Peter Lebeck Chapter #1866

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For a Good Time, Bring Your Best Girl to the Widders' Ball!

By the end of January, 100% of football Widders agree, the men in their lives really owe them a night out on the town. And if your Widder is lucky enough to have a Redshirt ensconced in her man cave, then she is truly lucky because the 54th Annual Peter Lebeck Widders' Ball is just around the corner, and you're invited!

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Coming to you Saturday, January 24, 2014 -- the footballess weekend before Super Bowl Sunday -- the PXL Widders' Ball at the Homewood Suites in Bakersfield is just what you need to make up for all the times you screamed at the TV and sustained those well placed penalty kicks your Widder gave you for watching football instead of taking out the trash. Brother! It doesn't have to be such a problem. At PXL we have the cure because our party is packed with enough goodies to cheer-up even the most football-neglected Widder. We've got dancing, we've got prizes, we've got food, and we even have an open bar -- all for one low price!

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Hosted by our Humbug Erectus Jim Bailey and his Widder Brandi, the party starts at 2:00 p.m., when you are invited to "come as you are" for our traditional Pre-Ball Hospitality. It's the perfect way to introduce prospective members and their Widders to ECV so bring your friends. The adult libations are on us and so are the snacks. Hang out by the pool or sit inside. Visit with old friends and make new ones. Check out the silliness of the previous year's PXL shenanigans by watching our animated photo galleries, but most of all have a good time.

Following Hospitality time, it's time to play dress-up. Your finest period dress (1840's -1890's) is especially encouraged but in any case you are going to want to look sharp. This year we're honoring the ladies by marching them down their own Red Carpet where they can show off their finery and their dates. Expect dinner seating to begin at 7:00 p.m., but plan to be there ahead of time so the paparazzi can have their way with her. Our secret judges will be out and about helping us decide who is the best dressed Widder in multiple categories, while the guys will just have to strut their stuff for the Best Dressed Dude Award later in the evening.

You'll want to find a place to sit, but before settling down make sure to check out the special raffle prizes and to grab a libation. Dinner will be served buffet style with your choice of Deep Pit Turkey, Beef or Veggie Platter, along with assorted sides and various desserts prepared by our Brother Jim Bailey's Homewood staff. And if that isn't enough, just help yourself to seconds because you'll need the extra energy to keep up with your Widder as she dances the night away.

At PXL our Widders' Ball is first and foremost about the ladies, so we promise that the dinner speeches will be short but memorable, including the passing of the Staff of Relief by our outgoing Humbug Charles Topping, but we have to say that our most excellent Widders' Raffle is almost second to none. We've limited it to a handful of special, preselected prizes of significant value. Check them out before dinner then divide your chances among the various entries as suits your whimsy and to increase the odds of gaining the prize of your choice. While we know that it is good Clamper etiquette to bring something for the raffle, especially when visiting from another chapter, don't be offended if we reserve your donation for our Spring Doin's. Our Widders' Raffle is designed to be quick, but awesome.

We'll also have two separate grand raffle prizes at $10 a chance, one for the men and one for the ladies, and definitely worth your while. To the lucky man, we'll be giving away a full year's worth of Clamping with PXL. If you win, you'll get a complimentary pass to our upcoming Spring and Fall Doin's, as well as free admission to next year's Widders' Ball for your Widder and the guy she deems worthy of her affection (so you'd best be nice to her, Bro'). To the lucky lady, we'll be giving away a very special prize worth several hundred dollars or its cash equivalent, so it is well worth a Brother's while to buy his date one or more chances to make the big score!

Then following dinner it's time to rev up the party and head to the hottest dance space in Bakersfield -- "Disco P-X-L." It'll be a magical evening of fun, mirth and romance with our DJ playing something for everyone. Brother, you won't be disappointed. Take to the dance floor, or grab a drink then watch the action from the bistro style seating. Step out onto the nearby patio for a breather, or step into the nearby lobby to enjoy the fire and have a quiet, memorable conversation with friends. It can all be yours when you come to the 2015 edition of our Peter Lebeck Widders' Ball.

So Brother, now's the time to treat your lady to one of the best times available in all of Clamperdom, and to invite your prospective Clamper friend and his Widder for a great fun filled afternoon and evening with PXL. But hurry because space is limited to the first 100 ball goers, and we can't guarantee that you'll get in if you show up without an RSVP. Couples will be welcome at $70. Additional guests are $35 each; and while Redshirts who come stag pay $40, any Brother who brings along another Clamper, or a prospective candidate, qualifies the pair for the $70 rate. $35 buys admission for each additional guest.

We also want you, your Widder and your friends to complete your experience by spending the night. We need Brothers, not statistics, and peace of mind means staying off the road especially if you've been drinking. No one needs the regret that comes from a 502 and its possible consequences. So unless you're a teetotaler or going home in a cab, we'd prefer that you stay over, and with the help of our Humbug Erectus Jim Bailey, you can do that for a about half the cost of a comparable accommodation anywhere in Bakersfield.

With Jim's help we've been once again able to secure a "friends and family" rate for a limited number of these choice accommodations. Each room is a mini-suite, with a full kitchen, free Wi-Fi and an extra plush and comfy king sized bed maintained to Hilton's exacting standards and made for more than just a good night's sleep. (And after a party like ours there should be no excuse for you having to scramble outside of the pocket while trying to make a pass, if you know what I mean).

Most rooms even have a pull out sofa bed just in case you need to double up with your friends. At our special rate a standard room goes for $79 a night, and an upgrade goes for $89, plus tax. Reserve your room by calling Homewood Suites at 661-664-0400, and asking for Nicole or Stacy. Mention that you're with Peter Lebeck to secure these special rates.

So don't put this one off! Sign-up now before there's no mo' Romo, the Mannings are toast, Green Bay is packing, and Flacco's showering at the fat farm. Our Widders' Ball is a prepay event limited to the first 100 guests. We nearly sold out last year at 97 attendees, so RSVP now and or you stand a good chance of missing out.

The 2015 Peter Lebeck Widders' Ball is going to be a great party, but we can't guarantee you a place at the table if you show up at the door without a reservation; and we'd hate to have to send you away. Fence sitters can check available seating by emailing us at up to the day of the Ball.

For everybody else, you can use our sign-up portal to RSVP, as well as the handy Paypal links you'll find near the bottom of the portal page. You can also sign-up by snail mail. Just make sure to postmark by Saturday, January 16, 2015, to ensure yourself a place at the Ball. Send your RSVP along with your dust to "ECV -- Peter Lebeck Chapter #1866, P.O. Box 384, Bakersfield, Ca 93302." If you don't have a copy of our infallible fillable flyer you can download it by clicking here.


Looking forward to seeing you at the Ball,


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