Industry News: Plans for Ultra Music Festival, L’Oréal Paris Canada Hosts the Women of Worth Gala, the PEN America Literary Awards, and More

AUSTIN: The Driskill hotel has named Chris Collins as general manager. With over 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Collins will oversee hotel operations and financial performance as well as strategic aspects at the hotel.  

LOS ANGELES: Planned Parenthood's annual PPLA Food Fare will take place at Barker Hangar on March 19. The culinary festival will offer food and drink samples from more than 150 local restaurants and caterers and will also honor chef Akasha Richmond. The event annually raises more than $1.3 million. 

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Despite growing coronavirus concerns, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has announced that the upcoming Ultra Music Festival and Calle Ocho Festival will go on as scheduled. The festivals—which are expected to draw over one million attendees combined—will take place from March 15-22 at Bayfront Park and the Little Havana neighborhood. 

NEW YORK: The PEN America Literary Awards took place Monday night at the Town Hall, with NBC's Seth Meyers serving as emcee. The awards honored fiction and nonfiction writers, poets, translators, and others. Playwright Tom Stoppard was awarded the PEN/Mike Nichols Writing for Performance Awards. An after-party was held at the Ribbon.

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TORONTO: The fourth annual Women of Worth Gala will be returning to Toronto on March 8 in honor of International Women’s Day. The event—which is being hosted by L’Oréal Paris Canada and held at the Omni King Edward Hotel—will feature 10 Women of Worth honorees.

With contributions from Ashton Pike and Wellsley Kesel in Atlanta; Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles; and Beth Kormanik and Michele Laufik in New York.

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