As the days shorten, leaves fall and men waste hours in front of the talking box, it can only means one thing: The Holidays will soon be upon us. This also means that lots of traveling and family time – two things that can make the holidays a less-than desirable time of year.
Luckily for PwC employees in New York, two partners have opened their hearts and homes (not literally) so that you may avoid those two nuisances entirely:
To the People of the New York Metro Practice:
The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday break provides us with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the company of family and friends and to reflect on all we have to be thankful for. However, we recognize that some of our people may be far from home (such as our people who are on tour from various other PwC offices) or may just not have somewhere to spend Thanksgiving Day. If you don’t have plans, Tim Ryan, Assurance Leader and Bill Cobourn, Sectors & Markets Leader will host (along with their families), a special Thanksgiving Day meal.
We would like to invite you and your friend, spouse, significant other, or children — and we can all celebrate this special day together. As some of you know, Tim has six children–so there will be fun for both adults and children. This festive meal will be held on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25) in the afternoon at a Manhattan venue to be announced. To help us plan for this event, please indicate your interest in attending using the link below. If you respond “yes” we will follow up shortly to provide additional details.
Please recognize that if you already have plans for the holiday, you are not being asked to change them.
This unprecedented display of generosity is quite welcome considering past behavior by some partners in other cities but we do have questions:
1. Is there a short list for the “Manhattan venue” and will attendees be allowed to vote on the locale?
2. Will the “kids table” consist of non-partners as well as kids or will all the adults be allowed to sit together regardless of title?
3. What’s the “saying grace” situation? Also, will there be assigned seats or is it going to be like boarding a Southwest flight?
4. Will table manners be of the Judith Martin or Emily Post persuasion?
5. What’s on the menu? Is going to be the typical fare or are we going non-tradish? Is it catered or are Tim and Bill going cheap and making it potluck?
6. Open bar?
7. Are certain topics of conversation off the table? Examples may include but are not exclusive to: A) The new logo B) AIG C) Deloitte’s ascension to #1.
8. Will there be an open call for entertainment or is the pianist from DC going to step up again?
You have to agree that all of the above are important but are we missing anything? If you’ve got more questions, leave them below.