September 2015  


Dear Alamo NACE, 

The Chapter is gearing up for a busy Fall.  Our wonderful committees, driven by you our members, have some big plans underway!  We hope to catch your attention as we raise funds for the Foundation of NACE and continued educational opportunities to be able to afford to bring in world-class presenters to enlighten us all on the leading industry standards and trends. 

The Fundraising Committee, led by Stephanie Olivares (Director of Fundraising), are putting the final touches together for the Lip Sync Battle FUN-Raiser that will be held on September 17 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at Howl at the Moon.  Join us for amazing performances as twelve contestants battle it out for the golden trophy!  As this is a fundraiser, 100% of the proceeds from the event will go back directly to the Alamo NACE Chapter.  Your $25 donation includes admission for the evening, food and the right to vote for your favorite performers.  Rumor has it that an EPIC 90’s inspired performance will bring down the house.  You don’t want to miss what everyone will be chatting, tweeting and Facebooking about that evening!  

The 10th Annual NACE President’s Gala Planning Committee, led by Sarah James (Vice President), are busy refining the elegant and polished elements to this year’s huge celebration.  I’m sure you have seen the amazing photos on social media promoting the event.  It will be a royal event for sure.  The committee is in need of support from you and would like for you to consider donating to the auction, donating your services, purchasing a sponsorship, or saving up now to buy your gala ticket when they go on sale.   Save the date for “Bienvenue A Versailles” on  Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

Your continued support of the Alamo Chapter of NACE is greatly appreciated. 


Michelle Moon, CPCE
President, Alamo NACE


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Welcome New Members

Welcome the newest Alamo NACE Members:
  • Ric Simmons with My Texas Gay Wedding
  • Stephanie Vanderburg with Maggiano's Little Italy
  • Frank Burton with Event Ignition
  • Kristy Hernandez with Howl at the Moon
  • Nicki Helsel with JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa
  • Patricia Garcia with Marriott Rivercenter & Riverwalk
  • Roger Hanson with The Lodge at Bridal Veil Falls
  • Emily Simpson with Cartwheels Catering
  • Michael DeLuna with Paesano's Restaurant Group
Let's celebrate the August anniversaries of current members:
  • Jessica Silvaggio with Spice of Life Catering- 6 years
  • Shelly Koch-Cantu with Wyndham Garden Hotel- 5 years
  • Marjie Christopher with Rio Cibolo Ranch- 14 years
  • Sylvia Carrier with Briscoe Museum- 1 year


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Calendar of Events

Upcoming Meetings - Save the Date!

 September Meeting- Jingu House; "Innovative Beverage Service"
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Jingu House
3853 North St. Mary's, San Antonio TX 78212

Join us at the restored Jingu House located at the Japanese Tea Gardens for wine and sake tastings. The historic Japanese Tea Gardens are nearly 100 years old and feature cascading waterfalls, scenic pathways and a breathtaking rock gazebo. Stroll the grounds while networking with San Antonio's finest catering and event professionals. Alyson Anderson with Republic National Distributors will discuss wine and cocktails in a constantly evolving beverage industry.


Click here to REGISTER:

$35.00 Member Ticket
$45.00 after 12:00 pm September 4

$45.00 Guest Ticket
$55.00 after 12:00 pm September 4

$35.00 Guest of Member Company
$45.00 after 12:00 pm September 4

Don't forget to bring your NACE Cares donation for Edgewood ISD. We're collecting back to school items! Receive one raffle ticket for each item that you bring! 

 Special Thanks to our September Member Partners:

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Community Service

ALAMO NACE CARES is an initiative for NACE Members to make a positive impact in their community through contributions to local organizations. The goal is simple…give. As Event Professionals and Caterers, our members love to give back.  Giving is easier than ever when you bring your item to your NACE meetings each month. Bring your item, support your community. As an added bonus - you'll get a raffle ticket for every item you bring! For more information, contact Micki Moore at!

September 8th Meeting – School Supply Drive for Edgewood ISD

Items to include: notebook paper, #2 pencils, pens, folders, notebooks, School bags/backpacks, crayons, glue sticks, pencil sharpeners, youth scissors, washable markers, dividers, box of Kleenex, hand sanitizer, supply boxes, etc. A full list of school supply items can be found here.



This month's raffle prize items include: *

 (3) Food & Beverage Vouchers for $12 each for Alamo Draft House

 (1) $25 Gift Card for the Republic of Texas

 (2) Hours of Complimentary Bowling for up to 10 guests at Bowlero

 (4) One Day Admission Tickets to Morgan’s Wonderland

*Remember, you receive one raffle ticket for EVERY item donated. 




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Fundraising News

The NACE Alamo Chapter LIP SYNC BATTLE FUN-RAISER will take place on Thursday, September 17 at Howl at the Moon on the Riverwalk.  This Fun-Raiser is a first of it's kind and is sure to be a ton of fun!

 Thursday, September 17
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM


Howl at the Moon
111 W. Crockett St.
San Antonio, TX 78205


$25 Admission
Open to all NACE Members and Guests
Includes admission to event and food plus two
tokens to vote on your favorite performer



*Additional vote tokens will be on sale at the event
$1 for one token and $5 for six voting tokens

Event runs 5:30-7:30 with lip sync battles starting at 6:00 PM. Lip sync battles conclude at 7:00 and Howl at the Moon entertainers begin performing at 7:30 PM.


We need 12 lip syncers! Sign up with Fun-Raiser Chairperson, Stephanie Olivares. Song submission is due by Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Costumes, backup dancers and all forms of group participation are encouraged.




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Monthly Meeting Recap

The August Alamo NACE Meeting was held at the spectacular Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Tobin Center Catering created a beautiful meal including an arugula salad, braised short ribs with goat cheese mashed potatoes and a strawberry mascarpone dessert that was sinfully delicious! The Tobin Center Production team showcased some fun and innovative lighting techniques to incorporate into your next event. Events by Reese provided the beautiful linens for the lovely tables. The entire value of the event including food, venue, decor and photography is a whopping $14,325! That is more than $252 per person. Kudos to the awesome NACE Programs committee and chair, Kelly Palubiak for the spectacular presentation.




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Gala News


Lady Devra of Versailles made her royal appearance in last week's 10th Annual NACE President's Gala social media campaign. Please "LIKE" us on Facebook and stay tuned for portraits of other gala committee royalty in the coming weeks. 

Bienvenue A Versailles! 10th Annual President's Gala

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. Guests of the royal court will enjoy luxurious foods, delightful entertainment and beautiful surroundings, much like what you see in Lady Devra’s portrait. Join us at the Alamo NACE Chapter's 10th Annual President’s Gala and Bienvenue a Versailles!

Interested in Gala Sponsorship? There are several sponsorships available at every dollar level. Each sponsorship level has wonderful benefits for our generous sponosrs including signage at event and on invitations, website recognition, social media and PR recognition. Contact Sarah James for more information on available sponsorships and detailed benefits. 


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