My apologies to the small group of you who encouraged me & the even smaller group who put their money where their mouths were. The intention of this campaign was to fill in the edges after we had 2/3 of it taken care of by a single sponsor, who was scheduled to contribute in the first week of the campaign, as well as a smaller sponsor who would chip in if needed. Sadly, both of them decided to back out at the 11th hour and I was unable to find another meaningful lead sponsor on short notice.
Ergo, I'll be returning the small amounts of money that have come in thus far, and returning to our historic location for the 7th year in Paradise Palms (where the video was shot). The party is now free and by invitation only, but I'm happy to invite all supporters and encouragers. You can see our new listing at http://cespartylist.com/ces-partylist-wrap-party/
Thank you to everyone, and next year, I'll probably try again, but I'll make sure the main sponsors upload on day one!
Every January, more than 150,000 people from all over the world congregate in the middle of the desert to show off the greatest gadgets and newest, most innovative consumer technologies in the world before they’re released to the public. In addition, more than 6,000 media attend this event, rubbing elbows with the world’s top CEOs and influencers in this field. If gadget geeks had a Woodstock or Burning Man, it would be Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show.
We’ve run the CES Party List (www.cespartylist.com), the #1 site on the Internet for tracking CES parties, since 2005. With the blessing of the show – they’ve linked to us from their blog and asked us to tweet things for them – we have become the top resource for reporters and VIPs to plan their evenings and keep tabs on the event’s major parties, the majority of which are not listed on any official sites.
Since 2006, we’ve also held an event called the "CES Partylist Party" on the third night of CES (this year, that's Thursday, January 10) – and since 2007, it’s been at my home in the hip, historic Paradise Palms district of Las Vegas (a few minutes east of the convention center on the golf course where they filmed the old Vegas mobster movie Casino – in fact, my home is right where they crash-landed the plane in one of that movie’s great moments).
But after eight years, the party has outgrown the home. We had to turn down so many people last year who wanted to attend, and this year we’ve had a much stronger interest from prospective sponsors and partygoers alike to step it up a notch and find a much bigger venue.
What to do?
THIS IS WHERE MICHAEL JACKSON COMES INTO THE PICTURE
Michael Jackson loved Las Vegas. He had several homes in town, but none more impressive than what is now being called the "Thriller Villa" (http://thrillervilla.wordpress.com/). This was also his FINAL RESIDENCE when his death shocked the world in 2009. It’s only nine minutes north of the convention center in the oldest of old school neighborhoods in Las Vegas, Pinto Palomino (near the giant estates of Rancho Circle, Rancho Bel Air and Rancho Nevada). This is a part of Las Vegas that most visitors never get the chance to see, much less visit its most famous property.
The Thriller Villa (originally called the Hacienda Palomino) is where Michael Jackson lived for the final two years of his life. It was built in 1952 and brought over BRICK-BY-BRICK from Mexico. It’s a seven-bedroom, 12-bathroom estate on 1.7 acres valued at $12 million. There is no parking allowed on or near the property, so we’ll need to hire half a dozen or so valets, as well as VIP shuttle service from the convention center. Plus catering. And bartenders. And what’s the point of holding something in the Michael Jackson mansion if you don’t have some top-tier musical performers?
We’ve tentatively secured a ten-time Grammy nominee and three-time Grammy winner, as well as another Grammy nominee – and we’re just getting started! So who wants to help crowdfund this amazing party on Thursday, January 10, 2013? We can get the basics done for $30,000 and we’ll just keep adding cool new things if we raise more!
If you're interested in being a sponsor and want to speak with us before pulling the trigger to discuss logistics, menu, and all the other goodies you'll get as a sponsor, please email us at email@example.com
Team on This Campaign:
CES Partymeister and Michael Jackson impersonator