San Francisco Webgrrls Holiday Mixer
Event date: December 06 2011
Posted by: Anne Ahola Ward

The Webgrrls gathered, the wine was flowing, the prizes were coveted, and the evening was perfect for the San Francisco Webgrrls Holiday was the people that made the event special.

"This was my first Webgrrls meeting and I thought it was great from all perspectives, nice food and wine, good networking."
Anna Randag - Senior Program Manager – IDG

Kevin Kennedy, CEO of Webgrrls International, jump-started the evening by welcoming everyone, raising his glass and offering a toast to success in 2012, emphasizing the importance of networking and connecting to achieve the success that we are after and then introduced the hostess, emcee, and San Francisco Webgrrls chapter leader Anne Ward.

Anne, with microphone in hand, really stepped it up with great fun and cheer and after some brief and exciting announcements about the coming year, she offered a toast to the SF Webgrrls community and to the momentum that's been created for the chapter. She thanked all of the sponsors starting with a great big thank you to Techsoup for hosting the event and then Wattle Creek Winery for serving their amazing wine. She then thanked all of our other sponsors including Freshbooks, O'Reilly, SoftLayer, Pay Anywhere, and Wacom.

"I made some great contacts for business development. All of the people were clearly very engaged, interested, and happy to be there."
Allyson Bliss - Program Manager - TechSoup Global

Winners, winners and more winners...

Anne then kicked off the revelry with the first of many raffles and throughout the evening the excitement continued to build.

Saul Colt from Freshbooks, picked our first winners of the evening Allison Sparrow and S-j Parker were the winners of a $50 iTunes Gift Card and One free Unlimited FreshBooks account.

Forrest Berghorn of Wattle Creek Winery offered two great bottles of wine for raffle and the winners were Kimberly Johnson and Dianna Jacobson.

Suzanne Axtell from O'Reilly picked our next winners of the 2 full conference passes to each Strata, Where, and Velocity.

With Anne, each of the rest of our sponsors, Tim McWeeney from Pay Anywere, Misako Manca from SoftLayer, took a turn to draw all of the evening's winners. They were:
  • Alison Bing
  • Allison Sparrow
  • Beth Markus
  • Dominique Gagnon
  • Dianna Jacobsen
  • Kimberly Johnson
  • Michael Darnaud
  • S-j Parker
  • Lynn Wu
  • Angeline Tan

"Good mix, well managed program and good vibe. I like the openness of the women I spoke with and experienced the energy behind this re-launch of the San Francisco Webgrrls chapter."
Laura Atkins - Marketing Consultant

Thank You and See You in 2012...

Sharing a toast, mixing and mingling, networking and connecting and great conversation made the evening a great event. Thank you all for coming. If you didn't make it, we hope to see you all in 2012 and we look forward to building on the momentum that we have all created. Stay tuned for the January meeting announcement.

Happy Holidays and happy networking!

- Anne & the Webgrrls Team.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!!!