General Services Dept. brings back holiday party virtually that centers on giving.

Information courtesy Melody McCormick and Marie Saraos, General Services

Some posters from monthly contests as part of General Services’ holiday charity event.

Normally, General Services hosts a big and memorable holiday party for employees.

But last year, due to the pandemic, the department changed gears and went virtual to raise funds for charities.

“It was important to keep our holiday tradition going,” Eric Robles, Director of Special Services and Club Member, said last year. “General Services wanted to celebrate the season through our annual giving since we can’t celebrate like we normally do.”

General Services decided last April to repeat the virtual holiday effort and focus the fundraising on three nonprofit organizations selected by the party committee.

Those who donate are eligible to win prizes, including a road trip basket, a Hilton getaway package, tickets to outdoor events like Carved and Universal Halloween Haunt Night, LA Zoo Lights, the Lightscape Experience at the LA Arboretum, and gift cards to Amazon, Ralphs or Albertson’s. There are also 50/50 raffles.

This year’s fundraiser culminates on Dec. 14 with a virtual party, final giveaway raffle and announcement of how much the party has raised. At press time, General Services has raised more than $3,000, and more is expected.