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Festivus 2010: Minyanville Gives Back!

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The purpose of the journey is the journey itself.

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Have you ever seen that GEICO commercial when the former drill sergeant tries his hand at being a therapist? After a tender admission by his patient, R. Lee Ermey screams "Maybe we should chug on over to Mamby Pamby land!"

To the untrained eye, Minyanville might seem somewhat Mamby or perhaps even Pamby at times. While our steadfast mission is to effect positive change through financial understanding, we keep our eye on the important stuff as we together find our way.

Sometimes that means Giving Thanks.

Other times it communicates What We've Learned.

On occasion, we'll share the tale of how we've grown.

Throughout our efforts, there has always been an underlying theme -- a consistency if you will -- of truth and trust. That's not just an editorial mandate, it's a guiding principle.

With so many suffering and others focused on getting ahead, we like to believe that if you do the right thing long enough, folks will eventually take notice. That, if you're able to look yourself in the eyes, the universe will surround you like water poured in a glass of marbles.

That's why we say that a Minyan is someone who is good at what they do and better at whom they are. We've gotta believe in something in this day and age and it might as well be ourselves, each other, and effecting positive change through The Ruby Peck Foundation for Children's Education.

The Building Blocks

We've done our fair share of events.

The original Minyans in the Mountains took place in Crested Butte, CO. in 2004.

MIM2 evolved the next summer in Ojai, CA, followed by MIM3 in Vail and The Critters Choice Awards in Manhattan in 2006.

2007, our Emmy Award winning 2008, and 2009 served as a foundation for the current Festivus series, which is our signature soiree under our philanthropic umbrella. We have a lot of fun, see a lot of friends, and help a lot of kids. Yahtzee.

There were alotta folks who make Friday night a huge success. Jill Jacinto, our event coordinator, did another bang up job; dare I say, she made it look easy though large events never are. Kevin Wassong, our fearless President and my brother for almost a quarter-century, was at the top of his game as he typically is. I even spied more than a few smiles.

Our tireless MVHQ staffers -- along with those married or involved with them -- deserve a hat tip, as they move mountains each and every market day.

Our tireless professors are certainly appreciated -- particularly those who traveled to share the affair -- and of course, there's you, our global Minyanship, residing across 120 countries around the globe. If you couldn't make it to Festivus and would still like to contribute to a wonderful cause, please click here.

The event, of course, wouldn't have been if it wasn't for the generosity and graciousness of our sponsors. They include TD-Ameritrade, BTIG, The Bennet Sedacca Memorial Scholarship Fund, Hill Country Raymond James, Heiberger & Associates PC, EnterMedia, All-American Recycling , HiTouch Services, BlueStar Jets, Rothmans, WJB. Pearson, T3 Live, and the fine folks at Euro Pacific.

Thank you, thank you and thank you.

A Host With a Toast

I'm a better writer than I am a speaker so when it came time to give my speech, I kept it light and tight so folks could get back to the hugs and handshakes. I thanked the attendees for taking the time to make a difference and give back to the healers, leaders, dreamers, and visionaries tomorrow.

I also announced that 100% of the net proceeds from the event will benefit our philanthropic partners, with the primary beneficiary being a newfound alliance with Junior Achievement as we embark on experiential programs that will promote the fundamental building blocks of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy to young people all over the world.

And finally, I asked everyone there to raise a glass and join me as we toasted not only my grandfather Ruby Peck, but each and every person who we've loved and lost and is no longer with us. I knew of several in the crowd who recently lost loved ones; some that very day. This was a particularly poignant moment. A pause of mindfulness before we celebrated the journey of life.

"Let's remember them, let's make them proud, and let's do our part to be part of the solution," I said as I hoisted a Mug O' Goose, "Have a great time tonight and let's rock and roll!"

And so we did, and the images below captured some of the magic. (See more from our photographer, Allan Tannenbaum, at http://www.sohoblues.com/.)


© Allan Tannenbaum
Kind thanks to our sponsors!


© Allan Tannenbaum
Syracuse legend Don McPherson and Toddo


© Allan Tannenbaum
Jackie and Allan Millstein share a 60's flashback!


© Allan Tannenbaum
Jeff and Cheryl Saut -- As Good as it Gets!


© Allan Tannenbaum
Lila Depew and Mama Harrison vibe tight.


© Allan Tannenbaum
The Minyan Mingle


© Allan Tannenbaum
New Beginnings


© Allan Tannenbaum
Toddo and MV Professor Dan Englander


© Allan Tannenbaum
Jeanne Glasser and MV President Kevin Wassong


© Allan Tannenbaum
Nicole enjoys the other side of a practical joke!


© Allan Tannenbaum
Minyans Everywhere!


© Allan Tannenbaum
Jamie and Robyn -- and I thought I flunked flank!


© Allan Tannenbaum
Junior Achievement, Minyanville, and RP, Oh My!


© Allan Tannenbaum
The Top-Notch Curcio Clan


© Allan Tannenbaum
J-Roh gets his groove on!


© Allan Tannenbaum
Chow Time!


© Allan Tannenbaum
Tami and the Fish!


© Allan Tannenbaum
The Petty Thieves Rock!


© Allan Tannenbaum
Guess which one is my trainer?


© Allan Tannenbaum
Hug a (Katie) Sedacca!


© Allan Tannenbaum
T3 in the House!


© Allan Tannenbaum
Guess who just saved 15% on car insurance?


© Allan Tannenbaum
Voyage brings down the house!


© Allan Tannenbaum
Seriously, nobody had fun!


© Allan Tannenbaum
Still not having fun!


© Allan Tannenbaum
More Sedaccas!


© Allan Tannenbaum
Minyans strike a pose!


© Allan Tannenbaum
Jilly and her posse -- Job well done!


© Allan Tannenbaum
Wassong, Wassong, Weiss, Weiss!


© Allan Tannenbaum
MV Professor Jeff Cooper sizes up the competition.


© Allan Tannenbaum
We'll see you next year!


R.P.

No positions in stocks mentioned.

Todd Harrison is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Minyanville. Prior to his current role, Mr. Harrison was President and head trader at a $400 million dollar New York-based hedge fund. Todd welcomes your comments and/or feedback at todd@minyanville.com.

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