HSMAI Arizona - Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, Arizona Chapter

Annual Chinese Auction
"The Year of the Rooster"
A Recap by Ashlee Ciora

Annual Chinese Auction

The 23rd Annual Chinese Auction, held on June 30th, keeps getting better and better each year! The attendance by HSMAI Members, co-workers and friends was close to 300 and we had a record breaking year with 18 corporate tables. The event would not have been successful without the host hotel, the beautiful Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center. They always go above and beyond for this event (they hosted the auction in 2003) with the décor, food and helpful employees. The "Year of the Rooster" was an exciting theme with farm style décor mimicking the hit show "Green Acres." Thank you to all the sponsors and people that helped, especially Corporate Follies, who made the event look fabulous.

This event would not be where it is today without the help of over 100 companies that donated prizes for the silent and live auctions. HSMAI rose over $11,000 alone on the silent auction which several thousand dollars will go to the Children's Angel Foundation and the HSMAI Education and Student Fund. THANK YOU! The Children's Angel Foundation's donations will go towards Hacienda, Inc. a long-term living facility for ill and disabled children and young adults along with Los Niño's Hospital, a pediatric hospital.

The energy in the room was brought on by the amazing Vannas and Emcees that kept the crowd going. This year we had four Emcees: Ray the DJ, Dave Rosenbaum, Bill Morton and a newcomer, Randy Van Hulle. And last but not least, a huge thank you to the entire committee that once again, organized an amazing event. We look forward to seeing everyone back in 2006 for the 24th Annual Chinese Auction, The "Year of the Dog"!

Annual Chinese Auction


... to the following individuals and companies who made this evening such a success!


America West Airlines
Brede Exposition Services
Corporate Follies
Fort McDowell Casino
Modern Exposition Services
Paper Crazy by Thunder Thoughts
Picture Phoenix
Road to Success Marketing
Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center
Sunstone Hotels

Emcees David Rosenbaum, CHME, Ray Grace,
Randy Van Hulle and Auctioneer Bill Morton
"Vannas" Alma Rosa Pink and Yvette Koebke


Ashlee Ciora, Scottsdale CVB, Co-Chair
Terry McDonald, Modern Exposition Services, Co-Chair
Kathi Overkamp, CMP, America West Airlines, Board Liaison
Paul Bashaw, Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center
Ray Grace, Ray the DJ
Joan Guidry, Paper Crazy by Thunder Thoughts
Janet Hof, CMP, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch
Bob Holman, Brede Exposition Services
Kathie Kardell, Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center
  Yvette Koebke, Sunstone Hotels
Tamara Meyer, Neon Now
Alma Rosa Pink, SuperShuttle Transportation Systems
Dave Rosenbaum, CHME, Radisson Fort McDowell Resort & Casino
Cheryl Street, CHME, Road to Success Marketing
Joanne Winter, HSMAI