Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Happy sponsors the First Annual Florida Film & Entertainment Gala!

Happy Vodka, Happy Rum, Happy Tequila and Happy Gin enthusiastically sponsor and support the efforts of Governor Jeb Bush, the Florida Office of Film & Entertainment and Film Florida as hosts the of the First Annual Florida Film & Entertainment Gala in Hollywood, California! The party is staged at The Globe Theater, one of Hollywood’s greatest meeting places; located in CityWalk at Universal Studios, Hollywood. This exclusive invite-only reception for more than 500 of LA’s most talented and influential industry insiders is being given to showcase just how incredible Florida is as a place to film their next feature, television show or as the setting for their next commercial production. What better way to encourage the entertainment industry to utilize the beauty, resources, talent and affordability of Florida than by getting them “buttered up” with some ‘Happytinis’ and then striking the deals!

“Happy Vodka was created in Jacksonville, Florida, our corporate offices are here, and we bottle ‘Happiness’ at Florida Distillers…” says C. J. Eiras, President of Happy Vodka Corporation “…we think everyone should come to our home state, especially the movie and television industry, a group who consistently enjoys Happy products at their events!”

That is no joke, as Happy products were featured at such star studded events as the 2003 & 2004 Emmy’s, Sean Connery’s Dress to Kilt party, Jim Carey’s recent DVD release, the SeaBuscuit private party and the Kim Basinger & Pierce Brosnan IDA charity awards banquet!” Happy always seems to have a celeb story, and at the recent NBA All Stars Party in LA, Tom Hanks jokingly made a comment about the smiley faced bottles: “Forrest Gump didn’t make this vodka, it’s from some crazy guys in Jacksonville!”

It’s true that Happy is no stranger to the stars, with celebs such as Sean Connery, Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Wilkinson, Elijah Wood, Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Gary Stevens, William H. Macy, Rob Reiner, Charlie Kaufman among others who have been part of the success of Happy! Quentin Tarantino was photographed on two continents with Happy, once at the Cannes Film Festival in France and then in LA at the Silverlake Film Festival. “Following up on the successful sponsorship of the SilverLake Film Festival in LA, this event will be a good industry push for Happy as well as a great thing for Florida…” says Gray C. Solomon of Liquor Group, (another Florida based firm) “…LA craves Happy products, but we still do not sell the products in California, I guess at this point we are almost teasing them with it!”

Todhunter International, makers of Cruzan Rum and the fine family of Cruzan Flavored Rum products will also be sponsoring this event, as their corporate offices as well as major operations are in Florida and they would also like to see more entertainment production done in the Sunshine State. Cruzan’s distillery is in the US Virgin Islands, surrounded by beautiful tropical locations that are easily accessible through Florida for filming and production as well.

“Come on over, it’s Florida!” says Eiras “What more should we have to say?” We couldn’t agree more!

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