Fun Time At TWBA January Mixer At Tree’s Wings In RPB

The Western Business Alliance hosted its first social of 2015 on Thursday, Jan. 22 at Tree’s Wings & Ribs in Royal Palm Beach.

Guests were greeted at the door by the association’s board members and were given a flashlight keychain.

They also were invited to dine from an array of finger foods while quenching their thirst from the full bar. Tree’s Wings & Ribs surprised everyone with unlimited food at the buffet and an open bar.

“We are very excited about what the alliance is doing for business in the western part of the county,” said Erin Townsend, general manager of Tree’s. “Running a business can be difficult, and supporting each other is important.”

Guests heard about member savings offered exclusively at Tree’s for alliance members, including 15 percent off all orders and a rib and wing dinner during their birthday month, as well as a round of drinks on the house for each guest.

Ericka Augutis, business development manager for Office Depot, told the group about benefits and said that alliance members receive up to 80 percent off the price of many products at Office Depot.

“I really enjoy coming to the alliance’s events,” said Andrew Burr of Anderson House Auctioneers & Real Estate. “Not only am I forming great friendships, but you never know what’s going to happen. Last event, everyone got two tickets to a polo match; tonight, it’s all you can eat and an open bar.”

The evening wrapped up with Fred Gordon winning the 50/50 raffle, while Lynn Balch won the wine basket.

The alliance’s next event is a social at Oak Bistro & Wine Bar in Royal Palm Beach on Thursday, Feb. 19.

Social tickets can be purchased online at, costing $10 for members and $15 for non-members. The fee includes appetizers and a drink.

The Western Business Alliance is a unique group that meets the needs of local businesses and the community, building business-to-business and business-to-consumer relationships. Its members conduct business in the western communities of central Palm Beach County: Belle Glade, Loxahatchee Groves, Pahokee, Royal Palm Beach, South Bay, The Acreage and Wellington.

ABOVE: Krystal DeGeorge, Erin Townsend and Andy Maynard of Tree’s Wings.