July 2015  

President's Report

Dear NACE Baltimore,

I am so excited for next week's NACE National Conference: Experience! in Scottsdale, Arizona!  Over a dozen of our chapter members will be in attendance, so we will be well represented, as usual!  The highlight of the conference, for me, is always the Awards Gala.  We hope to bring home some trophies to share with you.

As we reached the mid-way point for the year, our chapter began to need more involvement from you, our members.  Many of you have asked how to get involved and become a more valuable member to the chapter.  Several members have also asked how to get a better return on their membership.  Getting involved is just what you need to do!  Please read on to learn more about the Fundraising Committee, which is about to launch the planning process for the fundraiser event in September, as well as the big annual fundraiser in March!  Keep an eye out for emails and announcements from Ken and Janet, the Fundraising Co-Chairs.  Please also participate in the St. Vincent's Villa annual picnic.  The kids really need our support, and it's their favorite event of the year!

For those of you joining us in Arizona, travel safely and learn a lot!  For those of you who are unable to attend, please feel free to reach out to those of us in attendance to learn what you missed. 


Rachel Hoffberger

Partner / Event Specialist
Plan It Perfect
President, Baltimore Chapter of NACE

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Community Service

Now in our 15th year, Baltimore NACE members and their friends/family every summer provide an afternoon of food, games, music, art and fun for the children who live at the St. Vincent's Center in Timonium. St. Vincent's is a residential, therapeutic group facility, serving children ages 3 to 13 having serious behavioral, psychiatric and or emotional problems.  The NACE Picnic is one event that these children talk about all year and look forward to each summer.

Tuesday, August 11th at the St. Vincent's Center from 5-7 PM. (Set-up begins at 3PM.)
**We moved the date from June to August and hope you will be part of the fun!

Call to action: Click in the link below and sign up to volunteer and/or donate item(s).Only your name and email is needed (comment is optional)

If you can't donate, no problem, we also need volunteers.If you can’t volunteer, no problem, you can consider donating.You can run… but you can't hide ;)

Thanks in advance to those who already contacted me to offer their time and talents! See you on the 24th!

Carl Jr.
Community Service Director

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Membership Specials & Welcome New Members

Welcome New Members

Shavonya Bracken, Catering Chef at Richardson Farms

Robyn Burke, Event Planner at Richardson Farms

Lexi Schafer, Owner at Events by Lexi

Lara Goldstein, Annapolis Yacht Club

Julie Elkin Mazer

Sara Ballesteros, Stevenson University

Jennifer Domenick, Owner at Love Life Images

Mary Carballo, Account Executive at AFR Event Furnishings

Member Benefits

As a NACE member, did you know you recieve 10% off specialty linen orders with Creative Coverings? Go here to view all of the other many benefits to being a member of NACE. Join today to start taking advantage of these benefits!


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Member Spotlight

David Egan lives in an 1879 Gothic former Episcopal parish house in the historic Midtown-Belvedere neighborhood, which he owns and operates as an event venue called Chase Court. He has been a member of the Baltimore Chapter of NACE since 2002, the year he started Chase Court.
Helping couples plan and experience a stress-free wedding is one of the great joys he finds in his work, along with being an ally to the LGBT community. Chase Court has hosted 31 LGBT weddings for couples from nine states.
Chase Court is also used by the film industry, with credits that include VEEP, 2013; My One and Only, 2008; The Wire, 2004; Something The Lord Made, 2004; The Wire, 2003.
David spent over two decades as a commercial photographer. He worked for clients in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. David has 19 magazine covers and several articles to his credit. 
He has a long history of volunteerism. He was an Emergency Medical Technician with several volunteer and professional ambulance services and served for three years on the faculty of the Connecticut Emergency Medical Services Annual Conference. David designed and for several years ran the emergency medical service for the American Lung Association in Connecticut's multi-day bicycling fund-raising rides. David has also given time and space hosting events for Leukemia and Lymphoma as well as other causes.
David also served on the Board of Directors of the Coalition of Connecticut Bicyclists and helped form a state-wide mountain bike committee which has since become a significant advocacy group. In 1990 he chaired GEAR '90, a three-day, 1,200 person bicycling event in New London, Connecticut. David was a workshop leader at major national bicycling gatherings, teaching workshops on First Aid for Bicyclists, Helmets and Head Injuries, and Massage.
David was Membership Chairman for the Middlesex District of the Boy Scouts of America and served six years on the faculty of the B.S.A. National Camping School, training staff for the Boy Scout's long-term summer camps.
More recently, David served on the committee for the Mount Vernon Holly Tour house tour for four years. David built and maintained the Holly Tour web site and did all of the photography for the Tour. Chase Court, both the venue and David's home upstairs, were on the Holly Tour in 2006.
Be sure to say "hi" to David when you see him at the next meeting!
John Paul Berry Jr
Director of marketing & Communications
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Program Recap

Our June, 2015 Chapter meeting took place at the newly refurbished Royal Sonesta. And let me just tell you that the new updates to this Baltimore staple hotel are simply gorgeous. The hotel is now a contemporary version of its older self. NACE members were excited to experience the newly renovated property and admire the facelift the hotel had received.

Members and non members networked for the first hour while enjoying some delicious passed hors d'oeuvres including tiger shrimp tempura, andouille sausage en croute, grilled sea scallop with sweet pea puree and red pepper caramel, aged balsamic, fig, and goat cheese flatbread, and a cucumber cup with onion jam and tomato confit.

The evening’s educational program was a special one entitled “COLOR MATTERS – The Influence of Color On Event Design by David Caruso." David Caruso, a well known NACE leader all over the country, is regarded as a premier event planner and designer, David Caruso is known for the creativity, elegance and attention to detail that is evident in every event he designs.  Caruso is extremely well known for producing Wisconsin’s most elegant and elaborate events over the past 12 years since he’s been in business.  He has transformed ballrooms into fantasy lands and backyards of private estates into magical expressions of his client’s style and personalities.  In the past five months, David has produced events in Miami, Puerto Rico and Seattle.  Later in 2015, he will travel to Scottsdale and the West Indies to create more signature events.  From the simple to the simply outrageous, the use of color in event design creates the spirit and mood of any party.  In this high energy and interactive session, David shared his color expertise and highlighted the latest color, style and pattern trends.  He shared some breathtaking photos from some of his recent events and by the end of the program, we were all color experts.

After the program, guests moved into the main ballroom area for dinner. Using the "color" theme for the evening, the linens, lighting, and other decor started off pink as you entered the room and slowly moved into orange and finally yellow as you reached the end of the room to create a modern ombre effect within the room.

Several delicious stations were scattered throughout the room including braised beef short ribs served with sweet potato gnocchi, sesame crusted ahi tuna served on a bed of cold soba noodles, wild mushroom arancini with cognac cream sauce, and a deluxe salad bar that included all of the mixings you could imagine. Desserts included assorted mini pastries and individual desserts.

Many thanks to our sponsor vendors: Jay Day (Royal Sonesta Harbor Court); Amy Epstein( Crimson and Clover Designs); Jacob Jensson (Event Pro); Topher Stevenson (J. Thomas Photography); Debra Woodward (Select Event Group); David Morley (Zinnia Films) and Madeline Comoglio (MLC Designs).

Ashley Sullivan,  Ashley Michelle Photography

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Marketing & Communications Update

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Fundraising & Raffle Recap

Fundraiser News: Save the date, Monday, September 21, 2015

Join us at the Power Plant Live (PPL) on September 21st with the event beginning at 6:00PM.   Power Plant Live is providing a mix of beers, wines and specialty drinks. They will also be showing off their culinary prowess.   PPL and NACE members will be providing lots of fun activities. Be sure to mark your calendar. Tickets are only $55.00 dollars per ticket or buy 5 or more at $50.00 per ticket.

Our plans are to invite and promote outside of the Baltimore NACE family. Please help us inviting family, friends and business associates.

This year’s event is going to be a bit different. Not formal, a fun party at Power Plant Live. Power Plant Live is generously providing the food, beverages and venue.   We need donations of fun activities/stations to make it a party. We want people to know that no one throws a party like NACE Baltimore.

Call for Volunteers:

Join us for our first committee meeting that will take place on location at Power Plant Live on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 4:00P.M. Please let us know if you plan to come.

Please step up early, we will advertise you in the invitations and emails we send, but we can’t do that without your commitment.

Call for Activities & Band:

Most of the activities will take place in PBR which has a country theme.   We are looking for fun activities that fit the atmosphere of the PBR or country theme. We need a band to play country music. This is a great opportunity to show off to NACE's special event industry.

Other than that, if it is fun, let's do it. We have plenty of room for members to showcase themselves. The more we have, the better the party, the better the party, the more we make for our charities. We will be supporting Moveable Feasts ( and NACE Education/Foundation (

Contact Janet at 410.241.8693, or Ken at 443.694.3037,

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Classified Ads


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