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ACZ Winter Party – Great Hats, Great Food & Wine and Great Fun (sorry no kids)!

The America Club of Zurich hosted its annual Winter Party on February 1st at the stylish Icon Club, part of the Tao Restaurant in central Zurich.

The fifty-plus guests were treated to a night of a “flying dinner”, drinks and dancing in their stylish and sometimes silly hats to celebrate the “Hats off to Winter” themed party.

As part of the evening’s activities, the best three hats for the men and women were chosen by audience approval. The two first place winner received a gift package from Dior and the second/third place winners were given a bottle of champagne (women) or scotch (men).

Guests also had the chance to buy raffle tickets to get a “guarantee winning” prize/item from one of the remaining items that were donated in October for the ACZ Silent Auction event. By the end of the night, all prizes were purchased and an additional CHF 250.00 was raised for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Switzerland.

As this was my first ACZ event as a new member, I thought it might be nice to get someone else’s take on the party and decided to interview one of the couples that I met that night.

Laurent and Aliah Alsina (with hats on in picture) reside in Hergiswil, Nidwalden and both have been living in Switzerland for over 10 years. They met in Lausanne in 2010 and were married on the Titlus in 2012. When I asked her why she decided to attend, Aliah said “when we heard that is was going to be in a nice hip Zurich club, we couldn’t resist!”

I was curious to know if they’d ever been to an ACZ event and Aliah told me “we’ve never been to an ACZ event before – are they all as great as this one?!” When asked if they thought about a themed party, Laurent said “the competition set a good mood.” Aliah commented, “I think the idea of a theme was great because it gave people a chance to interact with each other. The funny hat theme gave us an opportunity to start a conversation with people we didn’t know, about the hats they were wearing…or why they weren’t wearing one. We even enjoyed the experience of getting our hats in a Fasnacht shop in Luzern!”

When I asked them what they thought about the food and beverages, Laurent said that “the food was great…dessert was lovely (there were three desserts). I liked the Prosecco the most; the white wine was okay and I didn’t try the red.” Even though she is a vegetarian, Aliah said, “I would have eaten more, but I was very content with the dessert and Prosecco.”

I was curious to know if coming to the Winter Party might motivate them to join the ACZ and Laurent said, “Maybe. I think it’s a great club. I’ve got to get my cousin from Boston to move to Zurich now!” and Aliah told me, “It seems like a really great crowd so, yes I am really tempted to join now.”

From my own personal experience as a brand new member of the ACZ, I have to agree completely with Aliah and Laurent. It truly was one of the most memorable parties I’ve attended and we couldn’t have asked for such a great venue, food/drinks, excellent service and music that EVERYONE enjoyed! And finally, I had the pleasure of meeting one of the long-standing member of the club, Jeanette Bider and wanted to share some of her thoughts about the party. Here’s what she told me: "I wasn’t sure if this was something for me, but out of loyalty to the club, I registered especially as the venue was downtown. The food was much better than an “apéro riche” or “finger food” so perhaps a “stand up dinner” could have been a more appropriate description. In any case, the members who did not attend should know what a super party they missed out on…you have a great team!”

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