August 2016  


Dear Alamo NACE,

Wow!  We just returned from another amazing NACE Experience Conference this year!  We could not be more ecstatic to bring back with us the knowledge, information and connections to share with our colleagues.  The annual conference was energizing and motivated us all by learning best practices from top industry leaders from across the nation, seeing the latest in design and decor, and tasting some of the best culinary bites South Florida has to offer.  We are excited to share that the 2017 NACE Experience Conference will held in HOUSTON, TX next year!  Save the date and budget now to attend this trend-setting conference next year July 16-19, 2017.  The Alamo Chapter was invited by our sister Chapter to help take next year’s conference to the next level and we have accepted that challenge!

I also want to take a moment to congratulate YOU on winning NACE Large Chapter of the Year for 2015!  A round of applause to all of our members, committees, sponsors, partners and Board Members who have worked tirelessly to deliver the very best in education, community service, fundraising and beyond to the Alamo city.  This award is a true testament to the growth and success of our NACE Chapter as a whole.  Competing in the Large Chapter category for the first time was a little intimidating, but we could not be more humbled to have been bestowed this honor in a very competitive list of nominees.  Thank you for all you do to propel the Alamo Chapter of NACE forward!

We have some great monthly meetings/programs planned for the remainder of 2016.  You won’t want to miss our Fall line-up of top notch speakers and venues!

Michelle Moon, CPCE
President, Alamo NACE


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Upcoming Meetings



August NACE - Dine Like a Diplomat with Leah Hawthorn

August 9, 2016
5:30PM - 9:00PM
McNay Museum
6000 North New Braunfels 
San Antonio, TX 78209


You may know your food and beverage, but do you know the appropriate way to eat it? Dine Like A Diplomat is a detailed training which will prepare you for world class dinners with confidence and poise. Learn protocol and etiquette for a variety of business and dining scenarios. Take these skills back to your front line employees and increase your competitiveness for high end social and professional dinners. 

Our speaker is Leah Hawthorne, a certified Master Trainer through the Protocol School of Washington. She has 35+ years of business experience and in 2008 began facilitating professional training seminars on etiquette, business image and entertaining worldwide.

Join us at the fabulous McNay Art Museum. The evenings catering is provided by the award winning True Flavors Catering. 

Event Program:

6:00pm - 6:45pm
Registration, Wine Pull FUN-Raiser, Networking and Open Bar

6:45pm - 7:00pm
Opening announcements & plated dinner

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Dine Like a Diplomat with Leah Hawthorne 

Closing Announcements & event concludes



Hosted Wine and Beer
Texas Bacon Wrapped Quail Bites
Filled with Fredericksburg Peach Cream Cheese
Drizzled with Jalapeno Honey Jam
South American Yellow Corncakes
Whole Black Beans, Queso Fresco & Sliced Avocado
French Cut Stuffed Chicken
Tender, Bone-In Chicken Breast, Crispy Skinned
Stuffed with Spinach and Fontina with Lemon Caper White Wine Pan Jus
Hasselback Potatoes
With Herbed Butter & Chives
Roasted Baby Carrots
Caramelized with Citrus & Brown Sugar
Warm Sourdough Loaves
With Himalayan Sea Salt
Fredericksburg Grilled Peach Salad
Mixed Filed Greens, Arugula, Fresh Blackberries
Goat Cheese & Candied Pecans
Texas Wild Flower Vinaigrette
Chocolate Chipotle Tart
Topped with Crispy Bacon



Play is an essential part of childhood, facilitating healing, coping, creativity and more. The Child Life Department at Children's Hospital San Antonio makes sure their patients feel like kids while they're in the hospital. The playrooms are stocked with craft supplies and toys for all ages. This month, NACE Cares is going to stock their shelves. Here's a list of what items they need. Remember, for every item donated you will receive a raffle ticket good for prizes!


Thanks to Our Sponsors:


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NACE Cares

Play is an essential part of childhood, facilitating healing, coping, creativity and more. The Child Life Department at Children's Hospital San Antonio makes sure their patients feel like kids while they're in the hospital. The playrooms are stocked with craft supplies and toys for all ages. This August, NACE Cares is going to stock their shelves. Here's a list of what items they need. Remember, for every item donated you will receive a raffle ticket good for prizes!

  • Infants: rattles, musical toys, soft blocks, teething rings, lighted toys, soft plastic books, teethers
  • Toddlers: picture books, plastic cars/trucks, stacking toys, dolls, musical toys, wooden puzzles
  • Pre-Schoolers: large motor toys, arts & crafts, blocks, books, cars, wooden puzzles, Legos, coloring books
  • School-Age kids: paint by numbers, crafts, board games, dominoes, computer games, Legos
  • Teens: sports equipment, card games, teen movies (PG-13 and below), teen magazines, model cars, board games, brain teaser games
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NACE National Awards


The 2016 NACE Awards took place in a few weeks ago at the beautiful Diplomat Hotel and Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There were 11 San Antonio members nominated in varying categories and the Alamo Chapter was nominated for 5 awards. Congratulations to all of the fantastic nominees. 

In the category of Event Production of the Year, Social Greater than $100,000, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts won for their 2015 2nd Annual Benefit Concert and VIP Experience featuring Lionel Richie. Congratulations to Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Tobin Center Catering, and Marquee Events!.

In the Chapter Awards category, Alamo Chapter took home the biggest award of the evening- Large Chapter of the Year! For the first time since the inception of the Alamo Chapter, we are considered a large chapter with over 100 members. In 2015, we were nominated in the category Chapter of the Year with over 100 members. We are so proud of this accomplishment and want to thank each and every one of our members, because this award is for you! 

Congratulations also goes out to our Director of Fundraising, Stephanie Olivares for receiving the NACE President's List Award for 2016. This award is presented in honor of dedicated volunteer service and significant achievements in support of the mission of the National Association for Catering and Events. Thanks for all of your hard work, Steph!

And finally, congratulations to Director of Community Outreach, Micki Moore and her NACE Cares committee for being awarded a $500 grant from the NACE Foundation Community Grants Program. Micki submitted a grant proposal for the Guardian House, which is a wonderful organization based in San Antonio. Guardian House protects children whose parents are going through divorce, separation or family conflict by providing monitored exchanges, supervised visitations, parenting education and couseling.  We will present this grant to Guardian House representatives at the September luncheon. Congratulations to Micki and her NACE Cares committee for all of their hard work! 




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Fundraising News

Upcoming FUN-Raisers

Join us at the McNay Museum on August 9th for the Alamo NACE Wine Pull. For only $20 per pull or $50 for three pulls, you can take home a bottle of wine valued up to $150. Everyone wins! All proceeds of the Wine Pull to benefit the Foundation of NACE


The most fun FUN-Raiser of 2015 is returning! Join us for the 2nd Annual Lip Sync Battle Fun-Raiser on Thursday, September 22 at Granberry Hills. Sign up today to "sing" your heart out for the coveted trophy and bragging rights. Contact Fundraising Director, Stephanie Olivares to be an event sponsor OR sign up to battle. More event details coming soon!

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Welcome New Members

At Alamo NACE, we love to celebrate! Especially when it's welcoming new members and celebrating anniversaries. Thanks for your support and congratulations on your membership!

Congratualtions on August Anniversaries!

  • Marjie Christopher with Rio Cibolo Ranch - 15 years
  • Stacy Seaborn with Hotel Valencia - 8 years
  • Michelle Flores with Illusions -The RK Group - 8 years
  • Jessica Silvaggio with Spice of Life Catering - 7 years
  • Shelly Koch Cantu with Wyndham Garden Riverwalk - 6 years
  • Michael DeLuna with Paesano's Restaurant Group - 2 years
  • Frank Burton with Event Ignition - 1 year
  • Sylvia Carrier with Briscoe Western Art Museum - 1 year
  • Patricia Garcia with Marriott Rivercenter/Riverwalk - 1 year
  • Roger Hanson with Hanson Hill Country Catering - 1 year
  • Kristy Hernandez with Howl at the Moon - 1 year
  • Emily Simpson with Cartewheels Catering - 1 year
  • Stephanie Vanderburg with Maggiano's - 1 year


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Calendar of Events



With nearly 20 years of experience marketing to South Texas brides, Sheila Dunn is a regular speaker at Bridal Show Producers International, Wedding Market Expo and American Marketing Association. At September's meeting, you will learn insights on how to be up to date on current marketing trends for brides, and stay on message with today's brides and how they communicate.

Join us at San Antonio's newest event venue - Magnolia Halle. This urban barn is settled on over 3 acres and is full of amenities including a beer garden, patio and fire pits. Join us this September and experience it's hill country charm!

Thanks to our meeting sponsors:   



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Professional Membership Dues Increase

As discussed at the Town Hall meeting at Experience 2016, the NACE National Board has approved to increase the professional membership rate to $395. This rate is for new and renewing members under the professional membership type. Members under the professional member type will start to see the rate increase on their membership renewal invoice starting August 1, 2016. For more information on the membership dues increase and for a breakdown of membership types, please visit

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Monthly Meeting Recap

The July meeting was all about thanking our awesome members as we celebrated with a Members Only Appreciation Mixer at La Fonda Alamo Heights. Everyone enjoyed delicious empanadas, flautas, street corn and the most delicious and spicy margaritas. Yum! Thanks to Kacie and her team at La Fonda for playing host to such an enjoyable evening! We also have to thank the Events by Reese team for providing the lovely decor and linen for the meeting. Great job, guys!

For more fun photos, please visit the Alamo NACE Facebook page. Make sure to tag yourself in the photos, share and like them! 

Thanks to our fabulous July meeting sponsors!



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Alamo NACE Chapter President’s Gala News

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The theme for this year's 11th Annual NACE President's Gala is called "The Victory Tour Canteen" and is throwback to the 1940s when the USO would entertain troops before going off to war. This year's gala is going to be all about entertaining the troops of Alamo NACE. We can't wait! 

Interested in donating your services for the gala? Care to sponsor the Bar or Entertainment? For more information, check out the sponsorship options attached, or contact Gala Chairperson, Sarah James,, (210) 518-1051. 



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Experience! News

Want to win a NACE Experience! Education package for 2017? Well the Houston NACE Chapter is raffling a grand prize package valued at $2700. The package includes a $300 gift card for airline of choice, round-trip airport transportation, Texas-sized welcom amenity basket, two Houston City Passes to local attractions and Sunday-Tuesday accommodations at the Marriott Marquis (host of the 2017 NACE Experience! Conference). 

NACE Houston will be drawing the winning raffle ticket online on September 6 at 6:00 PM so make sure to purchase your raffle ticket before the deadline which is August 31Click here to help support our Texas sister chapter! 

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