Thursday, 17 December 2015

IRRI Year-end Celebration - A Night of Tribute and Broadway!


Winners of the Best in Costume Contest -Group Category: 1st Prize- CESD (Mary Poppins Musical), 2nd Prize-GQNC (Cats Musical), and 3rd Prize-SCS (New York, New York Musical). For the Best in Costume Individual Category, winners are: 1st Prize- Joan Ynion from SSD (Annie Musical), 2nd Prize – Digna Manzanilla from CESD (Charlston Musical), and 3rd Prize- Margaret Catolos from PBGB (Wicked Musical).

What did Elphaba, Peter Pan, Annie, Eponine, Bialystock, Mary Poppins and Roxanne have in common? They all went to IRRI’s Hats-Off Celebration!

11th December was a night of glitz and glamour as staff came to the party wearing the costume of their favorite Broadway musical characters. The event has a “Hats Off” tagline to give tribute to IRRI’s past, present and future endeavors. The tribute to the out-going Director General, Robert Zeigler highlighted the event. Special DG tribute videos were shown which brought smiles and tears of joy to everyone present. Copies of special issue of Rice Today featuring the highlights of DG Zeigler’s IRRI career was also presented and distributed. Presentations from the Brent school students, IRRI spouses and staff made the night even more colorful.

Towards the evening, staff and guests enjoyed the sumptuous food served, while lucky staffs brought home exciting games and raffle prizes. Real show stoppers were the winners of the Best in Costume contest for the Individual and Group categories.  Everyone partied and sang-along the night away. The whole evening was filled with fun, laughter, nostalgia, food, games and tons of surprises!

It’s been a tough year but we should all be proud of what we accomplished together. Let’s raise a glass – to us, to our families and to a happy 2016!

IRRI Hats-off Party in Action
For related inquiries on future HRS activities and events, please contact HRS-WRAS team at HQ ext. 2935 / 2363 or send email to irrihrs-wras@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2015-056

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