Thursday, April 29, 1999
NYNMA's "Bowling For Interns" night
Disco Duck and Village People were out in full force at the Chelsea Piers bowling alley on Thursday, April 29th for NYNMA's "Bowling For Interns" night. The question isn't really who was there, but who wasn't?! So many Alley firms came out to support and raise money and awareness for NYNMA's internship program. The agencies who bowled? Well, there was Outside the Box, Weather.com, Organic, ZD Net, HotJobs, Double Click, Oracle, Avenue A Media, Met Life.com, NY Times, InterCLUBS Single Bowler Lane, LinkShare, The Globe, PR 21, SME New Media, Brobeck Phelger & Harrison, LLP, Sidewalk, and iXL. Amy Hogue of Digex said it was "the most fun networking party!" Team Captain of Insignia/ESG Cindy Glanzrock felt similarly with her comments of "Awesome! It's so much fun!" Judy of Redwood Partners was kicking some serious butt and Leslie Hess, Cherry Arnold and the other Barnes and Noblers were working hard at staying competitive. Over 270 people came out and Stephanie Agresta, of Barnesandnoble.com coordinated the event and was thrilled with the turn-out. "It's great to see the best and brightest of the Silicon Alley come out to support NYNMA and the internship program. The whole night was a lot of fun and it really shows that NY internet companies care about involving young people in the future of this industry." Stephanie has plans to pack the place next year. I chatted with Mark Bell of Globix too who was spinning some fine strikes, and saw my newest best friend -- simply because she's been at every event I have in the last month -- Kailah Ronin of Redwood Partners! : ) Webgrrls Eileen Shulock came over and gave me and the beautiful and sharp-witted Stacey Schrader glow-in-the-dark stars for our faces. Ms. Schrader's the only person I know who has a custom and personal outgoing message from Robin Leach on her answering machine. Jodie Kahn is driving out to the Burning Man festival this year with my old Alley to Valley trekker Dave Brown of CDNow. Many teams were in custom bowling shirts -- like Morrison & Forrester team with their "Alley McBowls" shirts and Agency.com in an aqua number with embroidered names. Jerry "Lucky" Bavarro thinks they all went on-line and got them at one place. Could be!?! The Intellispace team was challenged to a $100 bet by the Interglobe team and that rally went on long after the official event ended. Webgrrls won the "Best costume" category and other awards went out to teams with the Highest Score; the Team and Individual that raises the most money. Not a bad way to raise money and get jobs for talented young people, while spinning a glow-in-the-dark bowling ball down a disco lane to funky tunes!