Comradeship, laughter, fun. These are some of the words that can describe the atmosphere that reigned during the Ginarte Lawyers’ Annual Family Picnic, held on Saturday afternoon September 9th at Surf City Restaurant in Jersey City.
The spirit of celebration was felt right from the start, with music, food, drink and games for both adults and children. In all, about 300 people, among the firm’s employees from seven different offices with their families, gathered to share as friends, better yet, as a family.
Magicians, clowns, a photo booth, fantasy make-up for children and carnival games were some of the activities that guaranteed the entertainment of the attendees, who could also take in the beautiful sea view from the deck of the restaurant.
“The place chosen for the picnic was spectacular, with the sea very close, and the day was perfect. We were all very happy to be with our families and to share with each other, “says Giselle Velez, manager of the New York office and a member of the firm for 15 years. “For different reasons, my parents have not been able to accompany me in past occasions, so having them there that day was very important for me. They finally got to know the people I work with daily. They were delighted with the whole team! “
Employees and their families tasted hamburgers, French fries, chicken strips and paella, a surprise dish presented by the restaurant chef. Also, being that a great part of the employees are of Hispanic origin, the Latin music made itself felt in the dance floor.
“It was an event thought to share with the companions, because it strengthens our sense of community, which is the most important thing. We are all a team here and we have a great time together, both when we work and when we celebrate,” explains Ricardo Santander of the New York office who, together with Analia Campbell of New Jersey, planned the event. “I was very happy and satisfied to see them all enjoying, they were worth the last two months of intense planning.”
For at least 10 years, the law firm Ginarte has organized this corporate party with the aim of allowing employees of different offices to get to know each other better outside the workplace and to establish closer and stronger ties among themselves. “Personally, I really enjoyed the picnic, especially seeing that everyone was having such a good time. For us it is very important that people feel like family, “says José Ginarte, founder of the firm.
Undoubtedly, the recurring memory among attendees is how much they enjoyed the afternoon and being able to share with their families and co-workers. “I would love to have this kind of event repeated again. They’re a great way to connect with each other, “says Giselle. Ricardo adds to this idea and adds: “I am ready to organize next year!”