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Optional Events

Golf Tournament

Thursday, December 6, 8:00 a.m.

Sponsored by Great American Group and Summit Investment Management LLC

The Pete Dye Resort Course is one of the area’s loveliest but toughest courses. Diabolically Dye, the course is distinguished by hidden pin placements, carries over water, pot bunkers, elevated tees and railroad ties. This 6,706-yard par 70 award-winning championship course is just steps away from the resort, and as such shares the same majestic mountain views. The $140 fee includes breakfast, unlimited range balls, greens and tournament fees, golf cart and prizes. Check the appropriate box on the registration form, and please indicate your handicap.

Tennis Tournament

Thursday, December 6, 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by The Bank of New York, Corporate Trust and Snell and Wilmer LLP

After lunch, and prior to the commencement of the annual mixed doubles round-robin tournament, you’ll take part in a Doubles Strategy Session conducted by the resident professionals of the Reed Anderson Tennis School. The session covers the fundamentals of doubles play, court positioning, shot selection and winning tactics. The session is fun and informative, concluding with questions and answers. Then it’s on to tournament play on The Westin’s seven lighted courts, including a tournament court with stadium seating. $60 includes boxed lunch, Doubles Strategy Session, balls, tournament fees and prizes. Check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Windmill & Thousand Palms Oasis Eco-Tour

Thursday, December 6, 8:00–11:30 a.m.

The thousands of windmills dotting the foothills of the fabled San Gorgonio Pass are familiar sights to freeway travelers and airline passengers. These windmills tower over the desert with their huge wind turbine blades silently sweeping overhead. Half the length of a football field, the Palm Springs wind farms have been a source of mystery to many visitors. You will enjoy a private tour showing the history of wind energy, current utilization of wind power, its ecological impact and a look at the future of energy. Your next stop, the 17,000-acre Coachella Valley Preserve, is home to the spectacular Thousand Palms Oasis, fed by water seeping out of the San Andreas Fault. There are also several other Palms Oases, including the Willis, Hidden Horseshoe and Indian Palms. Located in the center is the Paul Wilhelm Grove, which is also the location of the Preserve’s visitor’s center. Descending into grotto-like coolness, the sudden air-conditioned feeling you will experience is not just from the shade of the fan palms. Like an evaporative cooler, their huge leaves and dozens of other plants’ leaves transpire water during the day. Within the heart of the oasis, it is 10-20 degrees cooler than in the desert outside. You will stroll through hundreds of Washingtonian Palms whose shaggy skirts hide creatures from the glaring sun. Pupfish swim in quiet pools. Emerald grass drifts in the wind and lounging Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizards—found nowhere else in the world—burrow into their favorite sand dunes. Life is cool and easy at this oasis straddling the infamous San Andreas Fault zone and the Indio Hills. The $75 fee includes deluxe transportation, expert naturalist guide, guided nature walk in the windmill farm and Palms Oasis, plus all taxes and gratuities. Check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Tour

Thursday, December 7, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 noon

Soar from the warm desert floor to the alpine mountain station at 8,516 feet in approximately 14 breathtaking minutes. Leaving the resort, your knowledgeable guide will tell you of the legends of Palm Springs, talk about the San Andreas Fault and how the Native Americans lived off the land, and point out the homes of the rich and famous. State-of-the-art tramcars from Switzerland are some of the largest in the world, offering a large viewing area and featuring an innovative rotating floor design that provides a 360-degree viewing experience that you will not soon forget! Once atop Mount San Jacinto, explore the 13,000-acre State Wilderness Park, eat at the restaurant, relax while viewing a 22-minute film about the tram, or just enjoy the unique panorama of the desert below. The $70 fee includes deluxe transportation, narrated tour en route, admission to the tram and all taxes and gratuities. Check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Chefs’ Cooking Class

Friday, December 7, 12:30–2:00 p.m.

Rub elbows with the chefs of The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa as together you prepare a fantastic meal! This hands-on class begins with a demonstration of the recipes—with an emphasis on technique. Attendance is limited to 25 people so that the chef can give you individual attention. When the food is done, sit down with your classmates and the chef and enjoy the meal you helped prepare. The $75 fee includes instruction, menus and ingredients, and lunch! Check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Rock ’n Roll Dance Party, Featuring ABI’s Own Indubitable Equivalents!

Friday, December 7, 7:00–11:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC; Navigant Capital Advisors, LLC; Nixon Peabody LLP; Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP; and RBS Greenwich Capital

Come shake, rattle and roll to music performed by the “Indubitable Equivalents,” the world’s only all-ABI member rock-and-roll band. Featuring Andy Caine, Saxophone (Pachulski Stang Ziehl Young Jones & Weintraub PC; Los Angeles); Jack Esher, Bass (Altman Riley Esher LLP; Boston); Steven Golick, Keyboards and Wind Controller (Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP; Toronto); John C. Good, Trombone (ABI; Alexandria, Va.); Dillon Jackson, Autoharp and Pedal Steel Guitar (Foster Pepper & Shefelman PLLC; Seattle); George Kelakos, Lead Guitar (Kelakos Advisors LLC; Greenwich, Conn.); Jordan Kroop, Keyboards (Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP; Phoenix); Hon. Steven Rhodes, Guitar (U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Detroit); Michael P. Richman, Keyboards (Foley & Lardner LLP; New York); Mitch Ryan, Lead Vocals (Epic Systems; Orange, Calif.); and Tom Salerno, Percussion (Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP; Phoenix); PLUS guest artists galore! The fee is $25 for conference attendees and $75 for guests, which includes drinks, dinner, dancing and the Dessert Reception. Check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Dessert Reception

Friday, December 7, 9:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Union Bank of California

The Dessert Reception is available as a stand-alone event for $25 per person; please check the appropriate box on the registration form. NOTE: The Dessert Reception is included with the Dance Party.


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