Black and white and fabulous all over!

The COURIER’s premier “Black and White and ‘Read’ All Over” was the first Party Parade event to be hosted by the Claremont COURIER.

When asked to host a party this year, it seemed like a no brainer: have a rocking party and donate the money to a great charity, Claremont Community Foundation (CCF). Little did we know, putting on a party of this size was no easy task. The hosts from past parties fooled us by making the planning seem effortless.

There was mayhem and madness in the weeks leading up, with licenses to get, locations to secure and food to be donated. Luckily for us, Claremont is home to some of the most generous businesses and people.

 It all started with the location. The city of Claremont graciously allowed us to use the historic Depot for the night. At one time, it was frequently rented for parties and business events but hasn’t been used in many years, giving us a unique party spot.

Next came the food. Our friends at Eureka Claremont, Euro Café and Viva Madrid stepped up in a big way by donating massive amounts of tasty treats. Dale Bros Brewery and Packing House Wines also graciously donated the beer and wine.

On the day of the party, we were running around like chickens with our heads cut off. But, with some help from our friends and our amazing staff, we were able to pull it off just in the nick of time.

As guests began to arrive, they were handed their very own press passes giving them free reign to food, drinks and the COURIER photo booth. Publisher/owner Peter Weinberger and staff photographer Steven Felschundneff teamed up to create an amazing photo booth experience. Guests could don any of the wacky props that were provided and received pictures instantly to their emails thanks to modern technology.

Wanting to raise as much money as possible for CCF, the COURIER also donated two large gift baskets and a Weinberger-original large-scale print as raffle prizes. Dale Bros Brewery and The Colony at Loft 204 also donated generous baskets making the raffle an all around success.

The party was a hit making a nice chunk of change to support the CCF. If you want to be a part of raising money for your community, there are still eight more parties to attend. CCF celebrates its 25th anniversary party tonight, March 14 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the beautiful Padua Hills Theatre. You can find us there enjoying food from local eateries and jamming out to music of “Remember Then.”

Party on,