesal and Christi and Rob Peckham from Sea Launch. Attention to detail was phenomenal – down to race flags embedded in the soap in the ladies’ lounge!
At the end of the day, the throng returned for cocktails, a sushi bar, quesadillas, seafood bar (beautifully displayed beneath a 5-foot ice sculpture of a race car), roast beef and turkey sandwiches, hors d’oeuvres and desserts.
Then to burn off the calories, some danced to a live band, while others talked about the race and the day’s events. Seen among the throng were Skip and Beth Keesal, Mayor Bob and Nancy Foster, Supervisor Don and Julie Knabe with their friend Joanne Harvey, Steve Young, Jodi Cohen, Neal Robb, Jackie and Ernie Kell, Michael and Melissa Murchison, Kelli Gardener, Jane Netherton, Cam Killingsworth, David Tong and his sister Sarah Sangmeister, Mark and Trish Stevens, Julie and Rocky Suares, Jim and Susi Maser (with their 6-year-old twins Christian and Sabine), Debbie and Gary Fournier, Chris and Ellen Pook, John and Michelle Molina, Blake Christian, Mark Houska, Don Rodriguez, Scott Dionne, Marilyn Whitcom, Elaine Pisu, Dan Gootch, Kathleen and John Lacey and Art Levine.