Reseda Class of ’77 Birthday Bash
October 21, 2008, 7:00 p.m. Maguire Aviation, Van Nuys, CA
Meeting came to order @ 7:30 p.m.
Attendance: Jon, Tammy, Dan, Ray, Kelly, Dona, Debbie, Mike, Marietta, Julie and Glenn
Meeting opened with a quick review of the previous meeting notes.
Jon, Glenn and Mike presented their findings concerning the Bonaventure Brewing Company’s fourth floor outside patio area for the Bash. Glen stated that the management was open to allow us to use the patio without any deposit and that they would be willing to do either (1) take orders from a limited menu or (2) charge an entrance fee and provide hot and/or cold appetizers buffet style. Glenn presented a menu for this buffet setting. Jon stated that he felt the location was nice but was not as nice as the website photo. The patio contains a bar, sofas and other lounge furnishing along with a music system that the restaurant would allow us to use. Glenn, Mike and Jon also stated that even though the setting is nice and the downtown skyline at night is beautiful, this may not be as special as perhaps a location along the beach.
Jon then provided information concerning Malibu Seafood and a new restaurant located on the Malibu Pier. Malibu Seafood is not set up for a large party and the new restaurant would require a deposit and the average cost would be near $65.00.
Debbie next provided information concerning Hollywood Park. Hollywood Park maintains banquet and party facilities. Debbie and Dona report that the banquet facilities are very nice and over look the race track. The manager in charge of these facilities states that if we hold the party during their racing season, not only will be entitled to use the banquet facilities, but we will also be given free admission to the Turf Club and/or Box Seats during the race. Food and drink during the race and before the party would be the responsibility of each attendee and is not part of the party package. We understand that the price of admission to the Turf Club and the Box Seat area is $20.00 per person.
Racing on Saturdays occurs in the afternoon and finishes at 5:30. Our party would begin at 5:30 with a cocktail period. The cocktail period would be from 5:30 to 7:00. Dinner and the party would start at 7:00 and go on to 11:00. We can choose an outdoor patio area called the Finish Line Terrace or an indoor area called the Gold Cup Room.
Dinner cost would be in the range of $30 to $60.00 per person, not including beverage. There is no deposit requirement, but there is a minimum requirement of 50 people. The park will accept credit card payment directly from our classmates so we do not have to deal with any of the money. The cut off time period would be two weeks before the event. The park may have a $500 minimum bar requirement but the manager was not clear if it will be enforced.
Next door is the Hollywood Park Casino that is open all night for gambling
Dona next stated that there is a hotel nearby but recommended that we designate a hotel in the Marina or near LAX as a place to recommend for an overnight stay.
After considerable discussion, the group decided to vote. As a follow up from the previous meeting concerning discussions over the economy, the group agreed to scale the party plans back a little and keep the party in the Los Angeles area. In a unanimous vote, the group, in principle has agreed to have the party at Hollywood Park.
Debbie and Dona were asked to follow up and obtain more information from Hollywood Park, including menu pricing, hotel information and dates. Since Hollywood Park’s racing season is between March and June and September to December, Debbie has been asked to find open dates during both periods.
Another topic was introduced to the floor concerning whether this party could be opened to non-classmates. During discussions, the issues revolved around how to invite non-classmates and whether the party should be opened to others. The discussions appeared headed to allow non-classmates to join in, but none will be officially invited and the group will not officially promote the party to non-classmates. Further discussions are required and will be taken up at the next meeting.
The meeting concluded with Debbie and Dona agreeing to obtain more information and once such information is collected, Debbie will contact Glenn to make arrangements for the next meeting.
Meeting ended at 9:00