NYC Webgrrls Holiday Celebration
Event date: December 07 2011
Posted by: Nelly Yusupova

The weather outside was frightful, but inside was so delightful...
The delight was inside the WIX Lounge on December 7th, as the NYC Webgrrls Holiday Celebration got into full swing. Webgrrls and the Tech community gathered to offer a toast, share a bite, meet and connect, win a prize, and celebrate our achievements.  
A calming mood was set by the scents of Xent's aromatherapy flash drives, and the swell seasonal sounds were from Songza, a selection created by crowd sourcing and community contribution. The sponsor table was prepped with plenteous prizes, the logos projected, and the Twitter stream flowing. Webgrrls CEO Kevin Kennedy opened the party by welcoming everyone, offering a toast to connecting, success, and prosperity in 2012, then introduced our emcee and hostess of the evening, NYC Chapter Leader Nelly Yusupova.

"I was so impressed! It turns out it was exactly what I was hoping a best-case scenario would be -- interesting people who are interested in connecting!"
Marty Munson - Editor – TriEverything

Nelly welcomed everyone with toast "to great achievements in 2012 and a challenge to "meet at least 10 new people tonight." She thanked Ashley Gallman of the WIX Lounge for hosting the event and furnishing holiday spirits and thanked Paolo from Incognito Bistro for providing the amazing cuisine for our dining pleasure including Chicken Piccata, Penne a la Vodka, and more. She then gave thanks to all of our sponsors including, Incognito Bistro, SoftLayer, Freshbooks, Xent, Blackberry, Songza, M5, MarketSource, Soft Serve Fruit, and Wacom and launched the first of many raffles of the evening. With all of the great prizes to give away--including gift cards, smart phones, memberships, tablets and more--the anticipation just continued to build.

"I had never been to a Webgrrls event and what I found was a close-knit community of ambitious women and their supporters. Everyone was friendly, really down to earth, and approachable. I left feeling so thankful and motivated to be a part of such a group.
Radiris Diaz - Consultant/Editor in Chief - Ernst & Young LLP/

It is a good thing Webgrrls saved room for dessert! The Soft Serve Fruit Co. brought in yummy, healthy frozen fruit treats with a variety of tasty toppings. "It's hard to believe it is healthy! Their soft serve is just natural fruit, filtered water, and a touch of organic cane sugar and was just the perfect cold treat for a warming room.

The raffles went on throughout the evening, and the winners were:
  • Ashley Gallman of Wix Lounge
  • Lee Bogner of STJ Social Media Ambassadors
  • Dawn Young of Forget Me Not
  • Radiris Diaz of Cute Geek
  • Dana Klinek of CollegeBoard
  • Heather Floyd of Whole Web Impact
  • Susanne Schropp of Diva Design
  • Barbara Jungwurth of Reliable Translations
  • Carolyn Herfurth of The Biz Truth
  • Christine Labate of Designs for Growth
  • Rosemarie Gambetta of Cheap Eats

"I loved the variety and quality of the people and the fact that this is continuously new for everybody. I also loved the space and the sponsors did their thing with such a light touch."
Peggy Doody – Designer - Peggy Doody Design
"I had been looking forward to attending a Webgrrls event and it certainly lived up to my expectations in terms of the vitality and range of its members, plus it was just a really nice party and chance to network without it being too "in your face."
Jami Kelmenson - Content Editor - OPEN Forum by American Express OPEN
Congratulations to our winners! You are all winners in our eyes. 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 in 2012. Happy Holidays and happy networking!
Join NYC Webgrrls on January 23 at the WIX Lounge for a post Holiday Wine & Cheese networking event to toast to the New Year and lots of success in 2012!  RSVP Now!

Thank you to our Sponsors!!!