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Hospitality Update


April 2014  

President's Report

Dear NACE members and friends:

Happy April!  The weather has finally broken, and we’re on our way to May Flowers.  I’m so excited about everything that the rest of April has in store.  Our meeting is shaping up to be a great event, and things are really moving along with grand plans for the Annual NACE Experience!  We are so excited to have so many of our members stepping up to help out month after month.  And the ones who have jumped in to play a part for the Experience are really showing their love for NACE!  So, thank you, to all of you who are giving so much for our chapter. 

I’m looking forward to seeing lots of you at our April meeting, with long strands of raffle tickets flying about!

With gratitude,

Rachel Hoffberger
President, NACE Baltimore
Owner, Plan It Perfect, LLC

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Well ladies and gentlemen, I know we've been talking about this for seemingly forever, but Experience! 2014 really is almost here! The Baltimore Chapter of NACE would like our members to know we have set aside money within the 2014 budget to offer a scholarship to any active member attending Experience!  The scholarship rules and forms will be emailed to you shortly.

When you receive the forms, please read carefully, fill out and send back to me according to the directions.  Even if you are considering attending, but are not 100% sure we strongly suggest that you fill out and submit a scholarship form.  We will be tallying the points the first of June to determine the amounts to be given.

The deadline to submit your scholarship form is May 16, 2014.

With this being a very special year with our chapter hosting the conference we have made some revisions to the application for this year.  It also includes points for various participation in planning and donations for Experience! 2014.  And with there being A La Carte registration options this year it will also allow for not only Full Registration but also Education Day Pass and the Education Package.  For a quick glance if you register by 6/30/14, here are the registration costs:

Full Conference Registration: $1100
Education Package: $850
Education Day Pass: $325

Experience! 2014 will be held from July13th - July16th, 2014 in Baltimore.  

To register and find out more about Experience! 2014, visit  Any of you that would like to get a jump on the forms please contact me … have a great week!

John Paul Berry
Vice President, NACE Baltimore
410-761-5212 fax

P.S. ... A huge shout out the the Scholarship Task Force that gave up their time and expertise brainstorming on this: Vickie Preston, Julie Brown, Debra May, Rachel Hoffberger, Jean Wade Mayer and Alicia Crosby.

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Raffle Recap

Thank you to everyone that participated in March’s Raffle. Together we raised $384! If you are interested in donating an item to be used at any of our future meetings, feel free to reach out to me directly!

In other news, our major Fundraising Event – A Star Spangled Evening will be here before you know it! The date is Sunday, July 13th, so mark your calendars. This year, our fundraiser will be combined with the Opening Night Event of Experience! This is an incredible opportunity for us to raise even more money for Moveable Feast as we hope to have over 600 in attendance!

If you are interested in joining the Fundraising Committee we can DEFINIETLY use your help! We need people to help secure items for the silent auction and reaching out to local companies for corporate sponsorship. If you have experience with this, your time and effort will be greatly appreciated. If interested, please contact me directly:

Katharine Moog – 410-986-4868 ... or ... 


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Community Service

This month, April, we are supporting Sharp Dressed Man and Suited to Succeed in the form of a “Spring Cleaning” clothing drive. Let's Clean Out Those Closets!!

We encourage our members to bring “ready to wear” business attire for men or women, as well as accessories to donate to the organizations and help those who might not have proper clothing for a job interview or in the workplace. We will have a representative from each organization to answer questions during the cocktail hour.

We also encourage our members and guests to collect items from their friends and families to bring with them for maximum impact for the two organizations.

Thanks in advance! 

Carl Jr. - Community Service Director

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Program Recap

From the moment we walked into the gorgeous 1840's Ballroom you could sense that this meeting was going to be special.  As networking was taking place on the first floor of the Ballroom, IndAroma had a delicious buffet set up with some amazing Indian dishes.  The Manor Tavern team passed additional Indian appetizers that were made by IndAroma.  Absolute Entertainment provided the African themed music during the networking hour. The gorgeous floral arrangements, provided by Intrigue Designs, popped on the richly colored linens, which were provided by Gala Cloths.  

As we ventured upstairs we were greeted by a gorgeously decorated room and an amazing Chuppah provided by Fabrication Events.  The dynamic panel of Heidi Hiller (Innovative Party Planners) Cathy Peck (Embassy Suites and the Grand Historic Venue) and Dayo Onas (Dayo Onas Event Planning and Design Services) educated us on the intricacies of ethnic weddings.  We learned all about Jewish, Indian and African weddings during the hour long informative panel discussion.  

Once the program was over we we delighted by aromas and tastes of lavish Indian dinner buffet provided by IndAroma.  Festive Indian dance music was spun by one of the talented DJ's from Entertainment Exchange as we dined and conversed with each other for the rest of the evening.  

Thanks also to Michael Temchine Photography for the images and Zinnia Films for video support!.  


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Membership Update

Welcome to our New Members!

The following members joined us recently:

Wendy C. Sager

Tony Minadakis —– Jimmy’s Famous Seafood

Elliot Smith— Washington Talent Agency

Caitlin Howington —ARAMARK

April Promotion
Members that register for NACE Experience during the month of April will be entered into a raffle for a FREE education package registration. So register TODAY so you can be entered! {only one person will be selected}



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Member Spotlight

"I must have flowers, always and always"- Claude Monet.

Amy McManus of Crimson and Clover Floral Designs is where our Member Spotlight blooms for April.

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