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- Spotlight On: Members Make Charity a Priority
- Feature Focus: Tips to Manage Risk & Liability When Liquor is Served
- Stellar Buzz: Holiday Recipe - Almond Pear Torte
- Winner's Circle: Share a Tip & Win

  Spotlight On Members Make Charity a Priority


"If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble." -Bob Hope

The year-end holidays bring out the best in people and companies when it comes to charitable giving and activities, and this year is no exception.

Many of the hospitality organizations and industry partners listed on have made charitable action a priority this season.

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  Feature Focus

Tips to Manage Risk & Liability When Liquor is Served

Lawyers will tell you whether you’re giving alcohol away or selling it at an event, anyone who has control over the facility or the event is typically liable if an intoxicated person causes bodily injury or property damage as a result of the liquor served at that event.

The good news is, provided the meeting planner isn't pouring the drinks, they normally would not be at much risk of being held personally liable.

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  Stellar Buzz
 Holiday Recipe - Almond Pear Torte

almond pear torteLooking for a unique and delicious holiday dish to serve this year?

The Canyon Ranch in Tuscon shares the recipe for a delicious Almond Pear Torte straight from their kitchen. This festive dessert is perfect for the holiday table – a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach, without the stratospheric calorie count that accompanies most seasonal desserts.

Get the full recipe here...

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  Winner's Circle
Share a Tip & Win

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Happy Holidays!

We offer our thanks for your continued support, and wish you much peace and great joy during this holiday season and throughout the New Year.

-Best wishes from the Staff


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Did You Know...

According to German folklore, the first tinsel was magically transformed from spider webs.


No two snowflakes are alike! Decorate a tree or window with your own unique paper creation.

-Plain white paper
-Waxed paper

1. Cut paper into a square with sides no smaller than 5".
2.Fold a square in half diagonally to form a triangle.
3. Fold the triangle in half. 4. Fold the triangle into thirds, one side toward the front, the other to the back. 5. Trim the extra paper off the bottom of the triangle. 6. All around the outside of the triangle, cut out notches, diamonds, squares, narrow slits, and triangles. Make lots of cuts for a lacy snowflake, leaving some folds on both sides intact to keep snowflake in one piece.
7. Unfold your triangle to reveal a six-sided snowflake!
8. Sandwich your snowflake between a piece of paper and a piece of waxed paper. Lay another sheet of paper on top of the waxed paper, and iron on low heat to melt the wax onto the snowflake and make it stiff.
9. Peel off the waxed paper right away, while it is still warm.


"The snow turned all to pearl, the dark trees strung with pearls, the sky beginning to flow with such a radiance as never was on land or sea. Find the stillness everywhere.."
-Gladys Hasty Carroll