The Event Team Book Report: Third Quarter

In the beginning of 2015, The Event Team announced our annual Give Back Program, where we committed to donating one book to  San Diego and Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club branches for every piece of booked business in 2015. Our first book report back in March showed that The Event Team destination management company had operated 62 programs in the first quarter alone. Six months later, we’re happy to report that number has climbed to 141 programs already operated, with at least 20 more Southern California events on the books for the fourth quarter! In addition to over 160 books “raised” so far, we’ve also decided to boost our donation by holding a book drive at this year’s holiday party.

The Event Team’s Picks

Choosing a variety of titles for a variety of age groups is actually quite challenging, but our team of “Super People” had fun making suggestions based on some of their favorite childhood books. Here are some of their choices, starting with The Event Team’s fearless leader Matt Robbins (who deserves major props for approving and supporting this give-back campaign):

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster was the first book to really wake me up to the world of imagination and words. It was so original and clever that I still remember so many of the life’s lessons I learned. I remember that if you weren’t paying attention you could sometimes ‘Jump to conclusions’ (An Island accessible only by jumping). I remember being told that ‘You can swim all day in the sea of Knowledge and still come out completely dry.’ And I certainly learned that ‘it’s bad enough wasting time without killing it.’ But I remember laughing out loud as a little kid when the whole group got into the car and someone asked ‘How does it run.’ The answer was very straightforward: ‘It goes without saying.’ So they stopped talking and the car took off!”
Matt Robbins, President

Matt Robbins with The Phantom Tollbooth

Matt Robbins with The Phantom Tollbooth

“To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was, is, and will always be my favorite book. ‘You never understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.‘”
Geraldine Caedo, General Manager

“I loved anything by Roald Dahl (Matilda, The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Fantastic Mr. Fox)”
Taryn Devich, Executive Assistant

Taryn Devich with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Taryn Devich with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

“Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess! This was one of the first books I was able to read on my own!
Marcie Booth, Operations Manager

“Charlotte’s Web by EB White: this is a classic story about friendship and not giving up – and it has been a great experience to relive the story with my daughter as we read the book together.
Paige Weeber, VP Operations

Paige Weeber with Charlotte's Webb

Paige Weeber with Charlotte’s Webb

“I loved The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter (all of them). They make me cry! Well, not The Rainbowfish so much, but it’s just one of those stand out books from my childhood. And the fish was pretty.”
Aimee Nobleza, Operations Assistant

“Even though I love reading now, it was torture to me as a kid. I’d rather be outside playing sports! But I did love riddles and puzzles like I Spy and Where’s Waldo at that time.”
Katie Bowen, Design and Sales Coordinator

Katie Bowen with I Spy and Where's Waldo?

Katie Bowen with I Spy and Where’s Waldo?

“Ever since I can remember I’ve loved mysteries. I tried to never miss an episode of Murder She Wrote, I had a Clue themed birthday party, and I tried to read every Hardy Boys book out there.”
Rachel Horgan, Sales Manager

Rachel Horgan with The Hardy Boys

Rachel Horgan with The Hardy Boys

“I remember being obsessed with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. I loved the holes where the caterpillar ‘ate’ the food. I also liked the colors and flaps, and that he turned into a beautiful butterfly. My son Mason loves the book too.”
Romy Linde, Director of Sales

“Who doesn’t love the unlikely hero story? My dad used to read Tolkien’s The Hobbit to me before bed when I was little. Then I got a closer look when it was part of his 7th grade English class curriculum. So many life lessons!”
Lindsay White, Director of Marketing

Lindsay White with The Hobbit

Lindsay White with The Hobbit

Ready to Join Us?

Have a last minute group for 2015? Contact us today and help us increase our final count! Thanks so much to all our valued hoteliers and clients for helping us make such a positive contribution to our community. We’ve still got a few books to order…what are some of your favorites?