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August 2014  

President's Report

President’s letter: We survived Experience! 2014!! The comments have been pouring in, and I can barely begin to tell you how grateful I am to this wonderful chapter for pulling off the best conference ever, with flying colors! I have received thank you notes from people all over the country letting us know our chapter really rocks! Comments such as “Best conference ever” are among the praise we are receiving.

Thank you to the DC and Houston chapters for their monetary donations that helped to fund the successful event, as well as our own chapter members who buy raffle tickets every month and support the chapter in so many ways that allowed us to proudly represent ourselves last month to the rest of the country.

I want to offer a very special thank you to Sherri Griffis, CMP, CPCE, for being our liaison with NACE. She was the glue that held the entire conference together. Sherri, we could not have done it without you as our shining rock star.

Thank NACE National, especially Leslie Jones and David Harrison. This conference was Leslie’s baby, and David helped to publicize the entire thing. And I definitely need to thank all the committee chairs, committee members, and volunteers who selflessly dedicated their time, expertise, products, and services.

Folks, I feel like we just had a baby together. Now that we get to experience the relief of it all being behind us, I’m looking forward to the rest of the year as we ride the wave of this great success. Let’s keep the momentum going, now that we have so many members who are so excited about what NACE can give them in return for their efforts.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the meeting on Monday!

Rachel Hoffberger
Plan It Perfect
President, NACE Baltimore Chapter

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Community Service

It's Back To School With the National Academy Foundation!  NACE is partnering with NAF to collect Back To School supplies for our August meeting. Here is what we ask you to consider donating:  Pens, pencils, colored pencils, glue sticks, loose- leaf paper and highlighters!   With the kids hitting the books soon, we will be partnering with The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, one of the three major programs sponsored by the NAF.  The program teaches students geography, economics and tourism business as well as hospitality.  Students participating may earn college credit while still in secondary education.  NAF Baltimore, always a trendsetter in the industry, was the first high school in the country to integrate three career-based "NAF" programs.
Carl Jr.
Classic Collective DJs
Director of Community Service

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Membership Specials & Welcome New Members

August Promotion!!

$100 off CPCE exam registration fee (online exam only); current members only

Welcome New Members!
Melissa Davies-Newland, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Jennie Silver, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Michael Geczi, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Adriana Del Sesto, Historic Londontown and Gardens
Merrit Dworkin, Roy's (Hawaiian Fusion) Restaurant
Karey Hein, Historic Events
Jacob Jensen, Event Pro
Dimitris Spiliadis, Clitybizlist
Julie Upchurch, Little House of Flowers

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Member Spotlight

This month's member spotlight … Sherri Griffis, Director of Catering Sales at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. Experience! 2014 was truly a wonderful success … and Sherri had a huge role in that!
Click Here to Read About Sherri!


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Experience! Recap

NACE Experience! 2014

Wow, what an experience!  We walked away from the conference in July imagining new designs and creations, learning business acumens from the educational breakouts and sharing good ‘ole fellowship with our peers that help drive our event world every day.   Many people have asked me how I think the conference went and all I can say is “What an amazing chapter we have here in Baltimore”!

I have always valued my membership and contribute most of my success from individual relationships I have made in the chapter.  However, what took place at Experience! 2014 blew my mind.   I am so touched with the passion of so many of our members.  There was one goal and it was to show the nation what Baltimore is all about.  We achieved and surpassed it. 

Being blessed with having over 70 committee members, sponsors and volunteers, we broke them down into seven main committees that tackled this beast of a conference.  Without the dedication of all, this conference would not have “star spangled” shined the way it did.  Heading up these committees were key players that kept everyone on task and motivated to achieve the best.  I do want to acknowledge these Chairs although every single person (and the list is long) was crucial to the success of our conference. 
Off – Premise:  Jerry Edwards, CPCE & Vickie Preston
Design – Andrew Zill, Petra Compel & Drew Vanlandingham
Keynote – Julie Brown, CPCE
Breaks – Doug Sander & Cynthia Hergenhahn
Gala – Rachel Hoffberger & Katharine Moog
Culinary – Jean Wade Mayer, Emily Villarreal & Melanie Brzozowski

To all who participated and offered support with your time and product, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Some of you went way above and beyond, I know who you are and I am amazed at your generosity!  You helped my hotel to showcase itself while showing the nation that Baltimore Rocks!

Sherri Griffis, CPCE, CMP
Director of Catering Sales, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

Off-Premise Fundraiser Event - Opening Reception - Recap

As hundreds of Event Professionals landed in our own Charm City for NACE Experience! 2014, our Baltimore Members knew that the opening night had to be remarkable. The nation is commemorating the 200th anniversary of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner, by Francis Scott Key, and Baltimore is the epicenter of the celebration.  In honor of this occasion, A Star-Spangled Banner Evening was born. Not even an impending storm could damper the festive off-premise event that was held at Frederick Douglas Isaac Meyers Maritime Museum. The decor provided by a talented collaboration of Feats, Inc., Intrigue Design & Décor, and Innovative Party Planners carried the theme throughout the event. Linens were provided by Gala Cloths, and furniture was generously contributed by AFR Event Furnishings. 

As guests arrived they were greeted with a signature drink perfectly named "Plymouth on the Rocks", served in small Mason Jars, by costumed Servers from Chef's Expressions. The tasty drink consisted of our flagship beverage sponsor’s Jack Daniels whiskey, lemonade and fresh mint. Passed hors d' oeuvres, highlighting the Original 13 Colonies, consisting of Maryland Crab Cakes (Maryland), Monticello Plum Tomato and Brie Canapé (Virgina),  Lobster Knuckles with Lemon Aioli (Rhode Island), Honey Pepper Shrimp (Connecticut), Tomato Basil Bruschetta (New Jersey), Gruyere and Mushroom Tart (Pennsylvania) and Blue Hen Chicken and Waffles with Maple Sabayon (Delaware).  The Small Plate Dinner Stations featured delectable items highlighting Maryland, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina and South Carolina. The Pork Belly Sliders with Pear Cabbage Slaw were a crowd favorite. The Finale of the event was sweetened by the butlered desserts - New York Cheesecake Lollipops and New Hampshire Blueberry Buckle. 

The view of the harbor at Fell’s Point was breathtaking, from the museum’s promenade and long pier.  Entertainment Exchange and Absolute Entertainment dazzled us with live music, DJ entertainment, and solos of our proud National Anthem.  Never a dull moment at this amazing event!

Thanks to all the Event Sponsors!  Visit our Facebook Page to see a full list of sponsors from the Opening Reception.

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Thank you so much to everyone that helped make our Fundraiser on Sunday, July 13th a HUGE success. There was a huge WOW factor provided to all of our local attendees and of course our fellow NACE members from around the country. Thank you to all of our vendors that put on a tremendous event, and of course to all our NACE Members that contributed to our Silent Auction. We certainly appreciate all that donated items for the silent auction, donated their time, and of course those that participated in the silent auction!

We were able to raise a total of $3,463.09 from the silent auction items. THANK YOU!!

Just as one event ends, the planning process for another begins! It’s about time to start brainstorming ideas for our 2015 Fundraiser. We will be finding a new home for 2015’s event and whether or not we want to stick with the Uncorked theme or try something different. If you are interested in joining the committee for the 2015 Fundraiser or if you have any suggestions for themes, locations, season for the event etc. feel free to reach out to me directly!

Katharine Moog
 – or 410.986.4868

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arrange banquets, luncheons, meetings, weddings, dances and other social events in conjunction with the Executive Chef.

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No phone calls please

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