November 2015  


Dear Alamo NACE, 

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I think I speak for all of us when I say, we are so THANKFUL for all of you!   The Alamo Chapter of NACE has grown by leaps and bounds.  It is amazing to look in retrospect to where we were just eight short years ago when I first joined the Chapter.  Our members, committees, and industry supporters are the best in the country.  As our Chapter grows, so do the hearts of those who hold Alamo NACE near and dear to them.  We are blessed to have amazing professionals in our city who believe in the power of NACE. 

In the spirit if Thanksgiving, we challenge you to thank and pay honor to those colleagues, family members and friends who support you personally and professionally. It takes a village to do what we do and to successfully balance our lives on a day to day basis.   

Thank you for your continued support!  


Michelle Moon, CPCE
President, Alamo NACE


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Calendar of Events


Tuesday, November 10, 2015
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Southwest School of Art
300 Augusta St., San Antonio TX 78205
At the edge of Paris lies Château Versailles, the vast royal palace of the King and Queen of France. This year’s gala will transport guests to 17th Century France in the midst of French opulence and grandeur.  Guests of the royal court will enjoy luxurious foods, delightful entertainment and beautiful surroundings. Join us at the Alamo NACE Chapter 10th Annual President’s Gala and Bienvenue a Versailles!

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$85.00 Member Ticket
$95.00 after 12:00 pm November 6

$85.00 Guest Ticket
$95.00 after 12:00 pm November 6

$110.00 VIP Member Ticket
$110.00 VIP Guest Ticket

$40 New Orleans Raffle Ticket (one entry)

$100 New Orleans Raffle Ticket (three entries)

$20 "Queens Tea Cup" Mystery Auction

$100 Games of Chance!

During the cocktail hour, enjoy a thrilling game of croquet or a regal match game to win high dollar auction items. At $100 per game, you are guaranteed a win! Browse a selection of teacups at the Queens Tea for $20 per teacup and win additional auction items.

Watch our past NACE PRESIDENT Royalty be crowned and honored as we walk through the history of our very own Alamo NACE court.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm - Cocktail Hour in the Gardens
Butler Passed Hors d’ Oeuvres
Brie and Carmelized Onion Tart
Smoked Salmon garnished with Crème Fraiche and Caviar
Seared Marseille Diver Scallop
Open Bar with Signature French 75 Cocktail

7:15 pm – Event Welcome & Opening Announcements

7:30 pm - Dinner Served
Arugula and Frisee Salad with Goat Cheese Medallion, Zinfandel Poached Pear
Boeuf en Croute duxelle with Sauce Bordelaise
Potatoes Dauphinoise
Haricot Vert with Tomato Concasse
Petite Ramekin of Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee paired with Grand Marnier Chocolate Mousse

8:15 pm  - Program and Presentations

10:00 pm – Event Conclusion

 Thanks to our fabulous 10th Annual President's Gala Sponsors!

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Gala News

There's Still Time to Purchase your Raffle ticket!

Win a New Orleans Vacation! 

Bienvenue a New Orleans! 

Purchase tickets from any Gala Committee member or Alamo NACE Board member for a chance to win a New Orleans vacation! Your package includes: 

  • Two night stay with breakfast at Hyatt French Quarter
  • Cooking class and lunch at New Orleans School of Cooking
  • Your choice of New Orleans tour from Livery Tours
  • $100 Gift Certificate to the historic Tujague's Restaurant

Package valued over $800!


Raffle Tickets are priced at:

$40 for one (1) Entry

$100 for three (3) Entries

Winner will be drawn randomly at Alamo NACE Gala on November 10, 2015. Need not be present to win. 

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President's Report

And the nominees are...

The Alamo Chapter of NACE is proud to announce the nominees for this year's Annual NACE President's Gala Awards. These members have shown a true passion and commitment not only to our Chapter, but to the catering and event industry at large. Congratulations to all of the following nominees. The winner of each category will be announced at the November 10th NACE Gala at the Southwest School of Art.

Caterer of the Year nominees are: Donna Kahn with Simply Magnolious Catering, Jessica Silvaggio-Galbreath with Spice of Life Catering and Caryn Hasslocher with Fresh Horizons Catering.

Event Professional of the Year Nominees are: Jamie Turnage with Bokeh Photography, Ron Peene with Cutting Edge Entertainment and Carlos Araiza with Goen South. 

Rising Star Nominees include: Stephanie Olivares with RK Group, Kimberly Straughan with Barriba Cantina and The County Line Riverwalk, Kacie Michalek with Frontier Enterprise Group, and Kelly Palubiak with Saltgrass Steakhouse.

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Community Service

Thanks to everyone that collected and donated pet supplies for the Animal Defense League at the October meeting at Old San Francisco Steakhouse. We had so many pet toys, towels, food and treats. We appreciate all the hard work. Thank you; Alamo NACE Cares! 

We will be taking a short hiatus in November but will be collecting toys for Toys for Tots at the December monthly meeting. 




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Welcome New Members

Welcome the newest Alamo NACE Members:
  • Krystal Senn with Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk
  • Michelle Flores with Illusions-RK Group
Let's celebrate the October & November anniversaries of current members:
  • Tina Sturchio with Sturchio Entertainment- 22 years
  • Caryn Hasslocher with Fresh Horizons Catering- 22 years
  • Amber Fraser with Fajita Depot- 20 years
  • Debra Williams with Oak Hill Country Club- 17 years
  • Maureen Riebel with Elegant Events by Maureen- 13 years
  • Morris Goen with Goen South- 11 years
  • Sara Wilson with St. Anthony Hotel- 11 years
  • Nikki Jarzombek with Tobin Center Catering- 10 years
  • Nicole Garza with Hyatt Hill Country Resort- 9 years
  • Michelle Moon with Tobin Center for Performing Arts- 8 years
  • Greg Reese with Events by Reese- 5 years
  • Cali Kenway with San Antonio Wedding Guide- 4 years
  • Christie McCoy with Amalee Events- 3 years
  • Kelly Palubiak with Saltgrass Steakhouse- 2 years



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The inaugural Antonian Awards took place on Wednesday, October 28 at the beautiful Sunset Station. 

Your Alamo Chapter of NACE took home two awards at the Inaugural Antonian Awards. The event would not have been possible without the support and dedication of all our members who made the 9th Annual NACE President's Gala a huge success! The entire Gala Planning Committee is commended for their hard work. Cheers to winning "Best Marketing Design" and "Best Industry/Association Monthly Meeting or Event" for the 9th Annual Alamo NACE President's Gala. 



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Monthly Meeting Recap

NACE Superstar David Caruso gave such a wonderful presentation on Bringing Sexy Back to Event Design. The event spaces he reinvented were stunning! And speaking of stunning, Illusions Rentals and Design and Flair Floral along with the elegance of The Crystal Room were on point with bringing sexy back. The purples and reds used throughout the space along with flowers and candles everywhere was perfection.

Absolutely Delicious Catering served up a one of a kind menu. Ditto Sturchio of Sturchio Events tickled the ivory keys with his piano playing skills. Behind the scenes JSAV helped create a great viewing of the presentation. Thanks to Bokeh Photography for the stunning photos.

The entire value of the event including food, venue, decor and photography was approximately $9,000. That is more than $180 per person. For more beautiful photos, please visit the Alamo NACE Facebook page, here.


Thanks to the October NACE Sponsors!



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