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Photos: Reason to Party & dot429 Winter Gala

Reason to Party—Northern California's all-volunteer non-profit dedicated to engaging a new philanthropic generation—presented their elegant, annual holiday event, this year partnering with 7x7dot429 and fashion icon Carmen Marc Valvo to host “Never Too Young," a party at the Grand Hyatt to benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance.

Guests enjoyed a stunning 360-degree view of San Francisco while sipping delicious specialty beverages from No. 209 Gin, Soyombo Super Premium Vodka, Corralejo Tequila, Sapporo Premium Beer and wines from OneHope —try the cocktail recipes listed below! The crowd delighted in live entertainment featuring New Orleans and Brazilian jazz, and the dance floor was shaken by hot beats spun late into the night. VIP ticket holders enjoyed a meet-and-greet with Carmen Marc Valvo in a private lounge with its own hosted bar and special entertainment.

Guests also had fun with the Snap Fiesta photo booth.

Those feeling lucky entered to win a trip to New Orleans to celebrate New Year's Eve, which included a three-night stay at W Hotel, tickets to the Sugar Bowl, and VIP access to JAX Brewery. A silent auction also saw flurries of action as guests hoped to place the winning bid on a variety of premium packages—including one donated by Carmen Marc Valvo that included tickets to his fashion NYC show, followed by cocktails and a fitting for a couture gown (alone worth $5000!) of the winner’s choice at Carmen’s atelier. Tony Award-winning producer Thomas Joseph Farrell also contributed a three-night stay in a beautiful Deluxe Suite at Gaia, his five star boutique hotel in Costa Rica, and also threw in a guided tour of their private nature reserve and a Terra Massage. Also in the auction was a painting from popular local artist Casey O’Connell, who completed a 24x24 commission for Never Too Young, valued at $6500.

Please consider helping Reason To Party with a donation at reasontoparty.org/donate—no amount is too small and your donation will go directly to the Colon Cancer Alliance, the leading colon cancer patient advocacy group in the country.

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Event Photos: Tim Williamson, TDWMedia; full photo set found here.
Photo Booth: Snap Fiesta; full photo set found here.

The following cocktails were served at the Reason to Party & dot429 Winter Gala—try them at home!

ABBEY COCKTAIL
No. 209 Gin, orange bitters, orange juice, maraschino cherry

209 GINGERBERRY SNAP
No. 209 Gin, cranberry juice, ginger ale

SIMPLY ELEGANT
Soyombo Mongolian Vodka, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, club soda, lime

CLASSIC MARTINI
with Soyombo Mongolian Vodka

EL PIQUETE PUNCH
Corralejo Tequila Reposado, cranberry, grapefruit, orange, ginger ale

REPOSADO MARGARITA
Corralejo Tequila Reposado, triple sec, fresh lime juice