July 2016  


Dear Alamo NACE,

Happy July!  I hope you had a wonderful July 4th celebration with your family and friends.   This summer is zipping by.  Can you believe the year is halfway over already?  Later this month the Alamo Chapter of NACE will be represented at the Annual NACE Experience Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  We look forward to seeing the latest trends in event design, catering, and beverage management as well as learning about becoming a more well-rounded thought leader in our industry.  If you are attending the conference, please let myself know ( so that we may include you on our plans to celebrate the Alamo Chapter while attending the conference.

Michelle Moon, CPCE
President, Alamo NACE


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Upcoming Meetings



July NACE - Members Only Appreciation Mixer!

July 12, 2016
5:30PM - 7:30 PM
La Fonda Alamo Heights
8633 Crownhill Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78209


We look forward to having our exclusive members only event this evening. The NACE Board would like to thank each and every one of our members and thank them for their membership, service and love of Alamo NACE. This complimentary evening will include an open bar and great eats from La Fonda Alamo Heights! 

Event Program:

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Registration, Networking and Dinner


  • Empanadas 
  • Shrimp Flautas
  • Fajita Quesadillas
  • Mexican Street Corn
  • Pork Tamales
  • Chips and Dips
  • Tres Leches Parfaits



Our NACE CARES initiative for June is The Pearls Program. The vision of PEARLS, also called Girls Court, is to invest in teen girls who have been placed in foster care, helping them value their inherent strengths. PEARLS provides girls with opportunities to develop their potential to lead healthy, educated and successful lives. 

This month, NACE Cares is requesting nail polish, nail polish remover, cotton balls, perfumed lotions, body sprays, hair clips, hairspray, head bands and other hair accessories, makeup, lip gloss, eye liner, hair brushes, mirror, comb sets also pretty stationery, sticky notes, journals. Remember, each item donated earns you a raffle ticket!


Thanks to Our Sponsors:


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Special Membership Offer

Join the Alamo NACE Chapter during the month of July and receive a fantastic deal! With your membership, you'll receive an invite to the exlusive, members only mixer for FREE as well as an invite to the August meeting. Did I mention that the August meeting will also be FREE?! You don't want to miss out on this amazing offer. For more information, visit with our Director of Membership, Traci Maricle today!

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Community Service

In July, Alamo NACE Cares will be collecting donations for the PEARLS Program also called Girls Court. The PEARLS vision is to invest in teen girls who have been placed in foster care. The goal is to teach them to value themselves and their strengths. PEARLS provides girls with opportunities to develop their potential to lead healthy, educated and successful lives. 

PEARLS is a join project of the Bexar County Civil District and Children's Courts and provides a comprehensive continuum of gender responsive services to address: life skills training, alternative & vocational training, mental health treatment, domestic violence prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, substance abuse prevention, mentoring and self-esteem building. 

This July, NACE Cares will be collecting the following items:

  • Nail polish, polish remover, cotton balls
  • Hair care products and accessories, brushes, hairspray, head bands, hair clips
  • Makeup, lip gloss, eye liner, lipstick
  • Perfumed lotions, body spray
  • Mirror, comb set
  • Stationery, sticky notes and journals


Thanks so much for your support of NACE Cares! We'll see you July 12 at La Fonda Alamo Heights. Remember, for every item that you donate, you will receive one-raffle ticket and a chance to win some awesome prizes!

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NACE National Awards


The 2016 NACE Award nominees have been announced and San Antonio members have been nominated for 11 awards and the Alamo Chapter has been nominated for 5 Chapter awards. Congratulations and good luck to everyone. We look forward to see who will take home the trophy in each of their respective categories. 

For the full list of NACE Award nominees, click here


Catered Event of the Year Award- On Premise $51,000 to $100,000

Kat Creech Events


Event Production of the Year Award- Social Less Than $50,000

Elegant Events by Maureen  


Event Production of the Year Award- Social Greater Than $100,000

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts


 Event Production of the Year Award- Corporate Greater Than $100,000

Wilkinson Rhodes

Goen South Events


Table Presentation of the Year Award- Greater Than $200 Table

Kat Creech Events


Team Event of the Year Award- Greater Than $100,000

"2nd Annual Benefit Concert and VIP Experience Featuring Lionel Richie"

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Tobin Center Catering, & Marquee Events 


Wedding of the Year Award- $51,000 to $100,000

Goen South Events  


Wedding of the Year Award- Greater Than $100,000

Cartewheels Catering

Wilkinson  Rhodes

Kat Creech Events


Chapter Community Service of the Year- Greater Than 100 Members



Chapter Education Program of the Year- Greater Than 100 Members



Chapter Fundraising Event of the Year- Greater Than 100 Members



Chapter of the Year Greater Than 100 Members



 Chapter Program of the Year Greater Than 100 Members





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Alamo NACE Chapter President’s Gala News


Due to the upcoming election, it has been decided that the Alamo NACE 11th Annual NACE President's Gala date will be moved to Thursday, November 10, 2016. Please mark the dates on your calendars! 

For this year's theme, imagine that it’s November 1942 and servicemen are lining up as the doors open to the WWII Canteen Dance.  The boys have one night before they depart for their tours overseas—so it better be a night to remember! Inside the venue you can hear the sounds of the Glen Miller Orchestra and Andrews Sisters, while the classic stars and stripes décor finishes the mood. Beautiful hostesses line the entrance to welcome soldiers, sailors and Marines. Guests of the evening will enjoy classic Americana-style food, patriotic décor and show-stopping performances. The Alamo NACE 11th Annual President’s Gala is proud to present “The Victory Tour Canteen!”

If you are interested in becoming a gala sponsor, please email Gala Chairperson, Sarah James, or call directly at (210) 518-1051. 

Keep your eyes peeled for more gala information in the coming months. 


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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!

Welcome our Newest Member!

  • Rebecca Newman - University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures


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Calendar of Events


Join us in August at the beautiful McNay Museum where Leah Hawthorn will teach us all how to "Dine Like a Diplomat."


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 speakers 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 and learn to Dine Like A Diplomat! This evening's catering is provided by the award winning True Flavors Catering with rentals provided by Great Events and Rentals





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Monthly Meeting Recap

The June meeting was held at Ace Mart on Austin Highway and was the home to the 4th Annual Alamo NACE CPCE Hunger Games! Guests were sorted into teams where they competed in 5 challenging events. These events all dealt with topics that every Certified Professional in Catering and Events should know about including, types and styles of beer, types of restaurant equipment and CPCE questions. There were also some fun challenges including a tray carrying competition and blind food sampling.

Thanks to all of the wonderful Ace Mart staff that not only helped set up the event and allowed us to use their store, but thanks for offering 10% off to all NACE guests during the event.  

A big thanks also goes out to Werner's Diamond Events team for the delicious meal. Your team was wonderful and so was the food! 

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 Ace Mart for hosting the June Meeting and Diamond Events for the delicious food!



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