Saturday, December 15, 2012

mission accomplished



I told you guys about the challenge we had for our holiday party this year. I am a human resources professional and I work for a company that makes bullet proof vests for our military and law enforcement. I am very proud of what we do. Everyday, we save lives of our service men and women.

But even more, I am proud of the men and women in my company. The majority of the people who work for us are immigrants. People who fled their countries for fear of being murdered by dictator governments, who fled hunger and poverty, and who were looking for a better future for their children. They are hard working people and without them, I would not have a job. We are one of the last standing manufacturing companies in this country. As federal contractors, regulated by Homeland Security, our manufacturing cannot be sent overseas.


This was a challenge. Not only because feeding over 1,000 people who speak at least 5 different languages is a challenge in itself, but because we have a new executive team. The 3 main languages spoken in our company are Spanish, Haitian Creole and Chinese. But we also have Korean, Portuguese, and Hindi.


We had to make sure everyone was organized, happy, and served. I had a group of over 50 office and management employees who volunteered to serve food to our factory workers and work as what I call "the line police."


We had a DJ.


And we had a Santa (sometimes a Naughty Santa at that!!!!!)


We had dancing. And boy, do they love to dance!!!





And we raffled gifts. But they had to show us some moves, before they got their prize!




And this was our amazing HR team. We were the "Holiday Chicks!"


My feet, my back, my legs, my neck and my hair hurt. But I feel amazing, remembering how much fun they had.

I apologize for not visiting you guys so often this week or this weekend. I will give myself a much deserved break and maybe an afternoon at the spa ;-) I will make up and look what you guys are up to soon.

Love you all!!! Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Holidays, Happy Day Off. I wish you all peace, love, tolerance, acceptance, friendship, and health!

31 comments:

Japolina said...

Looks like a great party. Hope the employees appreciated the hard work it took to put it together!

This is Belgium said...

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what an event this was !

Nadia said...

Looks like much work, hope they enjoyed the party!

AntiquityTravelers said...

That is awesome! spreading some Christmas cheer!!

Sofia said...

You have done a great job making threir holiday happy!

foxysue said...

They say 'there is more happiness in giving' that's why you hurt so much coz you gave your all, amazing! xxx

Jay Bendt said...

This is amazing! We had our own company gathering yesterday and it was crazy just organizing for 90 people, I can only imagine what it was like to organize it for so many!!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Very festive! Looks like a really fun time!

gigihawaii said...

What a fantastic party! Kudos to the Holiday Chicks!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

What a wonderful time! Looks like it was a great success, and everyone enjoyed themselves! Holiday cheer all around :)

Sherri B. said...

This looks so wonderful...I'm sure your employees deeply appreciated this party. It looks like fun was had by all, thanks to the hard work of you and your team! Thanks for sharing some snapshot moments. :)

Francie M said...

Congrats! You pulled it off and I can see it was a wonderful success. A true celebration of the the Christmas (include other seasonal holidays) spirit! Love the photos!

Annette said...

wow my young friend that was a party and looked like it was certainly a fun one. I loved seeing them dance and I can hear the music. Thanks for sharing with us and giant hugs to you xo

Jane of The Jewels said...

Fun pics! Looks like everyone was really having a great time! Congrats on pulling it off and I agree - you deserve a much needed break :)

Em said...

I've worked in support of upper management and helped organized a holiday party for about 200 people. Let's see, times that by 5! Yikes!

It looks like everyone had a great time. :) Merry & happy everything to you and to yours. :) And I hope you get to a spa.

Robin Larkspur said...

You Holiday Chicks did a fantastic job of organizing, decorating, planning, feeding, entertaining and gifting your wonderful employess! Hard work! But the photos show everyone having a blast!! Happy Holidays to you...go put up your feet!

Cloudia said...

Thank all of you folks!


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Christine Altmiller said...

what a huge event to plan! whew! i am so glad you are treating yourself to a spa day after all that successful work. that dance floor looked so inviting :-)
your wish for everyone should be the human creed.

Mopsa said...

Wow. Awesome! Congratulations on the wonderful work organizing this party :) Merry Christmas! Or, how we say it around here: Feliz Natal!

Cristiane Marino said...

Ana, que festa mais linda! Imagino o trabalhão que deu...Parabéns!
Estou orgulhosa de você, flor.
Bjs e descanse!

Loulou said...

What a great party that looks to have been Ana! People sure seemed to be having a good time. Love the shirts worn by the HR Chicks.

Jenny said...

How beautiful Ana... I am loving the sea of happy faces... what a task to organize something so big but it looks like it went of wonderfully... oh and I love your 'Holiday Chicks' tee shirts...

Jenny ♥

Kyra said...

Looks like a fun party! (And I want one of those Holiday Chick shirts!) :)

bohemiannie! art said...

Oh what fun. I know just how you feel because I've organized and worked hard to pull off big events in the past. This looks so successful. Really a happy gathering. You deserve a spa day!

Adam said...

cool party

Kashmira said...

That is BIG party!

Lois said...

I want to come and work for your company too! You must be exhausted and happy and proud that you [and chicks] pulled off such an incredible party!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Looks like a smashing success!!!!

Zena said...

It seems you had a great time...

Jeanie said...

Wow, wow, wow! This is so unbelievably wonderful -- and what a feat! It's tough to organize a party for 30 of your friends much less 1,000 people of varying languages and experiences. But they all had one thing in common (two, if you don't count work) -- they were ready to celebrate and share the joy! Kudos to you and your team! Wonderful!

Jacky said...

Looks like an AMAZING party...everyone so happy! This is so lovely to see in the workplace. You girls in HR did a wonderful job.

Thanks for popping by and leaving a comment on my blog. I'm loving finding yours and reading back through your posts.

Cheers for the holiday season.

Jacky xox