On Tuesday, June 21st, more than 75 members and new guests of The Chamber gathered for a GCV Evening Mixer inside the community-inspired theatre, Desert Theatreworks (DTW). Guests had the opportunity to learn about DTW, received a backstage guided tour, and were teased with a short skit performance that had everyone wanting more.
The event was hosted by Desert Theatreworks and sponsored by Buzzbox, who made sure that everyone was welcomed with a goody bag, appetizers, popcorn and fresh cocktails. Once guests chose their favorite Buzzbox cocktail flavor, they were invited into the theater where entrepreneurs and community leaders mixed and mingled near the main stage. Rebecca McWilliams, the Production Manager of Desert Theatreworks invited guests to take a seat for a theatrical performance entitled “Old Jews Telling Jokes” and to also welcome a couple of guests to the stage, the first guest being the founder of Buzzbox, Rod Vandenbos. Rod expressed appreciation to his community and thanked DTW for the support during the early stages of Buzzbox. The next speaker shared with our guests how a cake can make a big impact in the lives of young at-risk and underserved children. As the exhibitor of the evening, Ray Biller, with Cake4Kids, had the opportunity to share the non-profit’s mission of serving children in the Coachella Valley. The evening continued with the “Old Jews Telling Jokes” skit. The actors and actresses of the evening took turns telling humorous jokes that had everyone laughing -what a teaser of performance! Then Desert Theatreworks got the audience excited about upcoming shows and the result was a line of people purchasing tickets for their next show. The night ended with a raffle giveaway and fun group pictures. The lucky winner of the raffle package, Chris Little of Desert Jet, left with 2 tickets to a DTW show, a shirt, hat and much more!
About the Event Sponsor “Desert TheatreWorks, a nonprofit theatre company organized for the benefit of members of the community to provide education, entertainment, and exposure to cultural experiences. The objective for the theatre company is to become a resource for both the residents and visitors of the Coachella Valley to enrich the cultural depth and education of the community at large. Desert TheatreWorks will strive to present imaginative, innovative, and entertaining plays and musicals for the entire community. An effort will also be made to bring to life works that are rarely produced”- Desert Theatreworks
On behalf of the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce, thank you Desert Theatreworks for hosting and Buzzbox for sponsoring this GCV Evening Mixer.