People/Events/Accounts: News About Accor, Polka Dot Summit, Dream Midtown, and More

INDUSTRY NEWS: Accor announced Wednesday its commitment to join the UN Global Tourism Plastics Initiative and remove all single-use plastic items in guest experience from its hotels by the end of 2022.

DALLAS: The Expo Group has acquired Educe, a firm focused on event and engagement strategy for higher education institutions.

Hope's Door New Beginning Center will host its Catalyst Awards luncheon on April 24 at the Atrium Granville Arts Center. Hope's Door New Beginning Center's mission is to offer intervention and prevention services, as well as education, to individuals and families affected by abuse.

LOS ANGELES: The inaugural Polka Dot Summit, presented by Create & Cultivate and Disney, takes place at Forme in Burbank on January 25 and 26. The two-day event is intended to honor Minnie Mouse by spotlighting "modern-day muses who embody Minnie’s key characteristics—bold, fashionable, fun, and classic," according to press materials.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Chef Richard Hales has launched Grateful Hospitality. The company comprises five restaurant concepts: the recently opened Society BBQ at the Citadel Food Hall, Sakaya Kitchen, Blackbrick, Bird & Bone, and catering and event-focused food truck Dim Ssäm à Gogo. 

NEW YORK: Glaad announced Wednesday it will honor Judith Light with the Excellence in Media award. The honor will be presented March 19 during the 31st Annual Glaad Media Awards, which will be held at the Hilton Midtown.

Leiya Cohen has been named general manager at Dream Midtown. She most recently served as the hotel manager of the Time New York, another Dream Hotel Group property.

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PITTSBURGH: Patron Technology has acquired GrowTix, the Salt Lake City based ticketing and registration company with a large client base in the convention and fandom event space. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

WASHINGTON: THRōW Social DC and Kick Axe Throwing, a 22,000-square-foot joint social games concept, opens February 6 in Ivy City. The venue boasts 12 axe-throwing ranges, five curling rinks, and six FootBowl (soccer and bowling) ranges.

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

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