The Charley’s Cabaret of Pacific Islands Club was jam-packed with over 200 people for last Saturday’s 2013 Palooza.
This year’s theme was “PIC Palooza—The Game Show” and PIC Saipan executive Glenn Policare tried his best Bob Barker and Pat Sajak impersonations while emceeing beloved TV game shows like “The Price is Right” and “Wheel of Fortune” during the CNMI’s party of parties.
It was not all fun and games, though, as the American Red Cross NMI Chapter was chosen as the beneficiary of the proceeds from the event this year.
In the “Wheel of Fortune” segment, American Red Cross executive director John Hirsh, Doreen Tesero, and Tyce Mister made it to the finals after winning their respective preliminary games.
Hirsh successfully guessed “NMI American Red Cross, ” while Tesero answered the clue for “PIC Palooza” correctly. Mister, meanwhile, got into the finals after correctly guessing “Forbidden Islands.”
In the finals, Mister ran off with a PIC Saipan room stay after guessing “Vicky Benevente” on the clue for “famous persons.”
In the “Price is Right” segment, Marianas Eye Institute’s Russ Quinn won in his “low or high” game and took home a room stay courtesy of the San Antonio hotel.
Also victorious was Ray Camacho who made the right moves in “numbers scramble” and was $200 richer in his wallet.
In the “Hunger Games” Winnie Lee got the better of PIC Saipan’s “Big” Jim Taman in a fight-to-the-finish match that had the two protagonists armed with red markers while one of their wrists were tied together. The former won after Taman had more red mark “slashes” on his shirt.
In “card sharks,” Jim of Gualo Rai triumphed and earned $40 for all his troubles.
PIC Saipan SEA operations manager Dennis Tababa said it was a very successful event. Aside from the more than 200 guests, they also sold over 400 raffle tickets and the party ended at past 12am.
Hirsh thanked PIC Saipan and the over 200 people who took part in the event Saturday night.
“They had a great turnout. It’s always difficult to help raise money in the community now there are so many worthwhile charitable organizations. We really feel grateful that people in our community are still supporting the American Red Cross. They know the great work we’re doing.”
The American Red Cross NMI Chapter provides services and programs to the people of Saipan, Rota, Tinian, and the Northern Islands.
Past beneficiaries of the PIC Palooza include the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance, Guma Esperanza Women’s Shelter, PAWS, Beautify CNMI, and Karidat.