Merry and Happy By Helena Marsikova December 20, 2019 How does your company get festive around the Holidays and year end? We at Actian go all out! It all started with a series of Holiday Parties in all our offices globally – some hosted at the office, some at local pubs, and ALL were amazing! The Palo Alto office gathered in the astonishing Hillsborough Racquet Club, close to San Francisco. Too much tasty food (prepared by The Sharks chef!), casino, DJ and so much fun! This year we were fortunate to get together with Believe Holy Spirit and participate in their annual toy drive. Believe is a nonprofit organization that aims to empower, educate, and redirect misguided youth in the East Bay. This year‘s contributions will go directly back to the community during the toy giveaway which will be held on December 21st at the Eden youth center in Hayward California. Actian’s donations alone will assist over 50 families with gifts this holiday season. We also had a gift-wrapping station available right in the office! How perfect to sip eggnog, listen to carols, joke, chat and get what usually ends up as a 3am-before-Christmas-Day job done! And just today, most of us got ugly, wearing their holiday gear and ugly sweaters. Some were cute, some were the real deals! Too much fun! … and there were (too many) yummy cookies and decorations and poinsettias… aaand it is all those things, little and big, that make my heart full and I want to shout out loud… Thank you, Actian and Happy Holidays to all! About Helena Marsikova Helena is the Partner Marketing Manager at Actian, responsible for channel marketing activities, supporting and enhancing the Actian Partner Program and boosting partner marketing initiatives. Born in the Czech Republic and currently living in the heart of Silicon Valley, Helena loves traveling and exploring the world with her family. She is an Orangetheory Fitness enthusiast.