6. The new MPI Minnesota Board of Directors: Sheila Harris, VP of leadership development; Jill Reed, director of leadership development; Lisa Albers, VP of education; Nicole Coon, president-elect; Jenn Hultman, director of membership care and retention; Clint Greenebaum, director of special events; Marissa Hovde, director of strategic alliances; Becky Pomorin, VP of membership; Jackie Darsow, director of education; Karin Peterson, director of sponsorships and events; Rachel Jensen, director of membership recruitment; Jennifer Dorholt, president; Monique Rochard-Marine, VP of marketing and communications; Elizabeth Sherry, director of marketing and communications; and Jen Ruthig, immediate past president.
The MPI Minnesota Chapter gathered on June 20 to celebrate the success of its past year at JX Event Venue in Stillwater. The event included a happy hour, Fun Pianos that serenaded guests, elevated food stations, trolley rides and a hidden speakeasy.
For its September 2019 meeting, the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) Philadelphia Chapter—which serves industry professionals in the Greater Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware region—thought it would try something different. Instead of focusing on the visual presentation of food, organizers took away the sense of sight entirely, outfitting diners with a blindfold at dinner.
From May 1 to July 14, Philadelphians were enthralled by Chinese culture at the 4th annual Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival held in historic Franklin Square. Attendees witnessed 27 lantern displays that were larger than life and made of more than 2,000 lit sculptures and 20,000 LED lights.