By Denise Ortuno Neil
Come out and network for a cause, at the Mingle, Jingle Holiday Business Mixer, presented by The Palm Springs Local. The 1st Annual Mixer will take place on Tuesday, December 13th, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at JC’s Patio Café in Palm Desert. The mixer benefits the Coachella Valley Rescue, and is a great way to meet others in the business community.
It’s the holidays, and not only a time for charity, but also a wonderful time to meet members of the community. So why not bring them both together? That’s exactly what I thought, and the focus of my mixer.
The mixer will benefit the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, a charity that I have worked with for years. The CVRM started back in 1971 by concerned business persons and churches. It grew from its humble beginnings in a former WWII building, into a newly constructed complex which opened in the fall of 2011. The facility helps those in need, sharing their spirituality with 225 clients a day, providing 190,000 meals a year and gives shelter to 70,000 every year. The CVRM helps the homeless, the abused, and addicted get back on their feet and back into society in a productive and positive manner.
When I interviewed the new owners of JC’s Patio Café in Palm Desert (Casey and Michelle Hutchinson) back October, I thought that it would be a fantastic place for the mixer. The restaurant is tucked away in the Plaza on El Paseo shopping nook, which is undoubtedly part of its charm. Upon entering the restaurant, it is hard not to notice the collage of photos that line the entry wall, evidence of 26 years of success and patron admiration. The patio shaded with colored umbrellas, is the focal point of the café, and is highlighted by a flowing fountain, exuding the soothing sounds of falling water. It is old school Palm Deser
Entertainment at the mixer will be generously provided by the duet the Carmen’s, Cythia and Tony Appolito. The duo have been performing throughout the Coachella Valley for over a decade at popular spots such as, Vicky’s of Santa Fe, Vue Bar & Grille. Spotlight 29 Casino, and many more. With guitar by Tony, and vocals by his lovely wife Cythia, they entertain with a variety of music ranging from Ballads, Latin, Blues, Rock & Roll and Jazz.
A silent auction will be offered at the mixer, with very generous donated items from some awesome desert businesses which include, Castellis Ristorante, Mitch’s on El Paseo, Escape Room Palm Springs, Beauty By Elayna, Carnival Cabaret, Troy and many others, all benefitting the CVRM.
Admission to the mixer is only $10, and includes appetizers and drink specials and a chance to win a dining experience at JC’s Patio Café. There will also be a silent auction with great items just in time for some last minute shopping, including Castellis, Mitch’s on El Paseo, Blo-Dry Bar, Escape Room Palm Springs, Carnival Cabaret, Troy and many more!
The Mingle, Jingle, Holiday Business Mixer at JC’s Patio Café in Palm Desert, promises to be a fun filled evening to meet and greet and get to know your business neighbor, and The Palm Springs Local (me). All while benefitting the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. Hope to see you there and Happy Holidays!