Cat's Eye: West Vancouver Chamber's Christmas party
West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce held its annual Christmas party at Capilano Golf and Country Club this month. It was a fabulous dress-up affair complete with cocktail reception, live music and both silent and live auction items. And even as much as Capilano is known for its fabulous food, this year staff outdid themselves with one of the absolutely best buffets I have ever experienced. Another big highlight was a surprise visit from The Grinch and two of his “Will Ferrell” elf-like assistants whose costumes and antics kept everyone entertained.
1) It’s the Grinch and his Elf assistants. Park Royal’s Rick Amantea, left, Gary Mussatto and Jason Black play the parts perfectly and keep everyone entertained. 2) West Vancouver’s newest mayor Michael Smith and his wife come out to meet with the chamber members and enjoy the Christmas festivities. 3) West Vancouver Chamber executive director Leagh Gabriel poses with director Andrew Pottinger. 4) Former West Vancouver mayor Ron Wood and wife Jo-Anne, left, chat with Mensroom clothing store owners Christine Baracos and business partner/former councillor John Clark. 5) Toy Jungle’s Misti Mussatto, left, and Park Royal’s Nancy Small look extra glam for this special night out. 6) RBC’s Holly Alexander, seen here with Rick Amantea, takes home the winning prize as she claims victory in the “Head or Tails” game prior to dinner. 7) Toasting the season in style are realtor Mark Ballard and wife Jan, left, along with Megan Sewell and brother Eric, of Sewell’s Marina. 8) Outlook newspaper publisher Greg Laviolette enjoys some Christmas conversation with West Van Chamber vice-president Maggie Pappas. 9) Chamber president Gabrielle Loren, seen here with her husband, does a wonderful job as the evening’s MC.