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December 20, 2013

LA East Elites Bring on the Ugly to Holiday Sweater Party

We jingled in the holidays with a toy drive to benefit a local non-profit, Walking for Mommy, at Yelp's Ugly Sweater Holiday Bash at Toro Sushi Bar and Lounge in Pasadena. Early arrivals were put straight to work on the Yelp Holiday Wish board with many looking to get lucky for the Mega jackpot. All work eventually pays off as Elites received a fancy Yelp mustache to accessorize with their holiday wear.

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Elites were then greeted with the sweet vocals and talented acoustics of Who's Clayton. As they jammed, Elites made their way to some grub that included: Mini Baked Orange, Dynamite Mussels, Teriyaki Meatballs, Japanese-style Ceviche, Sauteed Edamame, Sexi Mexi Roll, and Greenbay Roll. The Ceviche was easily the crowd favorite as Leona S raves, "My goodness, the ponzu in there was a real punch of flavor with the tuna and salmon. I could've eaten bowls and bowls of that."

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To wash it all down were Toro's famous and award-winning Cucumber Skini-Tini made with Skinny Girl Vodka, brews from Ohana Brewing Company, and Lagunitas IPA and Little Sumpin' Sumpin'.

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Capturing all the "ugly" moments was Yorokobi Photo Booth with all their fun and creative props making for a picture-perfect hit! Pics of ugly sweaters were snapped throughout the night, but a special shoutout to Shanika H. and her Miley-riding ornament! And of course, the lovely ladies at Walking for Mommy were thrilled with all the loot donated for the kiddos!

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Filled with holiday cheer, we ended the night raising over $350 and over 80 unwrapped toys for the organization. What a great way to end the year with some holiday giving!

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Happy Holidays!

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Nitar L and Katie B

SGV Marketing Assistant and LA East Community Manager

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