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It’s Going to be a Hot CHRIE FutureFund™ in Palm Springs

Robert Bosselman, Chair of the CHRIE FutureFund™ Committee; Professor, Iowa State University

The ICHRIE Annual Conference is the highlight of the year for hospitality and tourism educators. Your CHRIE FutureFund™ is always actively engaged at the Annual Conference with a number of exciting venues. All throughout the year, your CHRIE FutureFund™ has been supporting members. We look forward to the Best Paper Award winners from the Graduate Research Conference joining us in Palm Springs, as your CHRIE FutureFund™ provided complimentary registration for these winners.

Start planning now for the Silent Auction, where many interesting items will be available to the highest bidder. In past years we have seen members make great deals on wine, resort packages, hotel stays, restaurant meals, books, and so much more, including a watch last year! In fact, do you have an interesting item you can bring for the Silent Auction? Please consider bringing that to Palm Springs. We know we will have a large selection of scarves and jewelry, thanks to long-time CHRIE FutureFund™/ICHRIE member, Linda Hoops. The Silent Auction will start Wednesday evening as the Marketplace opens. The Silent Auction will end Thursday midday when the Marketplace closes.

The annual 50/50 Raffle will also start Wednesday evening, and that drawing takes place during the Awards Dinner. Raffle tickets may be purchased from any CHRIE FutureFund™/ICHRIE member who is selling tickets. Your best bet is purchase 10 tickets for $20. You could also procure 3 tickets for $10; and 1 ticket for $5. The winner walks away with half of the overall total purchased. The all-time record is approximately $1,400, so let’s see if we can beat that this year in Palm Springs. Buy early and often to increase your probability of winning!

And, finally, we will have the Annual Duck Race. This is always an exciting event, as ICHRIE members cheer on their respective ducks. There are only a limited number of ducks, and they will be on sale at the CHRIE FutureFund™ booth starting Wednesday night when Marketplace opens. The Duck Race will take place Thursday afternoon, and the winner walks away with half of the overall total purchased. While some ducks may be available when the Duck Race takes place, it is best to purchase your duck ahead of time.

Your CHRIE FutureFund™ cannot do all these activities without your support. Please consider sharing your time with us, by assisting with Raffle ticket sales, or assisting at the booth with duck sales or the Silent Auction. We all win when we support CHRIE FutureFund™, and we have fun doing it. Your CHRIE FutureFund™ has been supporting members for many years, and, with your participation, we look forward to many more years of helping ICHRIE members.  

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