Annual Reception at the NRA Show

IFEC's Diamond Anniversary Party at Hotel Palomar

It all started with a group of editors and PR people meeting for drinks at The Drake Hotel during the 1956 NRA Show. IFECers have gathered during the show every year since then and this year, we're celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary of our founding.

IFEC -- and our annual NRA party -- have continued to get bigger and better thanks in large part to member-sponsors like you. Don't miss the opportunities to get involved as a supporter of the best party yet. Applications are available now.

F&B sponsors will be excited to learn that Executive Chef Lawrence Lotraro and master mixologist John Stanton of The Palomar's highly-regarded Sable Kitchen & Bar will prepare the party fare and cocktails using your ingredients. Both the chef and his mixologist colleague are known for their intelligent, innovative approaches to their crafts.

The Party's On!
Monday, May 23rd
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Hotel Palomar, Chicago
505 N. State Street

Sponsorship Fees
Food and Beverage Stations  $750 + kitchen prep charges

Take-home gifts
  $500 + product or item cost

Commemorative items  $250 + product or item cost

Event Sponsor

Diamond   $ 1000
Gold           $  500
Silver         $  250

We proudly acknowledge our sponsors ...

* On the invitation (if you sign up by April 15th)
* On event signs
* In pre- and post-event publicity
* On the IFEC website
* In IFEC President's thank yous at the event
* Digital images of your food and beverage products/station/bar setup/recognition on signs will be made available after the event

Requirements for Food & Beverage sponsorships

The sponsor supplies the product and either provides a recipe or else takes the opportunity to have the chef create the dish. Sponsors will be billed by the hotel for the preparation of the dish, standard linens, serving ware and busing service will be provided. Each food station will consist of a back prep table and a front display table. Sponsors must provide table signs and are encouraged to provide decoration for their station.
Beverages may be served from a station (set up is the same as for a food station, above) or from the bar as appropriate. The sponsor must supply the sponsored product and either provide a recipe or take the opportunity to have the mixologist create the drink. Sponsors will be billed by the hotel for any special equipment or glassware, etc., not stocked by the hotel and for any special services. Alcohol may be provided by the sponsor or purchased from the hotel but must be served by a licensed server. Sponsors must provide table signs if a station is used or table tents if service is from the bar.

Requirements for Take-home Gifts and Commemoratives
Take-home gifts

Items should be compact in size for easy carrying and non-perishable. Suggestions include small bagged snacks, nuts or candy.

Items should be easy to carry and must be customized with IFEC's Sixtieth Anniversary logo and the sponsors' logo.
Commemorative items may be provided for the annual conference as well as the party without additional sponsorship fees. IFEC will provide its anniversary logo.The sponsor is responsible for the production and delivery of the items. Suggestions include:

Decorative oversized matchboxes
Cocktail napkins
Cocktail glasses
Champagne flutes

Planning notes
Plan on 185 party guests
Sponsored products must be shipped to The Hotel Palomar, details to be provided
Please send your logo in jpg format to ifec@ifeconline when you complete your application
Application deadline is April 15th

Contact IFEC, with questions or call 845-527-5679


We're grateful to the fabulous organizations that sponsored last year's NRA event at The Dawson.

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