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Recipe of the Month
Quote of the Month
Hospitality Update
Experience! 2014 ... Baltimore! ... Bonus Fundraiser!!


October 2014  

President's Report

As the nights get cooler and the sun sets earlier, we are reminded that the end of the year is drawing near.  That means two things for our chapter.  Well, three things, because I’m going to add: How is it that we’re planning for the end of the year already?!? 

So the two things are:

1)      Elections for the chapter’s Board of Directors are coming up.  At the November Baltimore NACE meeting our members will be casting their votes for next year’s leaders.  I call on all of you to consider being a greater part of the chapter by running for a board position or serving on a committee.  Earlier this month Vickie sent an email out to all chapter members with information about elections and how to run.  If you haven’t submitted your Intent to Run form, please do so as soon as possible.  There are several board positions that are turning over at the end of the year, and we would love a fresh perspective on our panel of Event Professionals!

2)      Holiday Bash is in the works.  The first committee meeting for the Holiday Bash, our annual winter celebration which benefits the National Academy Foundation, is taking place on Thursday, October 16th a3:30.  This year’s venue for the Bash is the new Horseshoe Casino.  The meeting on the 16th will be held there as well.  For more information on the Holiday Bash please contact Renee West at

I hope to see you all at the next monthly meeting on October 20th.  It’s going to be a great topic, and I think everyone will benefit from it for different reasons.  And don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets ahead of time!

All my best,

Rachel Hoffberger
Plan It Perfect
President, Baltimore NACE

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Community Service

Baltimore NACE is partnering with Meals On Wheels for Pets, their Kibble Connection division for October! This wonderful group works together with the MD SPCA after Meal On Wheels volunteers found that some of their house-bound clients were sharing their own meals with their pets because they could not afford pet food. We want to curb this tendency by providing pet food to their clients who need it

We are asking our always generous members to please bring small bags of dry cat or dog food to our October 20th Meeting so we can help feed these pets Here's more information:

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Member Spotlight

Our October Member Spotlight is the wonderful Francesca Ripple, Owner of Francesca's Bridal and Francesca's Atelier.

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Program Recap

Our September Chapter meeting took a short jump into the suburbs and we were graciously hosted by Jessica White and her staff at The DoubleTree Baltimore-BWI Airport.

There was much anticipation over the evening’s program titled “Winning Awards for Your Award-Worthy Event”.  On hand to present were none other than Alicia Crosby, Rental Program & Exhibitions Coordinator at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and Sheila Graham, CSEP, Strategic Event Planning, Fundraising, Public Relations with DatocWitten Group, Inc.

Our cocktail and networking hour included displayed hors d’oeuvres including a Cheese Display, Vegetable Display, and Baguette and Crackers.  Passed hors d’oeuvres included Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce, Antipasto Skewers, and Beef Wellington.

The evening’s program was held after that and Alicia and Sheila took center stage.  Some of their award submission tips were really great … here are a few:

1)   Make your writing come alive – The judges did not attend this event so you need to paint a clear picture.  Write about the event in a way that they can experience what makes this event stand out.  Be creative and accurate and make sure your answers support why your event is a winning event.

2)   Be concise – Long, boring essays are difficult to focus on.  Answer the question with the necessary information and include as much relevant detail as possible without being overly wordy. Also be aware of word requirements – both minimums and maximums.

3)   Use professional photography – Low resolution pictures from your phone camera printed from your inkjet will not compare with a professional photographers prints (usually).  When the judges are looking at overall presentation, the photographs you choose are the only evidence of your work.  Select photos that tell a story and make your event shine.

4)   Don’t wait until the last minute! – As you finish an event during the year, start putting together folders of the collateral material (invitations, photos, contracts, etc.).  This will make it much easier at award time to put your submission together.

After the program we moved into the ballroom for our meal, and we were not disappointed! The salad station included Watermelon and Feta Salad, Yellow & Red Tomato Caprese, Arugula, Basil Vinaigrette, Bacon, Parmesan served in Martini Glasses. There was also a Pasta Station with Lobster Ravioli, Saffron Buerre Blanc, Tomato Concasse, Chives, Mushroom Pillows, Roasted Garlic Cream, Chives Baugettini. A third station was the Carving Station with Basil & Blue Cheese Encrusted Tenderloin, Port Demi, Peach & Jalapeno Glazed Pork Loin, Goat Cheese Saffron Potatoes, Broccolini, Parmesan, Tomato Concasse. If that wasn’t enough, there was also a Seafood Station with Shrimp, Oysters, Clams, Cocktail Sauce, Tartar Sauce, Lemons, Crabcakes. Dessert was great as well, with DoubleTree Cookie Cheesecake, Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Cupcakes.

NACE is all about education as well as “giving back” to the community, and September’s Community Service partner was “The Living Legacy Foundation.”  Members were encouraged members to donate their services or time for the 2014 Donate Life Family Fun Run! The 6th annual Donate Life Family Fun Run! was Saturday, September 27th at 9am at Camden Yards Sports Complex.  The run is a non-competitive 5K run and walk held to raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation while also celebrating donors and the lives changed by their generosity. Donor families and friends, recipients, living donors, hospital staff and other donation supporters in the Maryland community come together to celebrate the gift of life and honor loved ones.?

Thanks so much to our sponsor vendors: Jessica White (Doubletree BWI); John Paul Berry (Absolute Entertainment, DJ); Dulany Noble and Teri Mullican (Gala Cloths, linens); Ashley Sullivan (Ashley Michelle Photography); and David Morley (Zinnia Films, videography).

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Membership Update

NACE National has a very special offer to existing members for the month of October!  Renew this month and get $50 off.  That means you can renew for $295, instead of the typical dues of $345!  Please keep in mind that you do not have to be approaching your membership expiration date in order to take advantage of this exciting offer.  You can renew at any time, and NACE will simply add 12 months of membership to your existing term.  In order to take advantage of the promotion, email Sylvia Buell at NACE National,, and request a renewal invoice that reflects the discounted rate.  Promotion codes are not being used online for this particular special.

Please contact me if you have any questions

In order to participate in committees, be listed in our directory, and take advantage of sponsorship opportunities, you must be a member in good standing.  Renew today and continue to be a part of all that NACE has to offer!

Renee West
Director of Membership


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Thanks, again, to everyone who invested in raffle tickets at the last monthly meeting.  We raised $180 towards our educational programming for the chapter.  Please continue to support the chapter, and buy your raffle tickets ahead of time when you register for the meetings.

It’s not too late to sign up for serving on the Fundraising Committee!  We are still in the beginning stages of planning next year’s big Fundraiser event in March, which will benefit the Baltimore Chapter of NACE, the Foundation of NACE, and Moveable Feast.  As a reminder, if anyone is interested in joining a committee, please reach out to me directly. Even if you are not able to commit to a committee at this time, I would love to get feedback from past committee members, and participants. Feel free to reach out: OR 410.986.4868.


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