Northwood University 38th Annual Stafford Dinner a Success

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The dinner attracted nearly 200 guests and raised funds for students enrolled in the Hospitality Management program.
Hospitality students busy serving food.

Hospitality students busy serving food.

Keynote speaker Michael Schenk.

Keynote speaker Michael Schenk.

Table centerpiece.

Table centerpiece.

March 8, 2013

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University’s 38th Annual Stafford Memorial Dinner was held this past Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Scottish Rite in Bay City. The dinner attracted nearly 200 guests and raised funds for students enrolled in the Hospitality Management program.

This year’s dinner theme was “A Night at Sea” and the large-scale silent auction was a success as every item was auctioned off. The dinner event, which is completely student run and produced, takes nearly a full year to plan. The evening consisted of a general reception, interactive strolling dinner, silent auction, live entertainment and a keynote speaker.

The superb dinner event can be credited to the 13-member executive board and their advisors Karla Spaeth, Taffy Cline and Christopher Wakeman. Karla Spaeth, chair of the Hospitality Management program, said “This year’s team was exceptional in the planning and execution of the dinner. They have exceeded all expectations and delivered an experiential learning atmosphere beneficial to all students involved.”

The night’s entertainment was provided by Scotty Gunther’s Entertainment Company which hosted a couple’s game show. The keynote speaker for the evening was Michael 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 which was expressed throughout his speech.

The students who participated in the dinner were thrilled with the overall outcome of the event. The Stafford Dinner is always a useful and unique opportunity for Northwood students to enhance their education with practical experience.

ABOUT NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY

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.