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Call Sheet #258: Biden Withdraws From Komen Event, Catering Prep for NATO Summit, Visit Orlando's C.E.O. Dead

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #258 — Monday, 05.07.12

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Compiled today by Anna Sekula and Chad Kaydo in New York
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MONDAY: Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala in New York, James Beard Foundation Awards in New York, American Express Publishing Luxury Summit in Palm Beach, Florida (through Tuesday)
WEDNESDAY: Boston Pops’ opening night in Boston, Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago
THURSDAY: Indy 500 events begin in Indianapolis, Bon Appetit's Vegas Uncork'd begins in Las Vegas


1. KOMEN LOSES BIDEN EVENT: Citing scheduling conflicts, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, will not host a kickoff barbecue for the Susan G. Komen foundation's June 2 Global Race for the Cure in Washington. The news comes as another blow to the embattled organization, which has lost supporters and donations for its key fund-raising events in the past few months. The Daily Beast: http://bit.ly/JXTqnn

2. FEEDING NATO: The staff at McCormick Place has its work cut out catering to the folks in town for the NATO summit May 20-21. NATO-News: "For really almost two and a half days we will be serving over 19,400 meals not only to the delegates themselves and to the staff which will be here for NATO, but also to the international press that is also assembled here to cover this event. We will have 24 hours service providing breakfast, lunch and dinner," said David R. Causton, general manager of McCormick Place. http://bit.ly/IBQXxG

3. BOOSTING SAILS: Festivities for the Volvo Ocean Race's stop in Miami kicked off yesterday with the opening of the "Race Village" in Bicentennial Park, which organizers expect to attract as many as 100,000 people. With free concerts, exhibitions, and the participation of a number of brands, William D. Talbert III, president and C.E.O. of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, says the two-week event "continues to reinforce [Miami's] position as a big-event town." Chicago Tribune: http://trib.in/KxDERo

4. VISIT ORLANDO'S C.E.O. DIES: Gary Sain, president and C.E.O. of Orlando's tourism and convention bureau, died suddenly Friday night. Sain, credited with helping the city reach a record of 51.5 million visitors in 2010, collapsed after speaking at a fund-raiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida. Visit Orlando has cancelled its annual marketing luncheon scheduled for this Friday at the Hilton Orlando as part of National Travel and Tourism Week. A spokesperson said details will be forthcoming on an industry memorial.

5. MCDONALD'S MARKETS TO MOMS: The fast food chain is hoping to change its image and part of that strategy is influencing mom bloggers. McDonald's courted Web writers at a private luncheon at last year's BlogHer conference in San Diego and has even invited bloggers to tour its headquarters. The New York Times: http://nyti.ms/Jwpjh6

6. DESIREE'S LATEST MOVE: Crain's Chicago Business, on the former White House social secretary: "Desiree Rogers says she is bringing back Ebony Fashion Fair, the annual traveling runway show that highlights up-and-coming black designers and models. It's all part of her effort to reinvigorate Johnson Publishing Company and its many brands, including Ebony and Jet magazines...In her comments, reported by the New York Observer, Ms. Rogers acknowledged she's also exploring new businesses that will broaden Johnson's reach, including 'Jet-sponsored concerts, boat trips, maybe an online dating site—and overhauling its existing ones.'" http://bit.ly/KmIfGf

7. WIRED'S NEW EXPO: After the successful run of its Nextfest event between 2004 and 2008, Wired magazine is planning a new event designed to be part trade show, part conference, and part festival. Dubbed the Wired Live Expo, the event scheduled for November 15-18 at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center will include keynotes, workshops, and concerts. Show director Ryan Roth told Folio, "The event will be a hybrid between the Wired Pop-Up Shop, which is kind of like a gallery meets retail, and Nextfest, which was mainly R&D experts speaking from their respective companies...It's a consumer show, and we’re defining the audience internally as ‘prosumer,’ because we expect a lot of the folks in attendance to work across these different industries." http://bit.ly/J1wJf8

8. SUSTAINABLE FUND-RAISING: The Robin Hood Foundation's annual gala for 4,000 is still one of the highest-profile nonprofit events in New York, but can the May 14 benefit continue to rake in eight-figure sums? Organizers are looking beyond the financial industry for support. Crain's New York: "This year, for the first time, they have a major sports star as co-chair of the event: Giants quarterback Eli Manning and his wife, Abby, who bring a new cachet and can help land donors from new circles beyond Wall Street." http://bit.ly/J27cGm

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ISES announced the schedule for its Eventworld 2012 conference, August 2-4 at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel in Texas. Sessions include business of events, emerging event technologies, and sales, marketing and branding.


BOSTON: The Greenway Mobile Food Fest took place on Saturday at Rose Kennedy Greenway, with live folk music, backyard games, and a kid zone with springtime-inspired activities.

CHICAGO: GlobeSt.com: "The West is investing in the Midwest, as two California-based investors have purchased downtown Chicago hotels this week in separate deals. Aliso Viejo, CA-based Sunstone Hotel Investors is buying the 417-room Wyndham Chicago for $88.4 million to turn it into a Hyatt, and Los Angeles-based Lowe Enterprises, on behalf of an investment client, has purchased the 28-story Affinia...Lowe is rebranding the Affinia as MileNorth, a Chicago Hotel. Bleecker Seaman." http://bit.ly/IQVqi5

LAS VEGAS: More than 50 of the city's well-known chefs, including those from Bellagio, Caesars Palace, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and Mandalay Bay, will team up for the sixth annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit’s "Grand Tasting" on May 11 at the Garden of the Gods pool at Caesars Palace.

The new director of tourism and cultural affairs for the state of Nevada, Claudia Vecchio, will be the guest speaker at the May 16 Destination Services Association meeting at the new Slice of Vegas restaurant in the Mandalay Place shopping mall.

The Las Vegas Hospitality Association will host its 26th annual scholarship golf tournament fund-raiser at the privately owned Cascata Golf Club May 31.

LOS ANGELES: Spike TV is partnering with Microsoft for live and commercial-free coverage of the Xbox media briefing at the Electronic Entertainment Expo June 4. The Sacramento Bee: http://bit.ly/IKrq6q

Chrysalis will host its 11th annual "Butterfly Ball" June 9 at a private estate in Brentwood. Hosted by Seth MacFarlane, this year's event will honor president and general manager of FX Networks John Landgraf, director and producer Shawn Levy, and LL Cool J.

Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://masterplanneronline.com/losangeles

MIAMI: The 2012 Community Tour, created by Cabot Creamery Cooperative and other sponsors, kicks off a two-month program May 12 at Bicentennial Park before continuing up the East Coast. Major weekend stops will include Charleston, S.C.; Durham, N.C.; Fredericksburg, Va.; Wilmington, Del.; New York City; Providence, R.I.; and Portland, Maine, with smaller weekday stops in other cities.

Eater published a guide to the city's best food trucks, whose wares vary from banh mi ox tacos to key lime popsicles: http://bit.ly/IMEgMl

NEW YORK: The Footwear News summit is June 4, with guest speakers including Stuart Weitzman, Alessandra Lanvin, and Tabitha Simmons.

Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International's Greater New York chapter will host its 19th annual Frank W. Berkman Tourism Achievement Award Dinner May 14 at the New York Palace.

The José Limón Dance Foundation gala is tonight at Capitale. The venue is catering, and BML is handling audiovisual production.

The Javits Convention Center announced it will install additional telecommunications services over the next 18 months. New additions will include Wi-Fi service in the first-level food court and a permanent cell phone distributed antenna service.

Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork

ORLANDO: Disney's "Eat to the Beat" concert series next fall will include performances from Sugar Ray, 38 Special, Smash Mouth, and Javier Colon, winner of season one of The Voice. The concerts take place at Epcot during the park's International Food & Wine Festival, September 28 through November 11. Orlando Sentinel: http://thesent.nl/KiavWH

TORONTO: The Brazilian Carnival Ball, typically held this month, has been moved to September. Taking place on the last weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival, the National Post reports that this year's gala is rumoured to be the last. The de Souza Institute has been named the beneficiary. The National Post: http://natpo.st/JSEBm2.

WASHINGTON: The M.C. Dean Charitable Foundation's second annual charity poker tournament is May 12 at Cities Restaurant and Lounge.

YOUR NEWS: What are you doing? Tell us: [email protected]. 

With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, Carla Warrilow in Toronto, and Anna Sekula, Beth Kormanik, and Rose Chevalier in New York.

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