Presented by the students of Northwood University's Hospitality Management Program.
Winter in the Woods
March 1, 2014

5:15 p.m. Reception
Dinner Tickets Starting at $85.00
Cocktail Attire *Cash Bar*

Northwood University
Hach Student Life Center
4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640

If you have any complications with any part of the registration process, please call Dr. Julie Tkach at (989) 837- 4366 or NADA Hotel at (989) 837- 4284.

Northwood University continues to support the Annual Stafford Dinner. To help cover the cost associated with this event and high quality learning experience, the students of the Annual 2014 Student Executive Board of Northwood University Stafford Dinner invite you to participate as an "Event Sponsor."

By becoming a sponsor you not only support the Stafford Dinner, you are also opening the door for our students to gain real-world, hands-on experience and gratification through their accomplishments as they continue their education at Northwood University.


Tickets - $85

  • Reception and dinner


Event Sponsorships

Avalanche Sponsor - $1,500
Payment in excess of $510 is tax deductible

  • Independent server
  • Logo placed on recognition board
  • Special reserved seating
  • Table sponsorship to include:
    • 6 tickets to reception and dinner
    • Prominent signage on table
  • Signage in prominent event areas recognizing your sponsorship
  • PA announcements throughout the dinner
  • The opportunity to advance a student who one day may work for your company!


Blizzard Sponsor - $1,000
Payment in excess of $340 is tax deductible

  • Logo placed on recognition board
  • Special reserved seating
  • Table sponsorship to include:
    • 4 tickets to reception and dinner
    • Prominent signage on table
  • Signage in prominent event areas recognizing your sponsorship
  • PA announcements throughout the dinner
  • The opportunity to advance a student who one day may work for your company!


Flurry Sponsor - $500
Payment in excess of $170 is tax deductible.

  • Table sponsorship to include:
    • 2 tickets to the reception and dinner
    • Prominent signage on table.
  • PA announcements throughout the dinner.
  • The opportunity to advance a student who one day may work for your company!


Snowflake Sponsor - $100

  • Table sponsorship to include:
    • Prominent signage on table.
  • PA announcements throughout the dinner.
  • The opportunity to advance a student who one day may work for your company!


Exclusive Sponsorships

Decoration Sponsorship - $3,500
Every great event has a unique and special atmosphere. It takes a highly creative and talented team to bring the right balance to event décor. A decoration sponsorship lets attendees know you not only support The Northwood Idea, but also understand the importance of creating the right "feel" for a special event.


Dinner Sponsorship - $2,500
All of the student's hard work, preparation, and planning come together to create the 39th annual Stafford Dinner. The reception and dinner pull the entire HRM team together bringing the Stafford Dinner Board's vision to reality.


Dessert Sponsorship - $1,000
All of the student's hard work, preparation, and planning come together to create the 39th annual Stafford Dinner. The reception and dinner pull the entire HRM team together bringing the Stafford Dinner Board's vision to reality.


Entertainment Sponsorship - $800
We depend on entertainment to make our event much more than just a dinner. By sponsoring our entertainment we are able to host an array of entertainment types which allows you to enjoy a delicious meal and thematic environment.


Signage Sponsorship - $600
In honor of your generous donation we strategically place your company's name and logo throughout the event venue for maximum exposure.


Valet Service Sponsorship - $150
The impeccable service and luxury of the Stafford Dinner begins with our valet service. This is an opportunity to sponsor the first impression our guests will have of the event while supporting this necessary service.


General Sponsorship - $100
The enriched feelings of helping students succeed in their pursuit of education and employment.


Northwood University Hotel and Conference Center
4000 Whiting Dr
Midland, MI 48640
989.837.4284

Online NADA Hotel Reservations

Brandon Allan

Co-Chair

Brittany Prout

Co-Chair

Megan Borders

Registration/Finance Chair

Jon Maurer

Food and Beverage Co-Chair

Kevin Stolzenfeld

Food and Beverage Co-Chair

Amy Kaltz

Entertainment Chair

Victoria Julson

Decorations Chair

Lindsey Lipa

Procurement Chair

Nathan Steiner

Student Advisor

Andrew Hanagan

Service Chair

Ashley Reincke

Secretary/Public Relations Chair

Alexis Goodwin

Assistant Procurement

Emmalie Quella

Food and Beverage Logistics Chair

Julie Tkach, Ph.D.

Hospitality Management Chair

Christopher Wakeman

Industry Advisor

Taffy Cline

Industry Advisor

Kathleen Vertin

Kathleen Vertin

Kathy spent the bulk of her career overseeing the strategic, financial and marketing direction of Visioneering, Inc., a supplier of tooling to the automotive and aerospace industries. She joined the company in 1995 and was hired to establish a manufacturing plant in Coventry, UK. to enable diversification into international markets. She and Tom, the owner of Visioneering, married shortly thereafter and together worked to further diversify the company into aerospace technology. When they sold the company in 2007, it was a preferred tooling supplier to Lockheed Martin, Boeing Corporation, and nearly every top aerospace firm. Retirement gave Kathy the opportunity to return to her long-time passion, theater and music. In doing so she found that there was a great appetite for the arts in St. Clair County and the surrounding areas but very few options to enjoy quality music and theater. She purchased a historic storefront on the St. Clair River in downtown Marine City and opened The Snug Theatre, a professional and intimate, 100-seat venue. Since its opening in July, 2013, the Snug produced four plays and musicals, hosted several comedians, and consistently played to sold-out audiences. The Vertin's therefore decided to open a second, larger venue and are in the process of renovating the vacant Marine Savings Bank building just a few blocks south of The Snug. Kathy is thrilled to have an opportunity to combine two things she truly enjoys, business and the arts, and to be a part of revitalizing a rural community.

Kathy earned her BBA from Northwood University in 1988 and returned to earn her MBA in 1995. She is honored to serve on the Board of Trustees of this fine University and states that she is "an ardent proponent of free market capitalism as it is the only system of government that empowers its citizens to determine their own success or failure".

Empty Canvas

Empty Canvas

Empty Canvas is a fun and energetic performance show that will captivate any audience! Artist and musician Mike McMath, along with his twin brother, musician Scott McMath, completes a painting while singing lead and back-up vocals. The McMath brothers perform great covers and fun originals as a background for an original painting that may end up going home with you! The painting for the 39th Annual Stafford Dinner “Winter in the Woods” will be created on a 30”x36” canvas and will be auctioned off by Jerry O'Donnell at the end of the evening as a one-of-a-kind keepsake!

To view testimonials and a promotional video of Empty Canvas, please feel free to visit their website at: www.emptycanvaslive.com

Jerry O'Donnell (Auctioneer)

Jerry O'Donnell

Jerry O'Donnell serves as the General Manger of ESPN 100.9-FM. Jerry oversees all aspects of the station, including programming, engineering, operations and federal compliance. In addition to this role, Jerry is well known as "The Voice of Dow Diamond", the Public Address Announcer for Great Lakes Loons home games. He has held this position since the Loons inaugural season in 2007.

A fixture of Mid-Michigan radio since 1987, O'Donnell's voice has been broadcast on six of the world's seven continents. Jerry has made an effort to be involved in the community, volunteering as a celebrity auctioneer and master of ceremonies for local charities.

Jerry grew up on a small farm near Interlochen, MI, before graduating from Benzie Central High School. O'Donnell studied at Northwestern Michigan and Northwood University.

In memory of Professor William D. Stafford
Former Chairman of Northwood's Hotel, Restaurant & Resort Management Department

Mr. William D. Stafford was the first chairman of the Hotel, Restaurant & Resort Management Department at Northwood Institute. Northwood then became a university in 1993. From 1969 to 1972, Mr. Stafford shared his expertise from his years in the hospitality industry and incorporated it into the curriculum.

Mr. Stafford introduced his students to the idea of a dinner with a theme in which the students
prepared special dishes and dinner festivities for leaders of the hospitality industry.

William Stafford and his contribution to the program deserve to be saluted on this special evening. Our thanks extend to Mr. Stafford for his educational direction for Northwood's program. We also want to thank Mrs. Ethel Stafford who has given us her guidance and support and shared wonderful memories with us over the years.