Jan 05, 2012

Hot Throws its 4th—and 1st!—Annual “Philanthroparty”

The only thing better than a party?

A party for a good cause.

That’s the thinking behind Hot Studio’s annual Philanthroparty, a holiday tradition that gathers Hot’s employees, clients and friends for a healthy dose of revelry mixed with some general do-gooderness.

And 2011 was the biggest year ever for the Philanthroparty—the first time it was celebrated on both coasts.

Hot opened up its New York office on December 1 to play host to the inaugural Philanthroparty NYC. Fed by Brooklyn’s Naturally Delicious and grooved by Peter Touissant, partygoers also participated in a raffle that raised $1,000 for the PopTech Science Fellows program.

The raffle’s proceeds were donated to PopTech in the name of first-place winner Gina Terada; both she and runner-up Jake Porway also took home an “instant wine cellar” featuring more than 40 bottles of wine donated by Hot’s New York employees.

“Even though we’ve been in New York for more than a year, the Philanthropary was a kind of coming-out party for the New York office,” said Phil Lam, Hot NY Principal and General Manager. “We were really happy to welcome everyone into our new space.”

Now in its fourth year, Hot San Francisco’s Philanthroparty was, according to office manager Peter Jacques, “the most professional party we've ever thrown.”

The third floor of Hot’s offices was converted into a “sparkling winter wonderland” with red lamps at the tables, giving the space the feel of a nightclub out of the 1930's. Beer, wine and Irish coffee (the coffee coming courtesy of Bicycle Coffee, the “Irish” coming from Hot) were served up at a 15-foot bar.

Entertainment included a clairvoyant, Mary Spicer, DJ Josh, and a holiday sweater contest. And San Francisco’s raffle raised a record $2,500, with winner Karyn Johnson of Peachpit Press donating the proceeds to Project Commotion. Hot’s own Rajan Dev took home the instant wine cellar; Nathan Shedroff and Holly Hagan split the sweater prize (seven bottles of wine each); Jerry Michalski of REXpedition won the “mystery gift” (Monopoly: The Card Game); and Hot’s Kristi Teplitz won a 1-year subscription to Lynda.com.

We hope your holiday festivities were as joyous as ours. Have a happy and healthy 2012.

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