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    1. The event’s theme was “Soirée: An Evening Paris.” 

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    2. Sweets were served in martini glasses. 

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    3. MPI MN member and Past President Robert Payne emceed the event. 

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    4. EMPI winner Meghan Likes. 

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    5. The new Board of Directors takes a pledge. 

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    6. Susan Bormann and Steph Pfeilsticker, 2016-17 president. 

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    7. Michelle Emberley, Debbie Friedman-Hueller, Bridgette Sobraske, Jen Ruthig, Holly Bowman and Steph Pfeilsticker. 

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    8. Nicole Coon and Jen Ruthig, the association’s new president. 

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    9. Back row, left to right: Katie Numedahl, Dirk VanderBent, Jill Blihovde, Amy Beilke; front row, left to right: Rondi Pacheco, Monique RochardMarine and Debbie Friedman-Hueller; all with Land O’Lakes

On May 10, the MPI Minnesota chapter celebrated its members and the successes of its 2016-17 year at Union Depot in St. Paul. The theme was “Soirée: An Evening in Paris,” and attendees dined on French-inspired food from Crave. The 2017-18 Board of Directors and incoming president, Jen Ruthig, CMP, were welcomed, and EMPI awards and scholarship recipients were announced.

Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) suppliers, members and friends started their day on Nov. 17 at the Marriott East Lansing at University Place for the Association Choice Awards Celebration (see page 56) networking brunch. Sixty-eight supplier partners that make a difference in the association community were nominated in 23 categories. Online voting by only MSAE members whittled the finalists in each category down to the winners. 

 

Thirteen meetings industry-related organizations joined forces as the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado to coordinate and host the 24th annual Serving Up Hope Luncheon on Nov. 7 at Denver Mart. More than 700 industry professionals attended and raised more than $30,000 for Food Bank of the Rockies’ Denver’s Table program. Food sta - tions receiving awards included Marriott Denver Tech Center for Best Appetizer, Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel for Best Entrée, Rialto Cafe for Best Dessert, and Scratch Catering Services for People’s Choice.

 

The annual Front Range Trade Show is the place where meeting and event planners and suppliers from around the state gather to network and book business. Destination Colorado’s 21st annual event happened on Dec. 6 at The Hangar at Stanley, located in Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace.