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APTRA Christmas Party 2004
Oh, what a night!

It was "wonderful"said one partier "very cool" said another! They were talking about the 3rd annual APTRA Holiday Party at Universal CityWalk's Cafe Tu Tu Tango.

The place was awash in good feelings, good food, a flowing chocolate fondue fountain, good chit chat and, something new (drum roll please) the first ever SHOWTIME AT THE APTRA HOLIDAY PARTY! Party band FULL THROTTLE got everyone in the holiday mood with a medley of Christmas songs, standup comic Richie Dreamer had everyone laughing, Irene Nachreiner gave a strong performance singing such tunes as "Fly Me To The Moon" and "Besame Mucho," Jimmy Demers WOWED the crowd singing songs written by his accompaniest brother Donny and Linda and Stephen TAVANI rounded out a show that ran about an hour and 20 minutes. Fun too were the shows emcees ... Gigi Graciette, Ross Becker, Roberta Gonzales and yours truly.

This was clearly a new direction for the party which has always had the entertainment of FULL THROTTLE, but never a fully produced show within the evening. This despite such surprises as THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS' Brenda Epperson singing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" in the first year and at the second annual event, STAR TREK'S George Takei leading everyone in the singing of "Jingle Bells" while Star Trek Voyager's Robert Picardo (The Doctor) and his daughter belted out a comical holiday routine they designed.

Partiers came from such places as LA, Bakersfield, Palm Springs, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Las Vegas and even Chicago!

Thanks to everyone who came and everyone who helped make this evening a hugh success! That includes all the neat folks at Cafe Tu Tu Tango from Misty who managed the night's activities for the restaurant, Naomi who coordinated them for us, Ryan -- the perfect bartender (who is a singer herself!) and all of the neat servers -- some of whom joined in on the fun getting out on the dance floor like everyone else!

Oh, what a night!

APTRA Holiday Party Producer Hal Eisner (UPN13/FOX11) emcees the event's new SHOWTIME AT THE APTRA HOLIDAY PARTY
APTRA President Sabrina Hughes (KNTV) addresses partiers
Gigi Graciette (UPN 13/FOX11)introduces Standup Comic Richie Dreamer
Standup comic Richie Dreamer cracks up a receptive crowd!
During SHOWTIME Las Vegas News Anchor Ross Becker (KTNV) interviews KPIX Weather Anchor Roberta Gonzales' ANNA NICOLE SMITH impersonation
Jazz singer Irene Nachreiner entertains
Singer Jimmy Demers & his brother Donnie Demers are a huge hit
Stephen and Linda TAVANI sing Linda's big 1970's hit "Reunited." Back then she was "Peaches" with "Peaches and Herb" -- the group that struck gold with the huge hit

The AP's Linda Deutsch, Michael Sands of Sands Digital Media, Bob Tarlau (KTTV) and his wife Barbara enjoy the evening
Stephen and Linda TAVANI are all smiles at the party
Clapping along! (L to R) Roberta Gonzales (KPIX), Sabrina Hughes (KNTV), Abe Mendoza (KGO), Gigi Graciette (UPN 13/FOX11)and Hal Eisner (UPN13/FOX11)