Our task: to get the 2000 guests excited about their possibilities in 2014. At stake: the chance to get incentive trips to Panama and South Africa.
Our goal: to bring a taste of Central America and South Africa to San Diego.
So we headed to South Africa by bringing themed decor, food and our branch communal tables into the event tent.
Entertainment segments featured Drum Cafe West's traditional gumboot dancing, Zulu stilt walkers, Zulu dancers and drums.
Heading out of the tent, the party continued on the plaza with DJ Matt Cornwall and a much appreciated presentation by the San Diego Zoo Animal Connection. Porcupine Ruva and serval Jasiri captured attention like A-List stars on the red carpet.
Just down the walkway, guests entered the Panamanian Nightclub.
Entertainment featured a Latin Conga Quartet
and an infectious Brazilian Percussions group featuring two Samba dancers.
The extravaganza concluded with a real rock star concert, followed by a Late Night Dance Party with DJ Roonie G.
Janet Elkins: "My team really enjoyed the challenge of coming up with the design and bringing together these global theme aspects and many entertainment acts and turn all these elements into one cohesive, fun, entertaining and inspiring night.
Thank you all for your hard work and the long hours on this job!"