Businesses and organizations from across northwest Indiana attended the 9th annual Mix, Mingle and Jingle Party Friday night. Blue Chip Casino’s Stardust Event Center hosted the holiday party that saw more than 300 people attendend. The night started with a dinner, followed by live entertainment from the band SODA.
Blue Chip Sales Director Angela Gaghan said it's a wonderful opportunity for businesses to network and to ring in the holiday season.
“Tonight offers an elegant and affordable evening for trade companies, medical offices and businesses,” said Gaghan. “We have prime rib, shellfish, great food and evening entertainment. It’s easy planning and an easy something to do.”
The Mix, Mingle and Jingle Party combines networking and a night out for the business community.
“There’s something for everyone to enjoy," remarked Gaghan. "It’s a dinner, it’s a night out, and it’s close to home for a lot of people in the northwest Indiana regions. It’s a good night for businesses to say ‘thank you’ to employees,” said Gaghan.
Director of Marketing for Visit Michigan City, Linda Simmons appreciates the idea of a mingling and networking holiday evening.
“We’ve been coming for several years,” said Simmons. “We get our staff out for the holiday season and spend some time together. We get to enjoy Blue Chip and everything they have to offer. The food is always great and the company is always good.”
“We normally see a lot of businesses, that we either work with or know people that work there. It gives you the opportunity to walk around and catch up on what’s going on, and just to wish people a happy holiday,” said Simmons. “I love that I get to be with my staff going into the biggest holiday month of the year. Everyone gets dressed up and the Stardust Event Center gives you that flashy and festive feel.”
Behavioral Technician Sarah Talkington said this is her first time attending the holiday Mingle and Jingle Party.
“I like that we can network with people and meet people from other companies. We get to mingle and discuss our mutual interests. And of course the free champagne is always nice too,” said Talkington. “All in all, this event allows people to get themselves out there to other businesses.”
Suzy Krischke, CEO of Crown Counseling Services in Crown Point, said this is her third year attending the festive night.
“There’s a great attendance here and there’s a variety of people,” said Krischke. “Tonight puts people in the holiday spirit. My favorite part is getting to know other people, and gathering everyone for the holidays.”
With an excellent attendance, and laughter filling the room, the Mix, Mingle and Jingle Party was another annual success. As Angela Gaghan puts it- “We like to call it northwest Indiana’s largest office party.”