For the past several years, Wright & Filippis employees have counted on an entertaining performance at the annual Appreciation Weekend. This year was no exception. But when the announcement was made that the performance had to be bumped due to a guest speaker from Washington D.C. who was going to talk about healthcare, there was a definite air of disappointment.
After the special guest was introduced, a gentleman who appeared to be in his 50s, looking somewhat disheveled, wearing a bright blue and yellow polka-dot tie walked up to the podium. After fumbling with his papers, he seemed ready to begin his speech. He pulled his eyeglasses from his shirt pocket and - wait, those aren't glasses. That's a hairbrush. He put the brush down when he realized his error and found his glasses. But they were broken. Needless to say, this man, introduced as Dr. Payne, wasn't making a very good impression on the crowd.
Once he began his speech, he was tripping over his words and what he was saying wasn't making any sense. In fact, he was saying a lot of nothing. By this point, most of the crowd was laughing, despite wondering just what was wrong with this guy. Some of the people were wondering if he was drunk. Others thought maybe he had some sort of problem. But the longer he talked, the more the crowd laughed.
Eventually, everyone was let in on the joke... The man posing as Dr. Payne from Washington D.C. is actually Mr. Doubletalk, a corporate comedian. He then began his real speech, which was a very inspiring message filled with humorous anecdotes. The production ended with some secret interviews conducted with various Wright & Filippis employees, which got the crowd roaring with laughter again.
The fun didn't end with the guest speaker that morning. Everyone was treated to a strolling buffet dinner, followed by a Vegas-style casino night. Each participant was given "$500" in chips for use at blackjack, poker, roulette, or craps tables. At the end of the night, the winnings were added up and each person received a raffle ticket for every $500 they won, which made them eligible to win prizes. In addition to the casino games, there was a deejay with dancing and karaoke.
Overall, it was a great event, and everyone who attended had a fun time. We can't wait to see what's in store for next year!