Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 23, 2010
On Thursday, May 13, 2010, more than 1,100 C-Level executives and financial investors will gather in The Grand Lobby of 2000 Avenue of the Stars, and in the adjacent Century City Park, for the Fifth Annual MeatEaters Ball (http://www.meateatersball.org) - an exclusive night of networking, charity, dancing, deal-making…and tasty southern barbecue. This year's Ball, which benefits two different charities, the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (http://www.chla.org) and The BizWorld Foundation (http://www.bizworld.org), will once again be the financial communities' event of the year.
The now "cocktail attire" affair was originally founded in 2006, by Robert K. Whyte, Managing Partner at Diamond Capital Partners, and David L. Cremin, Managing Director at DFJ Frontier. In its first year, the backyard networking BBQ pulled in 120 guests. In its second year, expected attendance was 250, and the event saw more than 550 guests. In the event's third year and at a new location, the foyer of the new CAA Headquarters, event staff planned for 500 guests, and attendance reached more than 950. Last year, in its fourth run, the MeatEaters Ball saw attendance of more than 1,100 people, raising $55,000 for charity.
Frank Mottek, host of KNX 1070 Newsradio's popular Southern California show, "KNX Business Hour", has referred to the MeatEaters Ball as "…the best networking event of the year." The Ball has been referenced as the replacement for the now defunct "Predator's Ball" - an annual event once hosted by Drexel's Michael Milken, at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
This year's Ball will feature a scotch and cigar bar, a martini piano bar, a "Caribbean Delight" bar, a "Mexican Fiesta" bar, and a "Napa Valley" bar. The "meat" component of the Ball will once again be provided by the famous Los Angeles eatery, Woody's Bar-B-Que. The evening's impressive sponsor lineup includes Platinum Sponsors: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; TriNet; and Vintage Filings and Vcorp Services; as well as additional sponsor, Lux5 Events.
Last year, MeatEater's Ball guests were entertained by go-go dancers spaced throughout the building's majestic foyer - due to the popularity of the evening's entertainment, plans for this year's Ball do include bringing back the dancers. This annual event turns the normally conservative financial community into a crowd of revelers who come together to enjoy great food, music, and entertainment, all for a charitable cause.
"We are arranging this year's event in such a way that our 1,100-plus attendees will have the time of their networking lives…and we're throwing in some surprises that only a tiger could come up with," says Mr. Whyte, giving a nod to the Chinese New Year.
Mr. Whyte continues, "Reminiscent of Milken's Predator's Ball from years past, this event is a venue for starting deals - in a fun yet professional setting. I, myself, closed a transaction due to a private equity contact whom I met for the first time at last year's event."
The 2010 MeatEater's Ball will be held on Thursday, May 13, from 6:00-11:00 PM, at 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Tickets for the event are $125 each during February, with prices rising to $150 each as of March 1, and then to $175 each as of May 1. Ticket prices include open bar, barbecue dinner (leaf-eater options will also be available), and the evening's entertainment (TBA). The event hosts request cocktail attire for the evening, and both valet and self-parking will be available.
For information and updates on the 2010 MeatEater's Ball, to purchase tickets, or to inquire about event sponsorship opportunities, please visit: http://www.meateatersball.org.
About Robert K. Whyte
At his current firm, Diamond Capital Partners, Mr. Whyte's financial focus is media and entertainment, consumer products, manufacturing, and aerospace. His clients include both private and public firms looking to grow or acquire assets, or expand by acquiring their competition. Prior to becoming a Founding and Managing Partner at Diamond Capital, Mr. Whyte was a Managing Director at Mosaic Capital Securities, LLC.
Prior to joining Mosaic Capital, Mr. Whyte founded the Los Angeles office of Morgan Joseph & Co. Here, as Managing Director and member of the Media and Entertainment group, he specialized in broadcast and entertainment financing, acting as agent for mergers or acquisitions together with sourcing funding for middle market media companies, through PIPEs, SPACs, and traditional funding methods.
Before moving to Los Angeles, Mr. Whyte was a partner in the New York City-based Media and Broadcast Group of Daniels and Associates, where he assisted companies in expanding their asset base and entering new areas of media. Prior to this, Mr. Whyte was a merchant banker in Toronto and New York, where he also specialized in communication and media financing.
Historically, Mr. Whyte was one of the founding partners in the Canadian affiliate of Home Shopping Network and, in 1986, led the company as its COO through its IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Mr. Whyte currently serves as Past President of the Los Angeles Venture Association, the city's oldest community business association. Mr. Whyte is available for interviews and/or comment, as well as public speaking opportunities, as a financial and media expert. He recently spoke at The ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries Annual Meeting, held in Los Angeles, in a panel discussion entitled "Dumb Money vs. Smart Money."
More information about Mr. Whyte and his firm, Diamond Capital Partners, can be found at: http://www.diamondcapitalpartners.com.