Northwood Stafford Memorial Dinner Set for March 2, 2013

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The scholarship fundraiser will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m.

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University’s 38th Annual Stafford Memorial Dinner will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Bay City. This dinner event is planned by an executive board comprised of Northwood students enrolled in the Hospitality Management program. Planning for this event takes an entire school year starting in April 2012. The scholarship fundraiser will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by an interactive style dinner at 6:00 p.m. with a silent auction proceeding until 8:00 p.m.

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. 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. In addition, guests will hear from our keynote speaker, Michael P. Schenk, who is the general manager of the Catawba Island Club in Port Clinton, Ohio. He is an in-demand speaker with a realm of knowledge from around the world with years of hands-on experience.

The dinner event honors the Hospitality Management 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 from years in the hospitality industry and incorporated his experience into the Northwood curriculum. Proceeds from the dinner will go to the Stafford Memorial Dinner Scholarship Fund and will directly benefit the students in their educational funding.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Karla Spaeth at or 989.837.4264. You can also visit the website at


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 and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.