People/Events/Accounts: News About John H. Graham IV, Blantyre Country Resort, Janie's Fund Grammy Awards Viewing Party, and More

INDUSTRY NEWS: John H. Graham IV, the longtime president and C.E.O of A.S.A.E., has died after a long battle with cancer, according to USAE News. He began his tenure at the association in 2003 and, since that time, A.S.A.E. more than doubled its membership and created many products and services to benefit association professionals and their partners, the A.S.A.E. website reported. In a statement, U.S. Travel president and C.E.O. Roger Dow said of Graham: “John was a visionary who guided and shaped the work of associations to the benefit of thousands of workers and organizations around the country.”

BOSTON: Blantyre Country Resort has named Stephen Benson general manager, and Alan Champney has been made food and beverage director/sommelier at the Relais and Chateaux property in the Berkshires. Benson previously was the regional hotel director for American Cruise Lines. Champney most recently was a fine wine consultant for Masciarelli Wine Company.

LAS VEGAS: True Food Kitchen will open its first restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip on February 12 at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Also on that date, the brand will launch its first ever True Bar, featuring pressed juices, organic teas, and natural refreshers.

LOS ANGELES: Pitbull will perform at Steven Tyler's third annual Janie's Fund Grammy Awards Viewing Party, presented by Live Nation. The event, hosted by Terry Crews, will take place January 26 at Raleigh Studios.

Russell Harris Event Group has announced two new promotions. Jordan Lehman is now vice president; she previously served as director of events and has been with the company since 2015. And Connie Harikul has been promoted to senior events manager; she started at the firm as an event manager in 2016.

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NEW YORK: The Viennese Opera Ball’s 65th Gala will be held February 7 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Proceeds from the event once again will go to the Music Therapy Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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With contributions from Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles and Rayna Katz, Beth Kormanik, and Michele Laufik in New York.

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