Holiday Party Recap

December 9, 2022

That’s a (gift)wrap! CREW Silicon Valley’s last event of the year, our Jingle & Mingle Holiday Party, was a jolly affair for all. The beautiful people of CREW Silicon Valley got ugly with our annual ugly sweater contest. Eventgoers also participated in a gingerbread house decorating contest, silent auction, and high-ticket raffle which included prizes of a fully stocked wine fridge and Yeti cooler. And of course, it wouldn’t be a proper holiday party without delicious bites, wine, and beer. 

In addition to all the merry making, outgoing Director of Sponsorship, Dee Armstrong, recognized our CREW Silicon Valley sponsors with a special gift. Director of UCREW, Quan Che, also announced the scholarship winners for the 2023 year: Nita Athakaiwalvathi (UC Berkeley), Lucy Walsh (Santa Clara University), and  Bethany Candler (Santa Clara University). We also learned that Ivana Maldonado has won the coveted CREW Network scholarship. 
Congratulations, ladies!

Although two of the winners were unable to attend the event, we met and learned about Nita Athakaiwalvathi’s program at UC Berkeley, her experience in commercial real estate thus far, and hopeful career path into design and development. It is truly a full-circle moment to meet and hear directly from the young women whose career growth CREW Silicon Valley strives to uplift through Foundation efforts. 

All proceeds from the silent auction, raffle, and additional donations go back into funding for UCREW’s scholarship fund for the coming year. 

We’d like to take a moment to recognize the following sponsors: 

Venue: Columbia Property Trust
Food Stations: Heritage Bank of Commerce
Dessert Station: LWG Construction
Wine & Beer Bar: Johanson & Yau
Photo Booth: BellaVista Landscape Services, Inc.
Yeti Cooler: Wells Fargo
Silent Auction Donors: 

  • HBC – 4 Sharks tickets
  • Ginger Sotelo & Nate Donato-Weinstein= 2 Sharks tickets and $200 gift card to Original Joes
  • Past Presidents - Kate spade purse and wristlet 
  • HGA- Felt Bag 
  • Iron Construction – Joseph George Wine Basket
  • Joseph George = $250 Gift Card
  • Laura & Hunter Tong = Burke & William Spa Gift Card & Sorrel Slippers
  • Kreuger Properties = Santa Cruz Rental
  • Jose Najera = Auto Detailing Credit
  • BluSky Restoration = $200 Nordstrom Gift Card and wine basket
  • Diana Hwang, Jenny Boister, & Bob Dennis = wine basket and snacks
  • Sabine Zimmerhansl = Seashell purse
  • Quan & Bridget & Friends of UCREW = Oral Care Basket, Hair Care Basket, Nail Day Basket, Skin Care Basket

Lastly, we would like to thank the UCREW committee, directed by Quan Che, for all its effort in organizing this festive holiday event. 

Wishing you and yours a warm and joyous season. See you in 2023!