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Author Topic: Las Vegas Meet and Greet  (Read 27445 times)

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Offline Dennis

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Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« on: June 03, 2010, 09:35:05 PM »
I'm beginning communications with the catering manager from the Stratosphere. Is everyone interested in doing a meet & greet on Friday evening? If so, please let me know what you would like. I'm presuming a cash bar is a must.

Their catering typically starts at around $40 per person with a 20 person minimum. I've already told them we are a group on a budget. They're willing to work with us.

What is the most you would like to spend? Do want a sit down style event, buffet, or finger foods? Keep in mind we're a fairly small group this year, so we don't have as much buying power as we've had at past events. However, I'll do my best to ensure a memorable event at a reasonable price based on your feedback.

Dennis

Offline WillyWump

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2010, 10:53:28 PM »
Friday Eve sounds great.

I kinda like the idea of a buffet (like we had in Boston). I think Sit down would be too "stuffy", but that's just my opinion.

As far as cost, 40ish is fine with me.

-Will
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6/3/14 CD4- 736, UD 34%
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Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2010, 12:36:05 AM »
I ditto the Friday evening suggestion.  I imagine we will be in the $40 range which is acceptable to me.  I also think the buffet style, appetizer type food will work best for our group.  I sure hope we can get 20 people.  Vegas is relatively inexpensive still and this is such an opportunity for those who haven't attended one of our events.

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
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Offline anniebc

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2010, 05:40:23 AM »
Friday night is good.and $40 is fine.

Hugs
Jan :-*
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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2010, 12:59:47 PM »
agree friday is good  and the 40 ish is OK with me....

Nick
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Offline RAB

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2010, 10:35:10 AM »
Hey Mister:

Friday is good and the 40ish is fine too. 

Buffet is also good as opposed to a sit down affair.

(Can we have hunky scantly clad men serve us?   ;D)

RAB

Offline WillyWump

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2010, 11:33:50 AM »

(Can we have hunky scantly clad men serve us?   ;D)

RAB

Great Idea RAB, afterall it is Las Vegas.

We can make the admission $40 + a fistfull of dollar bills.

-W
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Offline Dennis

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2010, 01:16:46 PM »
Hey Mister:

Friday is good and the 40ish is fine too. 

Buffet is also good as opposed to a sit down affair.

(Can we have hunky scantly clad men serve us?   ;D)

RAB

I was actually going to ask if you would serve cocktails wearing nothing but the pink bloomers you received last year in Boston.

Offline RAB

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2010, 05:04:54 PM »
I was actually going to ask if you would serve cocktails wearing nothing but the pink bloomers you received last year in Boston.

The PINK bloomers have been returned to their country of origin. 

You have no idea what it was like getting through customs in Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand with that parachute in my bag.  But that's a story for another day.

My original plan was to put them on Kooni and surprise Jan, but she wanted no part of it (the pig not Jan  :P).

So I opted for Plan B.  I cleverly hid them somewhere on/in "Jan Land".

To date she either hasn't found them or she has and is evily planning some sort of counter attack.

Either way, since I don't have those disgusting things, obviously I won't be wearing them at the Meet and Greet.  And even if I did, I still wouldn't do it.

BTW--you're a bitch!   ;)

RAB   ;D

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2010, 05:27:45 PM »
The PINK bloomers have been returned to their country of origin. 

You have no idea what it was like getting through customs in Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand with that parachute in my bag.  But that's a story for another day.

My original plan was to put them on Kooni and surprise Jan, but she wanted no part of it (the pig not Jan  :P).

So I opted for Plan B.  I cleverly hid them somewhere on/in "Jan Land".

To date she either hasn't found them or she has and is evily planning some sort of counter attack.

Either way, since I don't have those disgusting things, obviously I won't be wearing them at the Meet and Greet.  And even if I did, I still wouldn't do it.

BTW--you're a bitch!   ;)

RAB   ;D

I know I won't be there to see it -- but you could always don a waitress get-up like you wore in Boston -- I can send a picture if you've forgotten!    ;D 
Not sure that you'll end up with many dollar bills in it, but it was soooooo you!!

Mike
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Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2010, 05:01:00 PM »
The waitress gig was well worth the price of that Boston lunch!  Let's hear it for a reprise....


Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
01/14:  985 (46.9%), UD
06/14:  823 (47.2%), UD

Offline anniebc

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2010, 06:33:42 PM »
The PINK bloomers have been returned to their country of origin. 
I think he's bluffing.

The bed has been stiped and washed seveal times since he left, the cupboards and drawers have been cleaned out..as have the ones in the rest of the house, and I haven't come across anything  that is "Big and pink"..I'll keep looking... ;)

Until then the buffet sounds good.

Hugs
Jan :-*
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Offline WillyWump

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2010, 10:21:36 PM »
serve cocktails wearing nothing but the pink bloomers you received last year in Boston.

Sweeeet.

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6/3/14 CD4- 736, UD 34%
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%

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Offline weasel

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2010, 04:50:35 PM »


 Friday sounds good !

    I'll go for what everyone else wants , I'm easy to please    :)

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2010, 10:40:02 PM »
Friday evening and $40 sounds good to me. 

Cheers,

Henry
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Offline Dennis

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2010, 11:00:25 PM »
Here is what the Stratosphere has offered us thus far. It appears they are trying to make up in catering what they are losing in room revenue.

$41.31 per person (includes tax and gratuity)

Private dining room in the tower for two hours - room rental fee is waived (I'm trying to extend to at least 3)

Chicken entree with potato and vegetable, fresh baked roll w/butter, red velvet cake, coffe or tea.

Cash bar with a $175 bartender fee (waived if bar tab reaches $500).

Offline WillyWump

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2010, 11:11:40 PM »
D,

IMO that all sounds good, Im assuming we would split the bartender fee between us...which would be about $10-$15 per person.

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Last Labs-
11-6-14 CD4- 871, UD
6/3/14 CD4- 736, UD 34%
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%

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Offline Dennis

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #17 on: June 12, 2010, 11:20:01 PM »
D,

IMO that all sounds good, Im assuming we would split the bartender fee between us...which would be about $10-$15 per person.



You all can't drink $500 worth of liquor in 2-3 hours? ;D

I thought about everyone splitting the cost. But then again, not everyone drinks. If this fee goes directly to the bartender, I don't have that much of a problem with the fee. I'm still waiting to hear back in regards to that.

What would be a reasonable bar tab among us for 3 hours? Perhaps I can get the minimum reduced.

Offline RAB

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2010, 10:04:46 PM »
Here is what the Stratosphere has offered us thus far. It appears they are trying to make up in catering what they are losing in room revenue.

$41.31 per person (includes tax and gratuity)

Private dining room in the tower for two hours - room rental fee is waived (I'm trying to extend to at least 3)

Chicken entree with potato and vegetable, fresh baked roll w/butter, red velvet cake, coffe or tea.

Cash bar with a $175 bartender fee (waived if bar tab reaches $500).

Dennis:

This sounds awesome.  A private dining room in the tower would be perfect!  If you can get the extra hour then all the better.  And all of this for $41.00?

You've always given us an amazing time for the meet and greet and it sounds like you've done it again.

I can't thank you enough!   :-*

Now about the bar minimum.

Let's do some math.

We're obviously going to be a smaller group this year so that might complicate things.  (Though I'm pretty confident we'll hit swomewhere between 15 & 20.)

So we have to spend a minimum of $500.00 to avoid the bartender charge.  Right?

Let's begin by figuring up the cost of getting Jan and Will  "motivated" enough to make their jump.

(Add the seven, subtract the nine, divide by the square root of pi)

KACHING!

We're half way there.   :-X

Now I'm not much of a drinker, but having been to a couple of these little shin digs I'll probably have a nip or three   ::).

So there's easily another $100.00.

Then let's not forget the Davids, Bonnie, Hellraiser, and assorted others, not to mention those who haven't announced yet.

I think we'll be pretty much home free.   :P

But getting back to the topic at hand, I'm in.

RAB   ;D

Offline anniebc

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #19 on: June 14, 2010, 02:24:28 AM »
Quote
Let's begin by figuring up the cost of getting Jan and Will  "motivated" enough to make their jump.

Hey RAB If you wants to spend $100 on cocktails to get me "Motivated" then I have no objections but you would have to drag me to the top, tie me up and literally throw me off the platform at the sky jump, after all those cocktails I won't be able to do anything on my own... ;D

To help out I will drink as many Bailey's as I can without throwing up.

Hugs
Jan :-*
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Offline WillyWump

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #20 on: June 14, 2010, 11:11:47 PM »
Dennis:

You've always given us an amazing time for the meet and greet and it sounds like you've done it again.

I can't thank you enough!   :-*


Well said RAB, and I agree. Thank you Dennis for everything you put into these things, not sure we would ever find anyone with the same motivation and expertise as you have, all of which when you are not even sure if you will be attending!

Thx Dennis


-Will

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Last Labs-
11-6-14 CD4- 871, UD
6/3/14 CD4- 736, UD 34%
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #21 on: June 14, 2010, 11:14:22 PM »
Hi Dennis and others:

Is there anyway to find out if someone is looking to maybe share a room and split the cost?  I want to go and would like to look at the possibility of a room share with someone....  Hope I'm posting this in the right spot.....  Also, could you remind me of what the room cost is and what code we use to book (can it be booked online)?

Thanks!
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

Offline WillyWump

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #22 on: June 14, 2010, 11:29:23 PM »
Hi Dennis and others:

Is there anyway to find out if someone is looking to maybe share a room and split the cost?  I want to go and would like to look at the possibility of a room share with someone....  Hope I'm posting this in the right spot.....  Also, could you remind me of what the room cost is and what code we use to book (can it be booked online)?

Thanks!

The Code is "C-AMG". I think the rate I booked for under that code was $30/night weekdays and $41/night weekends.

We would love to see you Phil! It's gonna be a blast!

Check your PM, ima sendin you an email

-Will
« Last Edit: June 14, 2010, 11:30:59 PM by WillyWump »
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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2010, 11:34:56 PM »
Thanks Will -
Checking the PM now
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #24 on: June 15, 2010, 09:58:54 AM »
Thank you Dennis for everything you put into these things, not sure we would ever find anyone with the same motivation and expertise as you have, all of which when you are not even sure if you will be attending!

Thx Dennis


-Will



What?  Have I missed something?   ???  


RAB  

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #25 on: June 15, 2010, 09:48:06 PM »
What?  Have I missed something?   ???  

RAB  

Well I dont know, he says in this thread..."If I can make it to Vegas"

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?action=post;quote=407907;topic=32923.0;sesc=616a665b02ecbac3c358ab6d3994f55f

Hopefully he's ironed it out and will be there.

Dennis??? What say you?

=Will
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6/3/14 CD4- 736, UD 34%
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%

Current Meds: Prezista/Epzicom/ Norvir
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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #26 on: June 15, 2010, 10:53:08 PM »
Well I dont know, he says in this thread..."If I can make it to Vegas"

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?action=post;quote=407907;topic=32923.0;sesc=616a665b02ecbac3c358ab6d3994f55f

Hopefully he's ironed it out and will be there.

Dennis??? What say you?

=Will

I was wondering where the notion of me not attending came from.  I thought someone was blabbing their mouth  ;D

Dennis

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #27 on: June 15, 2010, 11:01:44 PM »
I was wondering where the notion of me not attending came from.  I thought someone was blabbing their mouth  ;D

Dennis

I'll take that as Your coming. Yay

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #28 on: June 16, 2010, 08:55:40 PM »
If you all do not mind, I'd like to look at having our function off site. I have just spoken to the catering manager, and I'm just not comfortable with what they are offering.

If we want to increase our event to 3 hours, there would be a room rental charge of $200.

The $175 bartender fee, if we don't consume $500 worth of liquor in 2 hours, goes directly to the hotel as a labour charge. It would not go to the bartender.

Lastly, there is a $300 deposit they will not waive.

Since they are unwilling to stray from policies to earn our business, I just assume we take our business elsewhere.
Let me know what you think.

Dennis

« Last Edit: June 16, 2010, 08:57:15 PM by Dennis »

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #29 on: June 16, 2010, 09:14:58 PM »


               There is so many places to have a party in Las  Vegas !

              I'm up for anything !

              It really does sound like a good idea to move it to a more  receptive venue.

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #30 on: June 16, 2010, 10:06:30 PM »

Since they are unwilling to stray from policies to earn our business, I just assume we take our business elsewhere.
Let me know what you think.

Dennis

That's a shame, but I agree. I'm onboard with whatever you can come up with Dennis.

-Will
POZ since '08

Last Labs-
11-6-14 CD4- 871, UD
6/3/14 CD4- 736, UD 34%
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%

Current Meds: Prezista/Epzicom/ Norvir
.

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #31 on: June 16, 2010, 10:34:33 PM »
I don't mind where we have the meet and Greet Dennis, lots of great place's for a get together.

Do we still have the room for the memorial service?

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #32 on: June 16, 2010, 11:34:57 PM »
I don't mind where we have the meet and Greet Dennis, lots of great place's for a get together.

Do we still have the room for the memorial service?

Hugs
Jan :-*

I believe Gary may have arranged something for the memorial service when he visited the hotel.  I'll touch base with him.

No worries about the meet and greet.  I have a few backup plans.  And it's still possible the Stratosphere will change their mind once I tell them we're taking our business elsewhere. 

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #33 on: June 17, 2010, 01:58:55 PM »
Acutally, I did not yet have an arrangement for the memorial service and was hoping to use our "room in the sky" at the beginning of our event if that worked out.  I agree now that the hotel is making too many demands for a group of our size and there a bazillion locations to have a social event in Vegas... maybe that will help the hotel to understand that it is best not to jerk our chain. 

So...at the moment no location for memorial, but open to suggestion.  I like the idea of combining it with our meet and greet event especially if we are going off site to make it easier on the attendees.  We know Jan will suspicious if we tell her that where we go is a "wee walk" from the site.  It will all work out...and we will have a blast I am sure.

Gary
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04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
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06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #34 on: June 27, 2010, 08:47:34 PM »
If you all do not mind, I'd like to look at having our function off site. I have just spoken to the catering manager, and I'm just not comfortable with what they are offering.

If we want to increase our event to 3 hours, there would be a room rental charge of $200.

The $175 bartender fee, if we don't consume $500 worth of liquor in 2 hours, goes directly to the hotel as a labour charge. It would not go to the bartender.

Lastly, there is a $300 deposit they will not waive.

Since they are unwilling to stray from policies to earn our business, I just assume we take our business elsewhere.
Let me know what you think.

Dennis



O.K. I guess my first comment is related to your last.  I know these big properties have a pretty straight forward way of doing business and they just aren't likely to stray away from it.

So if all the condiditions and hoop jumps are simply not possible then I think you've got the right idea when you say "we take our business elsewhere".

The $300.00 deposit doesn't seem unreasonable to me.  We can't ask them to take a room off inventory without some sort of guarantee.  (I'm assuming the deposit goes toward the final bill.)

I'm also not that worried about the bartender fee of $175.00 if we don't consume $500.00.  ::)  Of course that would become clearer if we could nail some of these specifics down and get a more accurate idea of exactly how many will be attending.

The $200.00 for an additional hour?  Now that does bother me.

Can (forgive me buddy--I'm stupid) you give us a final summary of exactly what we'd be getting (food), where we'd be, and if we went with the 3 hours (although if we have to go 2 we could do that I guess), assuming we meet the bar minimum, what the cost per person would be if we are 15 and if we are 20?

RAB   ;D

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #35 on: June 27, 2010, 09:45:36 PM »
Santi and I are fine with whatever we decide on--so count on two more!

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #36 on: June 30, 2010, 08:58:43 PM »
I've been working on a couple of different proposals from the Palms Hotel and Casino.
www.palms.com

Little Buddha
http://www.littlebuddhalasvegas.com/

$45 pp plus tax and gratuity (7.5% / 21%)

APPETIZERS

Beef Lettuce Wraps
Kurobuta Potstickers
Crispy Chicken Spring Rolls

ENTREES

Chinese Orange Chicken
Mongolian Beef
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Fried Rice

DESSERT

White Chocolate Cheesecake


Simon (outdoor terrace or sunroom)
http://www.palmsplace.com/eat/simon.php
http://www.palmsplace.com/pdf/simon_events.pdf

$65 plus tax and gratuity

appetizers
bluefin tuna tartare with lemongrass oil and chives
wood fired margherita pizza
“classic caesar” ciabatta croutons, parmesan tuille


entrees
the “meatloaf” our special recipe
thai red chicken curry , satay, coconut milk,  basil, pineapple chutney
bamboo steamed fish, bok choy, orange sauce

sides
macaroni and cheese gratin
garlic mashed potatoes
creamed spinach

dessert
simon junk food / old favorites all grown up
cotton candy, caramel corn, mini cupcakes, snowballs


I am also waiting waiting to see if we can remove the appetizers from the above menue at Simon's to reduce the cost. Another option at Simon Rest. would be an hors d' oeuvres option for aproximately $45.

The above menus are served family style. Little Buddha also has a buffet option with butler pass hors d' oeuvres for $60 pp should we want to go that route.

Let me know what you think.
 
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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #37 on: June 30, 2010, 09:45:09 PM »
Wow Dennis, both venues look amazing. I rather like the menu at Simon's, but Little Budha is $20 cheaper..meh, It really doesnt matter to me.

*flips coin* - Littel Buddha.

-Will
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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #38 on: July 01, 2010, 06:44:13 PM »
both sound like a good choice  lean a little toward the   Simon  buffet   but either would be good ... as always you do a great job with choices.....   


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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #39 on: July 02, 2010, 06:53:06 PM »
Hi Dennis

Both options sound good to me. 

So lets try and summarize the 3 main options.

Simon:

when you add in the tax and gratuity, Simon is pushing close to $85.00 ($65.00 + $4.88 tax + $13.65 gratuity = $83.53)  (If I've done my math correctly.)  Then the cost of beverages. 

Little Budha:

At  Little Budha the cost is about $58.00 ($45.00 + $3.38 tax + $9.45 gratuity) (again if I've done my math correctly.)  Then the cost of beverages.

Strat: (If it's still being considered)

The offer from the Strat was $41.31 including tax and gratuity right?  Of course that only gave us two hours, and we had the issue of the potential bartender charge.

Decisions decisions.

At Little Budha and Simon would we have a private space like at the Strat or would we be in the main dining room?  (because to me that's the real deciding factor) If so is there a time limit like at the Strat?  Would there be a bartender charge at either Palms venues?

O.K. no more questions.  I'm starving after looking at all the wonderful food, so I have to go microwave something.   :-*

Thanks again buddy for all of your hard work.  (Now about those hunky, scantly clad servers. . . . ;))

RAB   ;D


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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #40 on: July 02, 2010, 10:31:47 PM »
We would have our own room (Sun Room) at Simon which has a beautivul open air terrace leading out to a pool. We would have cocktail servers for drinks.

Little Buddha...we would have the back section of the restaraunt which also has a terrace leading out to a pool. It will not be as private as Simon.

I'm waiting to hear back from the Palms if there is anyway to change the menu to reduce the cost. Ideally, I think Simon would be our best bet.


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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #41 on: July 06, 2010, 01:24:54 PM »

           I like Simom   :P

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #42 on: July 06, 2010, 08:35:48 PM »
We would have our own room (Sun Room) at Simon which has a beautivul open air terrace leading out to a pool. We would have cocktail servers for drinks.

I'm waiting to hear back from the Palms if there is anyway to change the menu to reduce the cost. Ideally, I think Simon would be our best bet.



Dennis the venue sounds awesome!  I agree that Simon appears to be our best bet.

RAB   ;D

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #43 on: July 06, 2010, 08:47:24 PM »
Yeah, im changing my vote to Simon!

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Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #44 on: July 07, 2010, 12:17:05 AM »
Simon....

...but not it is "back to the drawing board" about where to have our "memorial service."  I can use some ideas!

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
01/14:  985 (46.9%), UD
06/14:  823 (47.2%), UD

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #45 on: July 07, 2010, 01:24:39 AM »
If we are having problems finding a venue for our Memorial service and for Ric's memorial, maybe we should consider having it at our agreed Meet and Greet venue....just a suggestion, what do you guys think?.

I don't think we should be forking out more money if we don't need to.

BTW..Simons sounds good to me.

Hugs
Jan :-*

 
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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #46 on: July 07, 2010, 10:24:58 AM »
Jan,

I would like to do both events together if the venue is appropriate.  The idea I discussed briefly with RAB would be a "celebration of life" that would be more joyous in nature (while at the same time acknowledging our most recent losses) and then could be done with the evening event.  Given the more public area where we are planning the Friday evening event, it may not be suitable for what we would like to memorialize our friends and loved ones.  At the same time, RAB and I are both concerned that a memorial at a separate time might be depressing and difficult for some of us.  I certainly wish both events to be meaningful.  If we all think about it, I think a "solution" will emerge. 

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
01/14:  985 (46.9%), UD
06/14:  823 (47.2%), UD

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #47 on: July 07, 2010, 10:57:01 AM »
The idea I discussed briefly with RAB would be a "celebration of life" that would be more joyous in nature (while at the same time acknowledging our most recent losses)
Gary

 I like this "celebration of life" idea. Perhaps at some appropriate point during the meet and greet Gary could start us off with some nice words and then he and others can regale us with some funny stories regarding Ric, Tim, etc.. I foresee lots of toasts and laughter, which would be nice.

Just thinking out loud here.

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #48 on: July 07, 2010, 01:37:13 PM »
I like this "celebration of life" idea. Perhaps at some appropriate point during the meet and greet Gary could start us off with some nice words and then he and others can regale us with some funny stories regarding Ric, Tim, etc.. I foresee lots of toasts and laughter, which would be nice.

Just thinking out loud here.

-Will

My personal opinion is the meet and greet and memorial should be seperate.  First, I think those who have passed deserve a memorial in their hono. Second, I don't think the fascilities I presented are condusive to a memorial. And lastly, there willl be alcohol at the meet and greet. Do yuou really want alcohol with this considering it has the ability to raise emotions?

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Re: Las Vegas Meet and Greet
« Reply #49 on: July 07, 2010, 06:36:42 PM »
Jan,

I would like to do both events together if the venue is appropriate.  The idea I discussed briefly with RAB would be a "celebration of life" that would be more joyous in nature (while at the same time acknowledging our most recent losses) and then could be done with the evening event.  Given the more public area where we are planning the Friday evening event, it may not be suitable for what we would like to memorialize our friends and loved ones.  At the same time, RAB and I are both concerned that a memorial at a separate time might be depressing and difficult for some of us.  I certainly wish both events to be meaningful.  If we all think about it, I think a "solution" will emerge. 

Gary

My personal opinion is the meet and greet and memorial should be seperate.  First, I think those who have passed deserve a memorial in their hono. Second, I don't think the fascilities I presented are condusive to a memorial. And lastly, there willl be alcohol at the meet and greet. Do yuou really want alcohol with this considering it has the ability to raise emotions?

Hi Gary & Dennis:

It appears that holding the two events together isn't a good idea.  The venue isn't properly suited apparently and the conflicting goals of Memorial Service vs Meet and Greet present the probability that the Memorial would be less meaningful.

It was just an idea given the struggles that Gary is having with finding a place for the memorial.

I really don't have much to offer in terms of solutions.

I don't know, does Las Vegas have a local MCC (Metropolitan Community Church)?

Is there a local LBGT group that could provide some suggestions?

Dennis, do you have any ideas that you could offer to Gary?

Actually, does anyone have any ideas that could help.

I'm sure there's got to be someway to make this work.

Gary I still love the idea of a "Celebration of Life".

RAB 

 


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