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    1. Annie Freedman.

    1. Annie Freedman.
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    2. Emily Gilbert.

    2. Emily Gilbert.
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    3. John Caron and Natalie Kay.

    3. John Caron and Natalie Kay.
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    4. Caitlyn Danforth and Jinny Mergl.

    4. Caitlyn Danforth and Jinny Mergl.
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    5. Scott Littleson, Mark Aston and Melissa Lipton.

    5. Scott Littleson, Mark Aston and Melissa Lipton.
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    6. Jessica Lindberg, Laura Wrasman and Kim Bronder.

    6. Jessica Lindberg, Laura Wrasman and Kim Bronder.
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    7. Donna Mitsos, Gail Orfanos, Aileen Laracuente and Monika Janiak.

    7. Donna Mitsos, Gail Orfanos, Aileen Laracuente and Monika Janiak.
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    8. Event games.

    8. Event games.
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    9. Attendees brainstorming.

    9. Attendees brainstorming.

Lucky Strike served as the host venue for the third-annual Hospitality Fest, which gathered more than 750 meeting and event planning professionals for a four-hour evening event. With the goal of spotlighting options across Chicagoland for holiday parties, 74 table sponsors showcased ideas for F&B, event spaces and corporate activities. The teams and volunteers wore bowling shirts with presenting title sponsors’ names on the front to create a fun, laidback atmosphere. Hospitality Fest also included several 20-minute TED Talk-like education sessions on topics like customer service, branding and mentoring. The event was organized by Jim Grillo, CMP, who founded Hospitality Fest to replace the Here’s Chicago Meeting & Event Industry’s End of Summer Bash.

The International Live Events Association (ILEA) Dallas Chapter spread some holiday cheer at its annual Holiday Giveback. The organization chose to work with Senior Source and the Diversicare facility. Members of the group held a party for the facility complete with caroling, live music, holiday crafts and bingo—and of course plenty of cookies and punch. The group also collected items for Diversicare’s wish list, along with a $5 donation from each member who registered for the networking happy hour that followed the party.

 

On Jan. 3, the Moscone Center celebrated its long-awaited opening with a gala. You can read our story about the renovated and expanded convention center here. –Photos courtesy of San Francisco Travel

 

Meeting Professionals International Washington State Chapter (MPIWSC) held its annual auction on Dec. 7, 2017, at Novelty Hill Januik Winery in Woodinville, Washington. The auction wa s a fundraiser for the MPIWSC Educational Fund.