Ringing in the Holidays in Gratitude

When champagne flows from above like manna from heaven, you know it’s a party.

By Patti Parish-Kaminski, Publisher

It’s still been hotter than the holidays and the holy one should allow over the past week, but finally Mother Nature has had some pity on our holiday hum drums and has given us a dose of cooler temps to help make our spirits bright. That’s the good news. That bad news? That’s been only in the past 24 hours.

Not one to be dissuaded by the wacky weather despite my last fashion faux pas, I’m at it again getting all dolled up for a fancy shindig. Mother always said I had a stubborn streak in me. But I did learn a valuable lesson regarding clothing choices and Houston-area humidity. So, this time my attire consisted of nothing that could stick, bleed, poke, harm or otherwise deface me. And y’all thought you couldn’t teach an old dog new tricks.

Now proper etiquette did dictate that I was to wear a gown – so there was that – but your girl rose to the occasion by wisely selecting a frock without sleeves for ventilation purposes. Of course, the color did not aid in the battle for a breeze, but black was the obvious choice for the fine svelte silhouette it cut. A girl needs all the help she can get.

To utter that this particular event was fancy is an understatement of monumental proportion. It was a joyous celebration of our friends at Sugar Land’s Dhanani Private Equity Group (DPEG) as they achieved a stupendous milestone: achieving $1 billion in transactions! Their Holiday Gala kicked off with all of the glitz and glam fit for the occasion with delicious food, roaring 20s entertainers, acrobats, star-studded guests, specialty pastries, amazing gifts for the guests, gorgeous costumed ladies, over-the-top décor, fabulous music and dancing – even international anchor and ambassador Ms India Simran Ahuja – all the way from India.

DPEG’s Nick Dhanani, Patti Parish-Kaminski and DPEG’s Ali Wadhwani.

I was rather impressed with the elaborate affair CEO Nick Dhanani and team pulled off, even more impressed that I made it on the guest list. And team absolutely focus media and I were having a great time, until it happened. Nick upped the game like only the head of a billion dollar corporation could do. Sure, he debuted the DPEG Foundation and their worldwide donations to charitable organizations. And he shared the company’s high returns to investors, plus the 800 guests who were in attendance that night. All world-class achievements worthy of praise and admiration.

But my takeaways from the evening – what most impressed me – will always be the following. First, Nick, his team and family are the real deal. They are successful, hard-working, so genuine and kind. Second, they threw a party where a lady swung from the heavens and champagne flowed from above. That’s pretty much everything in my book. Finally, I’m not certain how I scored an invite to this amazing evening, but I’m so thankful for the experience, because these, my friends, are my kind of people. Anyone who will share their wealth with those in need, who can procure a lady to fill your glass with champagne from above while you saunter by, who genuinely appreciate and honor those who support them and can throw one heck of a party – yes, these are my kind of people. Congratulations DPEG on a job well done!

Ho, ho, hugs and see y’all next week – on the porch!

Patti Parish-Kaminski

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