DFW NACE Presents The Gong Show (2021 Annual Fundraiser)

Date: Wed, September 1, 2021

Time: 6:00p - 10:00p

Location: On the Levee - 1108 Quaker St, Dallas, TX 75207

Join us Wednesday, September 1st, 2021
6:00pm – 10:00pm

On the Levee
1108 Quaker St
Dallas, TX 75207

* Cocktail Attire *
(masks are required)

Early bird tickets are on sale now for $50! The last day for early bird tickets is Monday, August 2nd at 11:59p.
Price increases on August 3rd to $65
And tickets at the door will be $75

** Do you have what it takes to miss the gong? Register your solo or team act today by emailing info@dfwnace.com for more details. The last day to enter is Friday, August 20th.

Single Act: $50
2-4 People: $40 per person
5 or more: $35 per person

Bring cash to stop the gong for your favorite performers! The performer with the most cash at the end of the night will win the People’s Choice Award!

*** If you are interested in sponsoring or donating a silent auction for this event please email Chris Harmon – fundraiser@dfwnace.com

**** The After Party will be at Render Events!
1101 Quaker St, Dallas TX 75207
(Right across the street.)

2021 Gong Show Fundraiser Sponsors:

On the Levee Logo

August 2021 Happy Hour & Karaoke

Date: Wed, August 4, 2021

Time: 6:00p-8:00p

Location: FireHouse Gastro Park - 321 W Main St, Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Firehouse Gastro Park

Join us for small bites, karaoke, and tons of great networking!

Come out to DFW NACE Happy Hour and sign up for Karaoke! Karaoke is $10 per song to benefit Project 16.

Event Details

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021

Happy Hour:
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Firehouse Gastro Park
321 W Main St
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Free to Attend, Karaoke is $10 per song, Cash bar

Thank you to our August Happy Hour sponsors!

2021 NACE Experience Annual Conference

Start date: Sun, August 1, 2021

End date: Wed, August 4, 2021

Location: Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas

The annual NACE Experience conference is filled with education that all catering and events professionals needs, and loads of fun that you won’t want to miss. 

Hosted at Bellagio Resort and Casino
August 1st – August 4th, 2021

You can find all the details about Experience here: https://web.cvent.com/event/7e77d23a-cefc-40f9-8c58-ef0bbc0d920b/summary

DFW NACE Paints with Purpose (Fundraiser Prelude)

Date: Wed, July 14, 2021

Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Painting with a Twist - 513 E, I-30 Rockwall, TX 75087

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Join us Wednesday, July 14th, 2021
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Painting with a Twist
513 E, I-30
Rockwall, TX 75087

Tickets are $50 each
Vestals Catering is sponsoring individual Charcuterie boxes for each attendee. Bring your own wine to sip & share. Water and other non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

Password to register is: NACE

Thank you to our Paints with a Purpose Sponsors

Painting with a Twist Logo

July 2021 Education Program

Date: Wed, July 7, 2021

Time: 6:00p-9:00p

Location: Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake - 285 Shady Oaks Dr, Southlake, TX 76092

Building Business After a Life-Changing Moment

Life throws us curveballs at the most unexpected moments, with no regard for your business ownership, client base, or personal life. As an entrepreneur, it can be an extremely trying time for your brand, your business, and your team. Unfortunately, there is no handbook for dealing with these moments of grief, and it can be an overwhelming learning curve to endure. Join José as he discusses his own experience with the life-changing loss of his husband, how grieving initially impacted his business, and how he picked himself back up and returned stronger than ever (and how you can do the same).

Takeaways include:

  1. Stages of grief and how they impact your business, including a more technical approach to what things you need in place to avoid an absence within your brand. 
  2. Having a plan of action. What strategies to put in place to provide yourself and your business with security in the event of a loss or hardship.
  3. What you can do to communicate with your audience and clients, whether it’s sharing the moment as part of your brand/your story or removing it from the public eye for a more private approach.
  4. Tips for focusing on growth, support, and the future during emotional turmoil/depression and remaining business-forward as best you can. Finding the balance of growth and knowing it’s okay to grieve, including best practices for self-care.
Jose Rolon Headshot
José Rolón

A NUPTIAL MAESTRO FOR A DECADE, JOSÉ has made a name for himself with his chill vibe and generous command, with his planning and design aesthetic making him one of the top rising wedding planners in NYC. He is frequently sought for his expertise on The New York Times, Brides, NACE, and more, as well as his work featured with Martha Stewart, Essence Magazine, Sophisticated Weddings Magazine, New York Weddings, and the Best of The Knot. Recently, he was named one Biz Bash’s Most Influential Event Professionals.

José lives in Brooklyn Heights with his three children, and as a single dad, has learned how to keep his cool under pressure. During COVID, José and his family chose to take TikTok by storm during quarantine! As a result, he has been featured and had appearances on NowThis News, CBS AtHome Videos with Cedric the Entertainer, Ellen’s Game of Games, Tamron Hall Show, Univision Se Habla USA, and The Drew Barrymore Show. If that’s wasn’t enough, José was named co-host of Season 2’s webseries Parenting Wins airing in March 2021.

Event Details

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

Registration & Networking:

Dinner & Program:

Desserts & Networking:

Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake
285 Shady Oaks Dr.
Southlake, TX 76092

Meeting Registration Fees:
Members $45, Guests $60, Student $35

*We are still practicing COVID safety protocols, and encourage all attendees to wear a mask if they are not seated at their table.

The last day for early bird pricing is Thursday, July 1st. Registration closes Monday, July, 5th.

Thank you to our July Education Program sponsors!

DFW NACE Presents Drag Bingo (Fundraiser Prelude)

Date: Wed, June 9, 2021

Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Location: Virgin Hotel Dallas - 1445 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207

Jenni P

Featuring performances by:
Krystal Summers
Nichole O’Hara Munro
Kenya Blue

Tickets are $60 each
Bingo cards are included with your ticket. And daubers will be $2.
Bring cash to tip your favorite performers!

Bingo prizes will be awarded each round!

Incredible DFW NACE food and drink specials.

**Email info@dfwnace.com for Tickets**

Visit dfwnace.com/fundraiser for all of the details!

Drag Bingo Sponsors:

June 2021 Education Program

Date: Wed, June 2, 2021

Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Location: Fort Worth Club - 306 W 7th St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

Pocket Profitability – How to Run Your Business and Make Money with your Mobile Device

You have more power in your pocket than they needed to send a man to the moon – and yet if you don’t know how to use your phone, it’s just an expensive and distracting paperweight.

You need to know how to harness that power and make it profitable, so you can run your business instead of having it run you, and be the most profitable member of your business team.

In “Pocket Profitability,” NACE members will learn:

  1. A plan to stop wasting money and time on useless apps
  2. The ability to leverage the tools already on their phone
  3. The what and why a tool is useful – or not 
  4. A workable plan for various parts of their day to be more effective and efficient, and profitable – without spending a fortune!
Phil Gerbyshak

Phil Gerbyshak is a speaker, sales expert, corporate sales trainer, and small business coach. Phil trains his clients on the power of connection, leveraging the reach of social media, combined with the deeply personal work of nurturing 1:1 relationships, growing profitable long-term clients, transforming businesses, and boosting revenue.

Event Details

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

Educated Bites with TX Whiskey*:
5:00pm (*registration required)

Registration & Networking:

Dinner & Program:

Fort Worth Club
306 W 7th St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Meeting Registration Fees:
Members $45, Guests $60, Student $35, Virtual $15

*We are still practicing COVID safety protocols, and encourage all attendees to wear a mask if they are not seated at their table.

Pricing increases after Thursday, May 27th. Registration closes on Monday, May 31st.

**If you’re not comfortable attending in person or you are feeling sick, register for our virtual option!**

**Hitch a ride to Fort Worth on our shuttle!**

Premier Transportation has generously donated a Shuttle Bus to take us from Dallas to Fort Worth (and back) for our June Education Program the Fort Worth Club!

We will be gathering and leaving from Trinity Groves at 5:00pm.

Add it to your June education program registration. There is no additional cost to all registered attendees.

Please be on time, you don’t want to miss the bus!

**Stay at the Inn at the Club**

Enjoy a Fort Worth Staycation and experience life as a “Member” of the historic and prestigious Fort Worth Club!

We are offering a special NACE Attendee rate of $125 (+tax) for this meeting only!

Stay overnight at the Inn at the Club after the NACE meeting on June 2 and enjoy membership amenities such as:

  • First Class Dining options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Bar Bites and Cocktails in the Davey O’Brien Sports Lounge
  • Athletic Center facility access, including on-site Cryotherapy

(Extra charges will apply.)

Reach out to front@fortworthclub.com to secure your reservation today.  

Thank you to our June Education Program sponsors!

Educated Bites with TX Whiskey

Date: Wed, June 2, 2021

Time: 4:30p

Location: Fort Worth Club

Join us & Ale Ochoa, Whiskey Scientist for TX Whiskey, to learn all about the science of Whiskey!

What you will learn:

  • The differences between whiskey, bourbon, and rye
  • How blends are made
  • And the processes behind the magic of distilling
  • Understand more about the fermentation and distillation process
  • Hear the TX Whiskey Distillery story and how they have grown.

All of this while tasting five of their different products!

Ale Ochoa (Pronounced “Al-e or Allie”)

Ale Ochoa, whiskey scientist at Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. (F&R) spends her days focused on the flavor of whiskey – from maturation, blending,  and sensory analysis to research and development – for the production of the award-winning TX Whiskey and TX Straight Bourbon.

Ochoa brings extensive knowledge of the science behind taste, aroma and the senses to the distillery team at F&R, having graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and a master’s in Animal Science.  During her studies, Ochoa spent time working in a sensory kitchen before becoming a research technician in a flavor chemistry lab. On a daily basis, Ochoa tests samples and quantifies the aromas and flavors of F&R products at every stage of the distillation, maturation, and blending, ensuring that F&R’s products maintain the highest standards of quality and consistency.

*PRO Tip to Avoid Traffic: Head out west and attend our Educated Bites class hosted by TX Whisky, where you’ll get to wet your whistle while you learn all about whiskey, bourbon, and rye!

Then it’s an hour of networking, followed by dinner with speaker Phil Gerbyshak to discuss “Pocket Profitability: How to Run Your Business and Make Money with Your Mobile Device.” This is one you won’t want to miss, register TODAY!

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021
Time: 4:30pm
Where: Fort Worth Club

You must be registered for our June Education Program to attend this FREE event.

Sponsored by TX Whiskey:

Poker Tournament Fundraiser

Date: Wed, May 12, 2021

Time: 6:00pm

Location: BEYOND - 1300 Round Table Dr. Dallas, TX 75247

Entry fee: $50 to Play, or $20 to Attend
(Light Bites and Beverages are included. Bring cash for additional Play options)

Read more about Project 16 on our blog.

**Email info@dfwnace.com to RSVP** Note: When you RSVP, please note if you plan to play poker or just be a spectator.

Visit dfwnace.com/fundraiser for all of the details!

Including information on how you can make a donation and build your brand awareness with a branded poker table.

Poker Tournament Sponsors:

New Member Orientation

Date: Wed, May 5, 2021

Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Parkway Experiences - 14555 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75254

Join us for our New Member Orientation at Parkway Experiences. Get to know other NACE members and how you can make the most out of your membership. We are meeting just one hour before the May meeting begins.

Email membership@dfwnace.com to confirm your attendance.