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Going Tropical in Herndon

Primescape Solutions hosts end of summer event.

A majority of the employees attending Primescape Solutions End of Summer Celebration are finally herded together for a group photo.

A majority of the employees attending Primescape Solutions End of Summer Celebration are finally herded together for a group photo. Nick Khazal

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The challenge of the 26 ft rock climbing wall attracted a number of the youngsters, although a few of the parents, particularly the dads, looked like they wanted to give it a try as well.

The threat of rain didn’t deter more than 100 of Primescape Solutions’ employees and their families from gathering for their third annual End of Summer Celebration at the company’s Herndon headquarters on Saturday, Aug. 25.

A $50 Amex Gift Card for the winner of the loudest tropical outfit was enticement enough to convince a majority of the attendees to dress appropriately for the theme.

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Ace Dacanay, 3, just couldn't keep his feet on the ground when cover band the VIPs started playing Prince's "Let's Go Crazy."

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Alanna Li indulges in a little bit of temporary body art. The 8-year-old is the daughter of Primescape employee Kevin Li.

"We just want to give our team a chance to get together and have fun with their families," said Bob Dacanay. Dacanay founded the IT solutions consulting firm in 1998 and is the company’s CEO and president. His sentiments were echoed by Tom Sanderson, VP of Human Capital, and Nhu Khazal, Human Capital Business Partner. Both Sanderson and Khazal also noted that the company was pleased, in these difficult economic times, to host an event using local vendors. "It’s just one way we can give back to our community," said Sanderson.

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Employee Lisa Pellegrin and husband John really wanted to win the loudest outfit award. Lisa is contracted to the Dept. of Homeland Security through Primescape Solutions. She also the author of a novel, "Who's Your Daddy, Baby?"

The partyers were treated to a selection of buffet items from Carrabba’s Italian Grill of Reston, served by the restaurant’s owner, Mike Warner, and six of his staff. Cover band The VIPs had everyone rocking. The youngsters in the crowd were kept busy with activities provided by Fun Services, including a 26 ft. rock climbing wall, a bouncy castle and other carnival-type games. And, of course, no summer celebration would be complete without some face painting. Petunia the Clown obliged, and also had the young and the young-at-heart lining up for her balloon sculpted animals as well. Professional photographer Nick Khazal was on hand to digitally capture all the fun.

About 60 percent of Primescape’s employees work off-site, providing IT support and solutions to government clients including the Department of Homeland Security, the US Treasury, the DOD and the Department of Health and Human Services. "With so many on location, that’s another reason we are particularly happy to bring everyone together, to say our ‘thanks’ to them," said Dacanay.