Christmas in Vegas Serves Up a Hunka-Hunka Good Time

Attendees hoping to win a hand in blackjack

Record number of ABC members turn up for Christmas Party

The Christmas Party—an annual tradition for ABC Southeastern Michigan members—came back with a funky twist for 2022. Attendees were transported to Las Vegas in the form of the SEMCA workshop. Candy canes lined the door, leading to an abundance of holiday spirit.

Local casino/entertainment company Lorio Ross Entertainment provided spirited activities for members to test their luck this holiday season. Attendees got to help raise money for ABC SEMI’s Build Your Future Fund, an association scholarship program for trade students attending SEMCA, by playing Vegas style blackjack, craps, and roulette. Literally “gambling” on their future in the trades.

“I have to admit, I love craps,” said Jennifer Pinto of American Diversity, a merchandise marketing firm. “This was such a great way to raise money to help a worthy cause and let members have a great night of Vegas in our own back yard. Having Elvis in the house was a nice touch too.”

Pinto continued saying that only ABC could pull off having Elvis in a scissor lift to serenade the crowd.

Members traveled far and wide to be there for a night of great networking in a Vegas style atmosphere.

“What an amazing night,” remarked Andrew Krawczyk, representative for Milwaukee Tool. “I love being able to catch up with so many of my fellow members and clients in a fun environment. Their Christmas parties are not to be missed—this year was the best so far! I drove all the way from Grand Rapids to be here and am glad I did.”

As 2022 comes to a close, leadership at ABC SEMI is optimistic about what the future of the organization will have in the unsure times ahead.

“With the changing political tides in Michigan we are unsure what our economy and the impact it will have on the trades will be,” said Keith Ledbetter, President and CEO of ABC SEMI. “One thing I am sure of is that ABC SEMI will be here to continue the fight to make sure our members are able to compete in the trades and fight tooth and nail to embody the merit shop philosophy. This was a great way for us to wrap up our 50th Anniversary year here. Our members and staff had a heck of a year, and this Christmas party was just a hint of some awesome events and activities to come in 2023. Viva Las Vegas, Viva ABC!”

Plans are underway for this year’s Christmas party, which will be held again at the SEMCA shop, but we’re turning up the heat for this one. We hope to see everyone for a festive Christmas in Paradise in December.

  • Scott McInerney tries his hand at craps