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Disaster Resources for Special Events Pros



Charlotte Members of the Greater Charlotte Chapter of ISES Wish to Help Our Fellow ISES Members who wish to come to Charlotte the Following:
Housing: Individuals or families
Office Space and Equipment
New Clothing
Paying for Dr. Appointments or Medicine

Annie Hodges, CSEP
President, Greater Charlotte Chapter of ISES
7230 Ridge Lane Road
Charlotte, NC 28262
704-921-1139 telephone
704-507-3567 mobile

Atlanta My thoughts and prayers are with you daily. I have a spare room in our office and can set you up with a computer and support staff for as long as needed. I also welcome you to my home I have two extra bedrooms and a very loving 5 year old boxer for you to hug. The Atlanta special event community is here for anyone that needs support. I know that others will welcome you with open arms to help you through this very difficult and challenging time in your lives. When you are ready to go back to rebuild, my husband swings a mean hammer.
Terry Singleton, CSEP
CCP Events
Atlanta, Georgia
e-mail [email protected]

Atlanta (Marietta) I have a spare bedroom in my home with its own bathroom - you have to share with my computer - but you could run your business remotely. I'm on the north side of Atlanta in Marietta.
I would also like to know if anyone has heard from Jamie Blais
Thanks and God Bless!
Claudette Bouton
Corporate Event Planner
Corporate Communications
Ten Peachtree Place, 14th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30309
phone. 404-584-3080
cell. 404-606-0983
fax 404-584-3817
e-mail [email protected]

Dallas I have room in my home for a family needing temporary housing. I have a bedroom and a living room that can be turned into living quarters. I have my own kids in high school so a family with kids is ok. Also have room in my office for someone who needs work out of. Has phone computer desk etc.
John Jakob
Aritex Lighting and Sales
3305 Garden Brook
Dallas, Tx 75234
972/620-2214 office
214/213-1042 cell
972/243-2843 home
[email protected]

Arapahoe, N.C. My home has at least one bedroom and one work room for those in need. The home is located in Arapahoe, NC, next to Oriental, North Carolina. My work phone number is 919/549-8804, Cell 919/451-9426, Beeper 919/487-1277.
Look Forward to helping Flora Jane Moorman, CMP, CSEP
Director, Charles Hamner Conference Center at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center

Dallas: Myself, John Jakob and the ISES Chapter of Dallas are pulling together to offer any assistance possible, including a safe place to stay. I can put 1 to 2 people up in my condo with me in Dallas.
David A. Granger, CSEP
Paragon Event Productions
3701 Cedar Plaza Lane, #103
Dallas, TX 75209
E-mail: [email protected]

Raleigh, N.C.: My name is Katy O'Harra and I am a representative for Cloth Connection. My contact information is
[email protected] 919/740-6844.
I have two separate bedrooms (one has two single beds and a the other has one double bed,and a private bath and a half bath.) Call if you are in need.

Atlanta: I have a room in my house someone can use in Atlanta.
Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP
Manager, Trade Shows & Events
6205 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30328
678/516-0344 cell
678/645-3001 FAX
[email protected]

Dallas: I have rooms available at my home if anyone needs temporary housing in the Dallas area. Please let me know if anyone needs anything.
Kevin Brant, CPCE
972/869-2960 home
972/342-1639 cell
[email protected]

Toronto: I know Toronto is a bit far away - but I can offer a guest bedroom and a job to anyone who needs it from the ISES or Event industry communities. Just hoping to help ... a little.
Dana Zita, CSEP
aNd Logistix Inc.
416.593.7744 x 222
visit us @
416/936.9883 cell
416/936 9883 direcot

Houston: In addition to our thoughts and prayers, Staging Solutions has office space available for any ISES member or special event industry professional stranded in Houston. We have work stations with computers, phones, office equipment and administrative staff - ready, willing and able. Please contact Jim Denton on our main line 713/721-9829 X10 or feel free to call David Williams on cell 281/924-7755.

Dallas (Carrollton): My name is Kari Skinner and I would like to offer temporary housing assistance to anyone I can who has been affected by the hurricane. I live in Carrollton, Texas (Dallas area) in with my boyfriend and I have 2 bedrooms available (only one bed). I have 3 cats and a dog, so we would prefer no more additional animals. Please let me know if there is any other information you need from me or if there are other ways I can assist in this time of need. Thank you for the opportunity.
Kari A. Skinner
Senior Manager
972/416-2800 Office
972/416-9362 Office Fax
972/877-9980 Direct

Dallas (Grapevine): We operate our photography business out of our two bedroom/2 bath house in Grapevine (suburb of Dallas, just off DFW Airport and two miles from the Gaylord Texan). We don't have a lot of room but could offer a double bed and a clean bathroom to a single professional or couple in the industry who needs help. We are non-smokers and have no children or pets but the business takes up a chunk of the living space so when clients are here for consultations, presentations or photo sessions, there is even less room. This room is normally a storage area but we can quickly make it a home away from home for someone in need. Let us know if we can be of assistance.
Kim Cooley
Carpe Vita Photography

North Carolina: Can put a 2-4 event people up in the mountains of western North Carolina.
Tim Lundy

Los Angeles: We can house one or two people in the Los Angeles area and offer some work. Please contact me at the number listed below.
Deborah Price
[email protected]
Corporate Gifts.Promotional Items
11351 Gladwin Street
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Wisconsin: Temporary housing available.
Todd M. Hanson
Catalyst Performance Group, Inc.
100 West Lawrence
Appleton, WI 54911
920/882-5000 phone
920/882-5004 fax
[email protected]

Kimberly Honeycutt
[email protected]


Tent Company/Mulitple Positions Available We have multiple openings for:
1. Tent Installers and experienced Foremen

  • Steady local work
  • Periodic travel opportunities
  • Tents and structures to 100 x
2. TRAINEES if you know someone with the right attitude and aptitude we can provide
  • Training
  • Year round employment
  • Hard work
  • Varied work environment
  • Opportunities for advancement
3. Warehousemen and Loaders
4. Other Openings:
  • Lighting Foreman
  • Operations Manager
  • Dispatcher
  • Inventory Control
  • Maintenance Supervisor
Great Compensation Package:
  • High pay
  • Medical Insurance
  • Vacation
For the Foreman positions, if you know someone who has worked as a Rigger, is just out of technical college or the Armed Forces we would love to talk to them!
Since we are searching nationwide, we are willing to cover some moving expenses.
The training will include all job-specific skills. For those interested in more we also provide Leadership Skills, Time Management, Trainer Training, Business Basics and Event Production. Many of the people that started with me in operations and field work currently hold executive management and high-paying outside sales positions. This is a wonderful opportunity!
Tom Gifford
phone: 707/933-0909
E-mail [email protected]

Meetings Manager ASCD is a progressive global education association and we are looking for an experienced Meetings Manager to direct meeting operations for the entire organization. Along with a team of two, the Meetings Manager is responsible for the following:

  • The bid process and all logistics associated with meetings, including site selection, space, food and beverage, transportation, audio/visual needs, special equipment - any logistics demanded by the specific meeting.
  • All contracting for meeting services, including hotels, conference sites, transportation, audio/visual equipment, and temporary services.
  • Managing the daily activities of the unit including distribution and evaluation of work, use of processes, and applications of appropriate technology.
  • Contracts and operations activities with our travel agency. Managing the bid process, record keeping, and annual reporting of usage and other appropriate statistics.
  • Long-term planning for vendor contracts.
  • Establishing policies, procedures, and standards for working with staff and vendors in preparation for and execution of all organization meetings.
  • Providing budget information for year-end reports and uses budget information to identify trends and proposing changes to mitigate meeting costs.
  • Monitoring trends in meeting management, analyzing information, and making recommendations to appropriate staff.
  • Working with appropriate staff to ensure that up-to-date technology is used in the execution of meetings responsibilities.
The successful candidate must be well versed in meeting logistics and have knowledge of the hotel and travel industry. Knowledge of contract law is desirable. Requires high-level managerial, interpersonal, and communication skills including negotiating, writing, training, problem solving, and conflict resolution. Requires exceptional organizational and time management skills along with the ability to manage multiple tasks in a pressured environment. Requires flexibility, judgment, and the ability to prioritize.
Ideal candidate should have 6-10 years experience in meetings management including experience in a supervisory capacity. Candidate must have experience managing over 100 meetings per year and an annual conference of over 10,000 people. CMP designation is preferred.
Please visit our website at for information on our generous benefits. Send a cover letter with resume and salary expectation to: ASCD, 1703 N. Beauregard St. Alexandria, VA 22311; email: [email protected]; Fax: 703-575-5402. M/F/V/D. EOE.

Catering: Kitchen Staff, Sales, Etc. Our hearts go out to those in our industry who have lost so much. We are an off-premise catering company in Salt Lake City. We can provide a few jobs from kitchen staff, delivery staff to sales staff for the next 4-5 months. We have housing with some of our staff and transportation available. Familes are welcome. Please contact
[email protected]
Maxine Turner
Cuisine Unlimited Catering Service
4641 South Cherry Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84123
801-268-2332 - office
801-268-2992 - fax
[email protected]

Lighting Company: Carpentry, Warehouse, Production I am Thomas L. Phelps with Frost Lighting, New York. We have full time and part time positions open at this time. We have an immediate opening for a Special Projects person to build special event items. The person needs skills in carpentry, electrical and some light welding would be helpful. We need a person that gets along well with others and can be a leader when needed.
We also have positions open in our warehouse to pulling lighting, staging, special effects, truss, etc. and loading it on trucks for shows. We also have production positions in the field.
Contact Thomas L. Phelps or Andrew Beard at 718-457-4506 or email a cover letter and resume with references to [email protected] or [email protected]

Warehouse Manager, Tent Crew We're in Atlanta and would like to hire a warehouse manager for our 10,000 square foot warehouse. We also have availability for tent installers and crew leaders.
Ria Bruns
Classic Tents & Events
...because there is no second chance for your event!
770/449.1010 x100

Expositions General Manager, Location: West Coast Description: Full service contractor/exhibit facility in North America for expositions, conventions, corporate and special events is seeking a General Manager to oversee all operations and sales of a branch office. This individual will oversee an office of 40 individuals and will be responsible for managing all operations of an offsite warehouse, exhibit event activities, transportation, and audiovisual. Will build, maintain grow relationships with the local corporate customer base and facilities. Key priorities will be to establish credibility with staff and client's and manage solutions. Will interact with other branch network to execute against customer's requirements. Responsible for preparation of annual branch budget and capital expenditure list, as well as, review and evaluation of P & L, weekly payroll reports, receivable aging, job costs, insurance and claim reports.
Reference: 771
E-mail resume to: Charisse Rawn, Executive Recruiter at [email protected] or phone 715-262-8332

National Sales Manager Description: Started in 1927, this company has grown to 28 offices currently in North America. This world-class leader and provider of contract services for the production of expositions, conventions, corporate events and exhibits is seeking four National Sales Managers to be based in; Southern California, Northeast (pharmaceutical/corporate presence), Las Vegas, Dallas, Atlanta, or Minneapolis.
The National Sales Manager will serve as a link to develop new targeted corporate accounts and increase revenue from existing accounts. This position requires a strong ability to penetrate multiple levels of an organization. Will need to effectively communicate their robust product and service offering advantages. Experience with negotiating new contracts and managing established contact terms. Frequent travel is needed. This individual must have a proven track record to build unshakeable relationships, be a self-starter, and posses the ability to think quickly on their feet. Bachelor's degree or a minimum of 10 + years of related experience is required for this position.
Reference: 702
Contact: Charisse Rawn, Executive Recruiter at [email protected] or phone 715-262-8332

Director of Sales Location: Las Vegas, NV. Description: Started in 1927, this company has grown to 28 offices currently in North America. This world class leader and provider of contract services for the production of expositions, conventions, corporate events and exhibits is seeking a Director of Sales to be based in Las Vegas, NV. The Director of Sales will serve as a link to develop new targeted corporate accounts and increase revenue from existing accounts. This position requires a strong ability to penetrate multiple levels of an organization. Will need to effectively communicate their robust product and service offering advantages. Experience with negotiating new contracts and managing established contact terms. This individual must have a proven track record to build unshakeable relationships, be a self-starter, and posses the ability to think quickly on their feet. Bachelor's degree or a minimum of 10 + years of related experience is required for this position.
Reference: 781
Contact: Charisse Rawn, Executive Recruiter at [email protected] or phone 715-262-8332
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Resort Staffers/Various The Club Pelican Bay is a prestigious year round private golf and dining club located on the beautiful Gulf Coast in Naples, Florida. Nature has gifted us with a rare lifestyle locale, adjacent to a particularly private portion of the Southwest Florida coastline. Members and guests a like enjoy the spectacular surroundings along with an exceptional 27-hole golf course and casual, intimate dining venues.
Seasonal Employment available - October 2005 to May 2006*
*Eight, seven, six, five, four, three or two months
We are hiring:
Line Cooks
Club Service Staff
Golf Course Rangers
Golf Course Maintenance - Equipment Operators
* Excellent Pay
* Excellent Gratuities
* Traveling Bonus
* Free Shift Meals
* Friendly Co-workers
* Wonderful Members
* Great Environment
We will assist you in finding reasonably priced housing. (Based on 3 - 4 persons per unit).
For Food & Beverage Positions
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (239) 597-1183
FAX: (239) 597-7091
For Golf Ranger Positions
Phone: (239) 597-2105
For Golf Course Equipment Operator Positions
Phone: (239) 597-2244
We would be honored if we could help some of our friends from New Orleans with jobs.
Heidi Clay
Private Party Coordinator
The Club Pelican Bay

Business Development Manager, Corporate Events Division Job Description: This position is responsible for establishing new business relationships with corporate meeting planners / decision makers for the Get It Planet purchasing and procurement solution. Accurately communicates our technology and vendor management systems and how Get It Planet can help simplify the life of a corporate meeting planner. Attend networking events in order to establish future clients. Communicating with prospective clients: faxing, emailing information to prospective clients and following up with them to establish new business. Works with existing clientele and staff to up-sell and maintain accounts. This position also requires travel to industry related conferences. Job Type: Full Time. Qualifications: Bachelor degree in business or hospitality industry, or equivalent experience. Experience in event production or corporate meeting planning, corporate background in marketing or event planning is a big plus. Skills:
* People person - must enjoy working with people, and meeting new people.
* Self-starter
* Must enjoy making phone calls to people you don't know and be able to establish a long-term relationships.
* Ability to navigate corporate structures and identify decision makers.
* Must be a proven closer who is not afraid to ask for the business.
* Must be comfortable with using new technology, and knowledge of Microsoft office programs, the Internet, and advanced email user a must.
* Excellent follow-up skills.
* Organized
* Must be able to reach new business development milestones.

Corporate Event Specialist Job Description: This position is responsible for researching vendors, and obtaining proposals for services needed for client events. Presents proposals to client, negotiates with vendors to obtain best deal for client. Job Type: Full Time Qualifications: Bachelor degree or equivalent. 2 - 5 years experience in the hospitality industry, corporate event and meeting planning, or independent event planning industry. Skills:
* Must be highly organized, and able to handle several hundred emails per day.
* Must enjoy working on the phone and making many phone calls per day.
* Able to work with vendors in a professional manner.
* Follow-up skills are essential.
* Ability to identify up-sell opportunities and pass them on to the right person.
* Detail-oriented.
* Advanced user of MS Office products, Internet research, and email programs.
* Exceptional typing skills
* Negotiating skills
David T. Martin
Get It Planet, Inc.
12301 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 202
Los Angeles, Ca 90025
866-438-4800 ext. 88
[email protected]

Floral Business, Clinton Township, Mich. I have a small event floral business, and can use someone part-time and also help them find freelance work up here, and have room in our house for a small family to stay, we are within walking distance of the local elementary school, have an extra bedroom, and partially finished basement to house someone who needs help. We can also go down and pick them up if they need transportation up here to Michigan.
Susan Hass
Manhattan Collection
[email protected]

Media Technician I am in charge of a conference center and I also have a job for a media technician that is available at this time; ready for resume immediately. My work phone number is 919/549-8804, Cell 919/451-9426, Beeper 919/487-1277.
Look Forward to helping,
Flora Jane Moorman, CMP, CSEP
Director, Charles Hamner Conference Center at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center

Florida: Sales, Event Managers, Producers, Meeting Planners and others experienced in the Event, Production and DMC industry: ME Productions would look forward to discussing opportunities with anyone looking to relocate to one of our Florida offices. We would help with relocation, housing and getting you started. We have the following in-house departments: music/entertainment, production (themes and décor), floral, business theatre, and DMC. Please feel free to send a resume or call:
Jim Etkin
ME Productions
[email protected]
954/458-4000 x124
954/458-4003 fax

Meeting Manager/Event Planner White Plains, New York-based Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Travel & Meeting Services. Willing to hire a Meeting Manager/Event Planner through December to assist with planning internal conferences and onsite at Team In Training Events. Will work with you on finding housing if needed. Please contact Stephanie Paul.
Stephanie Paul, CMP
Regional Director
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
1311 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, NY 10605
914/821-8887 fax
[email protected]

Account Executive: Award winning Merestone is looking for an Account Executive with at least five years experience in the industry. Our Departments include: Audio Visual, Production, Creative Services, Scenic, Videography and Digital Editing, Destination and Meeting Services. Please check our web site for more information. Don't hesitate to call Camille Hill.
Camille Luce Hill
A Meeting and Event Support Services Group
7232 E. First Street
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
480/945-4631 V
480/945-0590 F

Driver, Setup, Web Geek: We would be please to bring in a driver / set up person and a web geek.
Gala Entry Writer Also need writer with experience to handle our Gala Entries.
David Peters
Event Mall
11100 Astronaut Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32837
[email protected]
407/856-3866 phone
407/438-4197 fax

Logistics, Coordinators, Etc.: Greetings from ESPN Great Outdoor Games. In an effort to help any event professionals in the aftermath of this hurricane, I would like to extend the opportunity for positions for the 2006 Games. We will have positions beginning in March and the following months to include Logistics coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator as well as their assistants. We will also have positions in work crew positions in Operations and Logistics when the event grows closer which looks like it will be in mid-may in the Orlando area. Please email or call me with any questions.
Richard C. Krupa
Operations Manager
ESPN Great Outdoor Games
200 Celebration Place, Suite 900
Celebration, FL 34747
407/566-2327 direct
407/566-2299 fax
407/557-0127 cell
[email protected]

Head Lighting Director: Fastlane Productions of Denver, Colo., is looking for a Head Lighting Director/ME for Special events, Concerts, Business Meetings and Decoration lighting. This is a full time position at a great company with great benefits. Please e-mail resumes to [email protected] or call anytime at 303/778 0045. Fastlane will help relocate and provide a wonderful staff to get adjusted.
Doug Lane
President & Founder
Fastlane Productions, Inc.
303/778-0045 office

Event, Décor Indigo Zebra Designs, Inc., Tampa, Fla., specializing in custom design event decor and production services. I am an independent business owner here in Tampa and am currently the President of the Tampa Bay ISES Chapter in Formation. I have been in contact with Terry Shields, the ISES Southeast Regional RVP to let him know that I would like to offer to assist the event professionals in New Orleans by offering to either have them work with me on my events or to provide them with whatever decor products that I have for them them to keep their own events scheduled, free of charge along with my time and talents. The only costs involved would be for any items that I don't currently have in my inventory and even then we can probably get a reduced rate.
Kathy Jewel, CSEP
[email protected]
Indigo Zebra Designs, Inc. & Event Resources
500 Hadley Drive
Palm Harbor, Florida 34683

Catering, Events I also have work for them if they are catering/event inclined; North Carolina based.
Tim Lundy

Promotions: We can offer some work in Los Angeles area. Please contact me at the number listed below.
Deborah Price
Corporate GIfts.Promotional Items
11351 Gladwin Street
Los Angeles, CA 90049
[email protected]

Sales Manager: I have a position open for a Sales Manager proficient in proposal writing, creative design and customer service; Tampa, Fla. area.
Stefanie Berry
SHOWORKS, Inc. 200 Scarlet Blvd.
Oldsmar, FL 34677
[email protected]

Events I know Toronto is a bit far away - but I can offer a job to anyone who needs it from the ISES or Event industry communities. Just hoping to help ......a little.
Dana Zita, CSEP
aNd Logistix Inc.
416/593-7744, x 222
416/936-9883 cell
416/936-9883 direct

Incentives, Meeting Planning Part time and possibly full-time incentive and meeting planning position for an up and coming people performance management company in Northeastern Wisconsin. Temporary housing also available.
Todd M. Hanson
Catalyst Performance Group, Inc.
100 West Lawrence
Appleton, WI 54911
920/882-5000 phone
920/882-5004 fax
[email protected]


Balloon Art/Décor I own an up and coming Balloon Art & Decor Business in the South Denver Metro Area in Colorado. I am seeking a partner/investor to help us grow. If you plan on relocating in this area, please e-mail me. I would love to speak to you.
Arlene J. Carmody, CBA
Balloonz To You
Professional Balloon Art & Decor
[email protected]


Watercraft Available Yamaha is doing everything we can to get personal watercraft to areas where people need to be rescued. If you have any contacts with local law enforcement agencies that you can forward me, please send to Mike VanWagenen ( [email protected]) who will forward it to the local person who is spearheading this.


If anyone has heard from Jim Perrier at Perrier Party Linens or Ronee Holmes at PartiLine/Flutter Fetti, please let us know. Thanks,
Diane McGee
Eastern Sales Manager
Special Events Magazine
17383 Sunset Blvd., Suite A220
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Direct: 310/230-7178
Main: 800/543-4116 ext. 37178
Fax: 310/230-7168
[email protected]

Aphra, Ultimate Textiles Does anyone have info on Aphra who works for Ultimate Textiles who lives in New Orleans?
Angela Klodnick
L'Nique Linen Rental
[email protected]

Timothy Howard, Thanh Bui Hi, I worked a few events with two gentlemen with companies that worked together. The catering aspect was called Hot on the Spot - owner, Timothy Howard. The second was a fine dining restuarant called Lemon Grass and I believe the gentleman's name was Thanh Bui. If you have any information, would you please tell them that Joy Kennelly from Los Angeles who worked with them on the Acura 10 city tour is inquiring and would love to hear from them via email [email protected], or via phone 310 714-2077. Thank you very much.
Joy Kennelly
[email protected]
310 714-2077

Looking for the Buckley Family Picayune Mississippi I am looking for my family who live in the Picauyne area. Any information would be greatly appreciated--Romelle Buckley, David Buckley, Romelle Buckley Jr. Thank you.
Bob Buckley
Director, Travel Services
JNR Incorporated
(949) 476-2788
[email protected]

Want to let Carling Dinkler know .. Accenting Chicago Events & Tours wants to let Carling Dinkler, III, of Custom Conventions of New Orleans know that we are thinking of him and if there is anything we can do, please let us know.
Jacquie Brave, Glenda Jindrich and Judy Birk
Accenting Chicago Events & Tours, Inc.
333 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 425
Chicago, IL 60601
312/819-5366 fax
[email protected]

Janice Guido in MSY! If you have any news of this crazy, terrific lady from the Windsor Court Hotel, please put my mind at ease! Many thanks!
Angela Hingston-Oliver
Director, Member Services
8150 Leesburg Pike, Suite 1210
Vienna, Va. 22182
703/448-9002 fax

Jim Perrier with Perrier Party Linens I know that there are probably a million inquiries out there, but we of the Hampton Roads Chapter have been unable to check on Jim with Perrier Party Linens and just want to know he and his staff and family are safe - and also what we can do to help him, and other ISES members in the area. Anything you can do is greatly appreciated.
Patty Ritzi
Premier Events, Inc.
515 Central Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
757/340-7215 fax
[email protected]


Steve Hamel I received an email from Stephen Hamel at Fancy Faces. Except for having to work from a generator they are all doing fine. His thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in New Orleans.
Diane McGee
Eastern Sales Manager
Special Events Magazine
17383 Sunset Blvd., Suite A220
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Direct: 310/230-7178
Main: 800/543-4116 ext. 37178
Fax: 310/230-7168
[email protected]

Deanna Bernard I'm a New Orleans chapter ISES member. And this is my story!
I just got back from Eventworld in Hollywood where I sat for my CSEP Aug 10. Don't know if I passed yet. But I think I did.
I had renovations going on in my house. I just fully rebuilt my kitchen and because of going to Event World I postponed the renovations. I got back and began renovations again. Friday before the storm, my countertops, and new flooring went in. Two days before that the cabinets and brand new appliances were installed. The only thing left to do were a few minor things then I could begin using the kitchen. Keep in mind, I had no kitchen for two weeks prior to the storm.
Saturday after watching the weather broadcast. My son, my granddaughter, my dog and me left by 2pm. I packed the bare necessities and headed east to Jacksonville, Fl. I did that thinking I would be back in 3 days tops. By the fourth day, I wasn't sure what I was going to do or where I would go. I was dumbfounded, disoriented, upset, trying to be strong for my family. I had to think. Then I remembered that my first cousin lived outside of Tampa in Tarpon Springs, Florida. I called him and told him my situation and he said, "get down here, you are only 4 or 5 hours away from me". And off I went. He and his wife opened their home to us. In fact they just happened to have a vacant rental house across the street from them and they just gave it to me. They gave me internet access, long distance, the works. Amazing people. I've been here since Wednesday afternoon.
I've been in T-shirt and jeans with few changes of clothes, shoes and I'm sleeping on an air matress. But, I have a roof over my head, a few bucks to live off of and I'm grateful that me and my entire family are alive. We all have business's that thrive on the city. We all will lose a lot but we are the lucky ones.
My granddaughter's mother wasn't so lucky. We couldn't get to each other as I had the baby for an over night visit when the evacuations were called. I had to leave with the baby and leave her mother behind. Her mother didn't want to leave. Fortunately, she did survive the storm, but now she is a refugee of the Superdome and now the Astro Dome. I'm trying to get her back to us in Tampa but we can't communicate with her. The baby (16 mths old) is ok but she's missing her mommy. We only just heard from her today that she was even rescued. I found out yesterday for the first time that my home survived. Now I worry about the looting. But, I'm the lucky one. Everyone in my family is safe.
I grieve for the people and their families who weren't so fortunate. I grieve for my beautiful little city that I love so much. I grieve because I can't get home. I grieve because I worry that I may not be able to work for a very long time in the place I know and love but I'm the lucky one.
Deanna Bernard
New Orleans Music Events
My new phone # 727-487-3632

Kara C. Pigeon Dear ISES Family: My family & I are all safe in Alexandria, LA, which is in Central Louisiana at my brother's house.
We got out before the storm on Sunday morning. I have tried several times to get in touch with my Chapter members, but all the cell circuit lines are busy.
New Orleans, the city that I love, the city where I have built my dreams and shared them with millions over the last 9 years, is in a state of disaster and panic. I know that many people are very worried about New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. As a member of ISES, the thing we need the most from you right now is your deep prayer.
I am awfully moved by the outpour of concern and willingness to help from the ISES, Special Events Magazine & Event Solutions Families.
As I read the posting on this page I began to cry from the reality of it all.
Thank you from my very sad heart for all of your thoughts, prayers & help. We know through prayer and hard work that our beloved city will rise again.
I will be in touch, if you need to reach me, e-mail is working fine:
[email protected].
Kara C. Pigeon
President ISES New Orleans

Kellie Mathas This is Kellie Mathas ... We escaped Memorial Hospital on Monday as the floodwaters were rising - just in time. My mother and father made it out yesterday and have come to find us here in Baton Rouge. We made it to Baton Rouge and are staying with co-workers parents Patty and Steven Collins who have been just one of several angels we have found.
I will give birth to our first boy who seems to be fine doctors say on Monday - Labor Day. I am terrified but relieved to be alive.
I am begging for this e-mail to go out and ask for the support of ISES and the entire event community. I have gotten a call from Mark Tracy with Express Productions who is still stuck there in what is hell on earth. His parents were only allowed to stay at the Hilton Hotel because they are special needs. Everyone else was kicked out. Mark like so many of us has lost everything - there are countless of us who will need jobs to live.
PLEASE PLEASE start asking your friends to post jobs or if they are willing to take in families that cannot afford to rent a hotel - please start some sort of action.
PLEASE give money to any relief funds for our city. I do not know if people realize the shock and horror of what we have had to go through.
My cell sometimes works - 504.915.3267.
One day we will be able to re-pay any efforts and support you can give us.
From, someone who was saved by many angels,
Kellie Mathas

David Spear The outpouring of concern to check on my family's safety has me in awe of all of you. We evacuated east to Destin, Florida on Sunday with Suzanne's family including her parents and brother, spending over nine hours on a congested and hot I-10. Everyone is safe but anxious. It doesn't appear, from the sketchy reports that we've heard, that our home was flooded but the neighborhood was full of towering pine trees and most of them have fallen because of the hurricane winds. Brandon's pride and joy pick up truck was in the driveway and he is worried about its condition.
My parents and four sisters in New Orleans and my brother in Slidell all have reports of five to nine feet of water in their homes. I thank God for their safety but my heart is broken for their loss and the months of uncertainty in front of them. My dad is not dealing well with flooding up into the attic of a home where he raised eight children and has walls full of photographs of children and grandchildren and pets and holidays. I know he is probably even more distraught that his beloved hometown of New Orleans is crushed. He is a real old time New Orleanian and loves this old city...her history, her charm, her good food, her architecture, her ugly warts and all.
I would like to spearhead some type of relief effort for the severely impacted workers in the hospitality/events/meetings industries. Obviously the future is grim for housekeepers, banquet servers, decorators, even special event planners! And thousands of others. It is way too early to know how we'll set this up but this catastrophe cannot be allowed to destroy the lives and futures of so many people in our industry. I'll certainly speak with ISES folks to see what part they can play. So many have offered help to me that I was moved to tears. But God has provided well for me and I'd like that assistance for those in dire need of hope and help.
As soon as some plan is developed I will notify you. Although I cannot contact any of my fellow New Orleanians Kara Pigeon, Blaine Kern, Jr. and many others, I know they'll wholeheartedly help me reach those in need in our industry.
Don't turn down any donations in the meantime...I'll find the right vehicle and method to reach these folks in due time. Obviously, the Red Cross and Salvation Army could use all the financial support they can get right now so be generous if your heart tells you so.
It may be weeks before I can return home and longer before the city cranks up again. Your continued prayers for strength and determination are greatly valued. Our heart is broken but our spirit of resolve is strong.
P.S. Those of you who know me well know how much I disdain blast emails and the evil "Reply to All" tab. So please don't burden everyone with dozens of e-mail responses unless they are really, really necessary and intelligent and brilliant. I totally love you guys!
David L. Spear CSEP
Classic Effects
New Orleans, Louisiana USA
[email protected]
985.845.7350 / fax: 985.845.7950


From Michael Cerbelli/SEARCH Dear Community:
I realize the e-mails have been flying across the internet these past few days, but BRAVO to everyone that has responded. There are people that need our help and resources. I'm sorry if anyone's e-mail box is full but that's the least of our worries with all that is happening in the world right now.
I am attaching the link for you to PLEASE go to and post whatever you can offer or just want to say to the world. Please let anyone know and forward the link onto as many people as you can. WE NEED TO SPREAD THE WORD AND RESOURCES. WE ALL NEED TO HELP. If you have posted on another site or have contacted me with offers please post them here as well. We need to get the message to everyone through as many means as possible. or directly at
Remember ISES, MPI, NACE and other affiliations. Please post in as many places as possible:
To donate funds right away please go to:
God bless and thank you all for helping. Please contact me if you need assistance in anyway to get supplies or people to a particular area or person.
My prayers go out to all our brothers and sisters,
PS: A very special thank you to Carol McKibben who brought us Odysseus from Canyon IS that made sure that we had this link up before the weekend. Odysseus gave us his services at no charge and was willing to do whatever he could for us. Thank you Carol and thank you Odysseus. Odysseus can be contacted at [email protected]

From Michael Cerbelli, new head of SEARCH
Good Morning: As some of you may know I have taken over the role of Chairman for the SEARCH Foundation. SEARCH stands for Special Event Assistance and Resources with a Caring Heart. Right now as we go into the final stages of our charter and plan to work very hard to finalize our criteria, SEARCH, right now, can be a place where event professionals can reach out to find in-kind services in times of catastrophic events.
Some of you have received a letter updating us about what is happening with Past-International President David Spears and his family. He has mentioned names such as Kellie Mathas who is over nine months pregnant, Kara Pigeon, Blaine Kern, Jr. and the countless others that can go on and on. I have been glued to the television every chance I get and am brought to tears just thinking about what is happening to all those who have lost everything from a home to a loved one. I have experienced this in my own backyard in 2001 and when you see the faces of those looking for a mother or father, sister or brother, aunt or uncle...or childhood friend, your heart bleeds. It is in front of us, yet so unimaginable.
I know that we as a community want to help as much as we can, and sitting in this position for less than a week I have found that the job will be a challenge as well as rewarding. I know it will be rewarding because I have been inundated with e-mails from some wonderful people. Those of you who know what it takes to run a foundation know that it's not that easy to say "here's a check and God Bless". There are rules and many laws that must be followed to be able to give away monetary relief and unfortunately we are not at that point yet as a foundation. With that said in-kind services is something that we can help with if we all come together. I have been contacted by the supporters of SEARCH and they have and are coming together to help our colleagues and friends. There are some wonderful offers on the table from some incredible industry leaders.
I am working today to find someone to help me with transforming the SEARCH website into a posting area where our community or others outside of it can post services that they would like to donate to those that are in need. I know we are talking about hundreds of thousands of people and I realize that there are so few of us compared to so many of them, but with a caring heart maybe we can help to make a difference in someone's life.
I have been offered such wonderful things (I will keep names of the donors confidential at this time) such as, an event professional that would offer to fly someone to LA, house them and put them to work for a couple of weeks, fly someone to the devastated area if they need help with their business that is semi-up but have lost staff, a home in Upstate, NY can be made available to an ISES member and family, up to 5 people, for approximately a 2 week period, caterers from across the country donating kitchen equipment, and heading up a team that would work on Habitat for Humanity houses as soon as they are ready to rebuild. These are amazing offers and I know this can be the being of a domino effect.
SEARCH does have a web-site but it is in limbo at this time. If you are a person that knows someone that can help take the site over and donate a person that can get up a posting area on the site and help maintain what is needed to connect people that would be great. In the meantime use me as the posting area and then once up we can contact you and let you know what we need you to do.
Again, SEARCH is for all of us and one day I hope that this organization will be a place where our brothers and sisters can go in times of need. This can be a great start and resource for those that may need our community right now.
I personally thank those who have contacted me and have offered whatever they can. Also remember as David Spears had mentioned "Don't turn down any donations in the meantime David will find the right vehicle and method to reach these folks in due time. Obviously the Red Cross and Salvation Army could use all the financial support they can get right now so be generous if your heart tells you so."
God bless all of them and thank you for your support
All my best
Michael Cerbelli
Creative Director
Total Entertainment
77-99 West Sheffield Avenue, Englewood, NJ 07631
Chairman 2005 - 2008 SEARCH Foundation
NY Metro ISES Board of Director
MPI Member
[email protected]
201-894-0055 x36
201-894-8866 fax
201-206-6176 cell


Hotel Association partners with relief agencies In the wake of the tragic impact of Hurricane Katrina, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and its partner state associations are teaming up with various government agencies, travel and tourism organizations, and AH&LA allied members to offer assistance to the hundreds-of-thousands of individuals displaced from their homes and disaster relief workers beginning to converge in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the surrounding states.
More than 60,000 evacuees are currently in hotels in 42 states. AH&LA is working in close cooperation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate 6-month renewable contracts with hotels nationwide for approximately 250,000 guestrooms. Also, AH&LA is coordinating contracts for the American Red Cross and community-based organizations to provide housing for hurricane evacuees and emergency relief workers in different areas. In addition, AH&LA is serving as a conduit for industry vendors willing to contract with DHS.
Three AH&LA allied members are offering their services to affected member properties:

  • Ernst & Young is assisting member hotels by providing a complimentary overview of the property insurance claims process, including answers to frequently asked questions.
  • Location Management Services, LLC, which has offices throughout the country, is helping properties take advantage of state, local, and federal credit and incentive programs that can be applicable to the hospitality industry. These include federal programs such as the Empowerment Zone tax credits, Federal Renewal Zones, New Market Tax Credits toward new construction, state investment, and job creation programs, as well as other specialized programs designed to encourage rebuilding after a natural disaster.
  • PKF Hospitality Research is offering assistance with business interruption insurance to assist hoteliers in securing important data and documents that will help recover lost business income from their insurance company.
AH&LA has created a message board on to connect displaced hospitality employees with employment and housing opportunities. The board serves as a clearinghouse for questions, ideas, and resources to assist affected employees. A link connects users to AH&LA's Career Center, which lists more than 3,000 hospitality job openings throughout the U.S. The site also links to, coordinated by the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA), the Travel & Tourism Coalition, and the Travel Business Roundtable, to help displaced workers find employment.
To assist schools that have generously offered to accept hospitality students from schools affected by Hurricane Katrina, the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (EI) will provide those students with EI textbooks and courses required by the hosting schools. Instructors needing textbooks for displaced students should call EI at (800) 344-4381 to request the necessary materials.
EI is offering 30-plus percent savings through the end of the year on select risk management video/DVD titles, with all proceeds supporting relief efforts. Titles include Crisis Communications, Planning for Emergencies, Fire Safety: Prevention and Response, Spotlight On Security, and 10-Minute Trainer: Security. Products can be purchased via the EI Website,, or by calling (800) 752-4567 or (517) 372-8800.
AH&LA is channeling information to hoteliers regarding various government services:
  • The Internal Revenue Service has announced special tax relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Please visit for more information.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in cooperation with FEMA, is offering low-interest disaster assistance loans to hurricane victims. Loans are available in amounts up to $1.5 million to repair damage to business operations, up to $200,000 to repair disaster damaged primary residences, and up to $40,000 to replace personal property. Residents and business owners in the affected areas can begin the disaster application process by registering online with FEMA at or by calling (800) 621-FEMA or (800) 462-7585 (TTY). For more information, contact Kevin Maher at [email protected] or (202) 289-3147.
  • DHS today announced that it will relax I-9 documentation rules for employers hiring victims of Hurricane Katrina. Individuals normally must present certain personal documents to employers within three days of being hired. However, DHS has announced that for the next 45 days it will not sanction employers who hire individuals evacuated or displaced as a result of the hurricane who are otherwise eligible for employment but currently lack personal documents. More information is available online at
To view the latest on the hospitality industry's hurricane relief efforts, visit Hoteliers can obtain legal information and additional resources via the members-only section of the AH&LA Website.

From Christy Hill: Many people have been asking me where they can volunteer their time to help the refugees here in Dallas. Please see below for information on where to help this weekend. It is going to be a little chaotic, but I know that is when we work the best. If you can help anytime this weekend they would appreciate it.
Also many people have offered up their homes for people in our industry to stay. NACE (National Association of Catering Executives) has come up with a great bulletin board for posting your home or for people needing a place to stay.
I have heard that the Westin Park Central has around 500 of their Starwood employees staying at the hotel that worked in their New Orleans location. If you have a contact their please call them and see how you can help.
Many donations are pouring in now and the blood banks and charities are concerned that they will have a shortage in about a month. There is an industry event being planned for October to help. This will allow time to figure out what is needed (blood, clothing, etc..). So watch for details on that and in the meantime please try to give some of your time to the Red Cross at the Convention Center.
Christy Hill
972) 839-4054 cell
([email protected] over the weekend)
ISES (International Special Events Society) Dallas Chapter

From the Commander's Palace Restaurants
The Brennan family aids its peers during this time of need
The cooks, servers and restaurant workers of New Orleans have provided fabulous times and memories for millions. In their time of need after Hurricane Katrina, the Brennan family - of the Commander's Palace Family of Restaurants based in New Orleans - is spearheading a relief fund to benefit professionals in the hospitality industry who will be without jobs as the city is rebuilt. The New Orleans Hospitality Workers Disaster Relief Fund will be managed by the Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF), a 501c3 organization.
How Restaurateurs and the General Public Can Help:
The Brennan family has set up an organized fund - the New Orleans Hospitality Workers Disaster Relief Fund - to which restaurants, or the public at large, can send donations. The fund will benefit hospitality employees who are without work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Restaurants or individuals can make checks out to the New Orleans Hospitality Workers Disaster Relief Fund and send to:
New Orleans Hospitality Workers Disaster Relief Fund
C/O Brennan's of Houston
3300 Smith Street
Houston, TX 77006
Visit the Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF), the 501c3 organization managing the fund, at , and make donations online.
Given that there are no administrative fees associated with this fund, more than 97% of the proceeds will go to those in need. Money will be distributed by the fund to New Orleans Hospitality workers after making application. For now, hospitality workers may contact to apply. Additional application locations will be available shortly.
The Brennans are encouraging fellow restaurant owners to help. A great way for restaurants to raise money quickly and easily can be to include an opportunity at the bottom of guest checks, entitled "NO Hospitality Workers Relief", for customers to add a donation to their bill. The restaurants can easily distinguish and forward donations from there. The Brennans have also designed a poster that participating restaurants can display. The poster will be emailed and can easily be printed at a shop such as Kinko's.
Brennan's of Houston will host an open house at the restaurant (3300 Smith Street, Houston, TX) on Friday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A kind donation of $40 per person is requested. Friends, family and loved ones are invited to stop by for hors d'oeuvres and a glass of wine in support of the professionals in the hospitality industry who will be without jobs as New Orleans is rebuilt. All proceeds will benefit the New Orleans Hospitality Workers Disaster Relief Fund.
The Brennans are also encouraging a friendship bracelet initiative. They are asking volunteers, church youth groups, and the public at large to take part in making (and selling for proceeds to any charity) purple, green and gold friendship bracelets. Made from string, beads, or any other material, the Brennans feel that a nationwide campaign in these colors will provide a recognizable symbol of strength and way of warming the hearts of New Orleanians and others on the Gulf Coast.
Co-Owner Alex Brennan-Martin is acting as the family spokesman at this time.
For more information and updates, visit , and

From David Farr Well you undoubtedly know about the devastation that Katrina has caused our fellow Americans. If you or your family has been directly impacted by this disaster, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Because of the desperate need for food and medical supplies, I've decided to donate 10% of all performances booked during the month of September to the Red Cross disaster relief fund. Your event can be anytime as long as it booked during September (hey don't forget, the holidays are right around the corner...)
Even if you can't hire me now, you can still donate directly to the Red Cross by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW. Stay tuned to see how much money we raise together.
David Farr
Corporate Magician/Entertainer
'Making Events Amazingly Successful, Entertaining, and Fun Since 1987'

From the Convention Industry Council
The Convention Industry Council (CIC) with is working with its 30 member organizations to assist the destinations affected by Hurricane Katrina and their meeting, convention, and exhibition customers.
In the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, the long-term impacts on many facets of life in the Gulf region are unknown. Despite the uncertainties, the members of the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry are firmly committed to supporting the destinations affected, their citizens, and their economies.
In order to provide a one-stop resource for planners and event organizers in need of information and guidance, the Convention Industry Council has created the "Hurricane Katrina Information for Event Professionals" resource located at This resource includes:
* Links to local convention and visitors bureaus, and any new offices that are established, in the areas affected by the hurricane;
* Descriptions of resources offered by CIC member organizations and other industry organizations, and links to those resources; and,
* Contact information for hotels and other industry companies to facilitate rescheduling and/or relocating.
The contact information for hotels and other companies is being provided in answer to the question from many event organizers of "Who should I call to reschedule my meeting?" The Convention Industry Council's first recommendation is that if a group has booked with a hotel in a specific chain and needs to reschedule, that they should reschedule with that chain if at all possible. This contact information is provided especially to better direct those who booked directly with a property damaged and/or closed by Hurricane Katrina. The Convention Industry Council's 30 member organizations represent more than 100,000 individuals as well as 15,000 firms and properties involved in the meetings, convention and exhibitions industry. Formed in 1949 to provide a forum for member organizations seeking to enhance the industry, the CIC facilitates the exchange of information and develops programs to promote professionalism within the industry and educates the public on its profound economic impact.

From the Eldorado Hotel
Following the devastating destruction in New Orleans, Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe is honoring guestroom rate contracts for all meetings scheduled to be held in New Orleans between now and February, based on availability, and will donate 10% of that guestroom revenue to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund or a local New Orleans charity of their choice.
For reservations and information, meeting planners can contact (800) 955-4455 and ask for sales.

Chefs for Hope Fund-raiser, Hawaii
The cost to attend is $150.00 per ticket. Tickets available at Chais Island Bistro
Call 585-0011
Event date / time is September 19, 2005, 6 - 9 PM
Aloha Tower Marketplace, Honolulu, Hawaii
Contact Lee-Ann Choy or Jon Ordenstein
Pacific Rim Concepts LLC
45-520 Kamooalii Street
Kaneohe, HI 96744 USA
Tel. 808-864-9812
Fax. 808-236-3621 or toll free 1-866-211-3457
Thank You! Mahalo! Aloha!

Challenging ISES Members
I am challenging members of ISES to begin strategic planning for how they can help in their community for the victims of Katrina. We are members of a creative industry that can plan, coordinate and produce events to raise funds for those who are victims of this disaster. The use of our time and talents is a great resource of service for victims of Katrina. I urge you to gather as chapter members to propose ideas of how to begin the process of how you can help. This month's issue of Special Events Magazine is loaded with ideas for fund raising, some with even 90% profit.
Having previously served as a Public Support Director, Pee Dee Chapter for the American Red Cross I have experienced first hand the how important funding is for victims of disasters. For more than a century, the American Red Cross has provided immediate aid to disaster victims. This is possible because of the generosity of the American people. Funding is required to carry out these desperately needed services. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it is a private not-for-profit organization that depends upon your contribution and support of thousands of your fellow citizens.
Disaster victims face more than the loss of precious possessions and memorabilia, Hurricanes destroy more than homes and businesses. They destroy dreams and hard work. Whether the damage comes from the surging waters pushed from the storm, the tornadoes they sometimes spawn, or the rampaging winds that accompany them, the results remain the same -- people's lives are devastated. For the victims of Katrina
the need is real, and the time is now --help cannot wait!
Red Cross is there offering Americans a helping hand whenever and wherever needed. Red Cross disaster relief specialist, assisted by trained volunteers are providing essential materials such as food, clothing, shelter, bedding, vital prescription medicines, assist special needs and mental health services.
Every disaster disrupts communications, increasing stress as families urgently seek news about loved ones in a disaster. To relieve the anxieties of disaster victims and their families, the Red Cross assists with inquires from concerned family members.
After the emergency passes, the Red Cross helps disaster affected communities throughout these areas to resume activities. Red Cross assistance helps families remain together. Red Cross workers provide vouchers that victims can take to local merchants to purchase essential food and clothing. This gives families a sense that they are beginning to be able to take control of their families needs. This also helps speed the community's economic recovery. Victims are able to begin the process of rebuilding and restoring balance in their lives and communities.
Turn your caring and concern into help. Your financial contributions enable the Red Cross to provide these services absolutely free of charge. You can help now by making a contribution to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Your contribution enables the Red Cross to address the immediate and long-term needs of victims of Katrina and other disasters. You can feel confident that the Red Cross gets the most out of every contribution it receives. Utilizing trained volunteers enables the Red Cross to stretch the value of every dollar. In fact, more than approximately 90 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends goes towards programs and services for the people in need. They are grateful for your support. Know your contribution will be a gift long remembered by the victims of Katrina.
American Red Cross Volunteer
Katy O'Harra (Raleigh, NC)
Cloth Connection Representative
Carolinas & TN Areas
8609 Abbotsbury Court
Raleigh, NC 27615
Phone 919-740-6844
Fax 919-676-0219

Orlando Rosen Hotels & Resorts Offering Special Lodging Rate To Victims Of Hurricane Katrina
Reduced Price Available To Residents of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama
In the wake of the devastating disaster and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Rosen Hotels & Resorts of Orlando, is offering residents of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama affordable lodging in order to help ease their situations.
For a reduced rate of $39.95 per night, plus 11.5% tax, residents of those affected states can stay at one of four Rosen hotels in Orlando and the surrounding area. The rate includes a room with two double beds, an in-room microwave, mini-refrigerator and coffee maker. A daily breakfast buffet is included for up to two adults, plus three children under 12 years old, per room.
The participating hotels are the Quality Inn International, 7600 International Dr., Orlando; Rodeway Inn International, 6327 International Dr., Orlando; Quality Inn Plaza, 9000 International Dr., Orlando; and Comfort Inn Lake Buena Vista, 8442 Palm Parkway, Lake Buena Vista.
"Rosen Hotels and Resorts is doing what it can to ease the suffering of those who have been affected by the unprecedented tragedy that Hurricane Katrina has created," says Harris Rosen, President and COO, Rosen Hotels & Resorts. "In the big picture of life, this is only a small thing that we are doing. We can only hope it does something to ease the distress and anguish that has been inflicted upon the unfortunate victims residing in the Gulf States region."
Residents of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama staying at the participating hotels are required to show proof of residency from one of those three states at time of check-in, unless advance group reservations are pre-arranged through Rosen Hotels & Resorts. Direct billing consideration will be given to Red Cross and governmental agencies. The hotels accept all major credit cards and have ATM machines in each lobby.
Reservations can be made by call a toll-free phone number, 1-866-337-6736. They can also be made by booking on line at
For more information, contact:
Mary Deatrick
(407) 332-5212
[email protected]

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