Northwood University 38th Annual Stafford Memorial Dinner Planned as Night at Sea

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The dinner will be held at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center located in Bay City on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University’s Annual Stafford Memorial Dinner will be held at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center located in Bay City on Saturday, March 2, 2013. This year represents the 38th annual scholarship fundraising event that is planned and executed by a student executive board. The scholarship fundraiser begins with a reception starting at 5:30 p.m. with an interactive style dinner following at 6:00 p.m. during which a silent auction takes place until 8:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend with reserved ticket purchases starting at $80.00 per person.

This year’s theme, “Night at Sea,” will have a fun interactive show where guests will feel like they are on an actual cruise ship with Scott’s Entertainment Company hosting a couples’ game show. Throughout the evening guests will also enjoy live music provided by Northwood University’s very own David Valentine, a junior from Detroit, on the piano. Valentine has been playing and perfecting his talent for the past few years. Guests will also be able to stop by John McGrane’s exhibit throughout the evening where he will be showcasing his skills as a professional fruit carver. McGrane is a freshman at Northwood from Washington, Michigan.

This dinner provides an opportunity for our Northwood alumni, friends, family, industry members and others to see what a student organization can do. The dinner event honors the Hospitality Management department founder, William D. Stafford. He was the first chairman of the program at Northwood Institute, which became a university in 1993. Stafford used his expertise and experience from years in the hospitality industry to develop Northwood’s curriculum. Proceeds from the dinner will go to the Stafford Memorial Dinner Scholarship Fund which directly benefits the students’ educational funding.

Advisors for this year’s event are Karla Spaeth, Taffy Cline and Christopher Wakeman. Spaeth is the current associate professor and department chair of the Hospitality Management program at Northwood University. Executive Chef Cline serves as an adjunct culinary faculty member and an industry advisor for the event. Wakeman is an adjunct faculty member and hospitality director of the NADA Hotel & Conference Center located on Midland’s Campus. All of the advisors assist the executive board in the organization and ongoing preparation of the dinner.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Karla Spaeth at or 989.837.4264.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.