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Special Events Venue News for Nov. 11, 2009

Special Events Venue News for Nov. 11, 2009

Lorien Hotel to Donate Holiday Party Revenue to Charity
The Lorien Hotel and Spa in Alexandria, Va., will donate a portion of revenue from all parties and events to charities, subject to certain restrictions, management says. Planners who book a holiday party in November, December or January can designate a nonprofit organization, to which the Lorien will donate 5 percent from the food and beverage portion of the event. Planners can also nominate a philanthropic group for a free event in 2010; the event will be valued at $3,000. Nominations must be made by Dec. 1; planners can send a brief description explaining why the cause is worthy and including contact information to [email protected]. The winner will be announced on Dec. 15 on the hotel's Facebook fan page.

L.A.'s Hotel Erwin Newly Renovated
Hotel Erwin, located in the edgy Venice Beach section of Los Angeles, has undergone a complete renovation, management says, and offers a variety of unique event spaces. At 3,000 square feet, the High Rooftop Lounge can accommodate 98 for receptions; the space is available for buyouts, half buyouts and reservations. Larry's Loft, at 1,000 square feet, can host 70 guests in various configurations; the walls are lined with paintings by artist Larry Bell. The Dogtown Sweet Suite, at 500 square feet, can host up to 25 for receptions or be used as sleeping room for two guests.

Hyatt Regency O'Hare Debuts New Green Program
Chicago's Hyatt Regency O'Hare has launched an "extensive" range of eco-friendly initiatives, management says, including recycling, water and energy-conservation programs. The 1,100-guest-room hotel recently received a WasteWise certification from the U.S. Environmental Agency. Event and meeting space at the property totals 110,000 square feet; features include the new, high-tech Conference Center, a dedicated meeting concierge for every event. The property is connected via covered skyway to Stephens Convention Center.

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