Two Valencia Hotel Group properties in Bryan College Station—The George, and Cavalry Court—recently partnered with Dorm Dish to help Aggie students who were in need of meals.

Called Feed Maroon, the idea for the program sparked out of a simple conversation among Carlos Pernia, director of food and beverage of the two hotels, Brian Hall, founder of the nonprofit Friday Harbour, and Austin Fanning, founder of Dorm Dish. A GoFundMe was organized by Dorm Dish to help generate funds to provide these meals. Within a matter of days, the money began flowing in.

The George, Cavalry Court and Dorm Dish provided microwavable dinners to the students, with Valencia Group’s catering service providing lunch. Meals were picked up at Cavalry Court’s onsite restaurant, The Canteen.

San Antonio-based 6Connex, a global leader of virtual environment solutions, which works primarily on virtual trade shows, has been busy lately. The company has seen its business of virtual events grow by 1,000%, and has been fielding requests from national sports leagues, large school districts and global corporations.

 

Event professionals are constantly thinking about how to best stimulate our guests’ senses in order to create the most memorable experience and greatest impact, whether it’s a wedding, corporate meeting or event, fundraiser or social gathering. Many people focus on only three of the five senses: taste, sight and sound. Rarely do planners pay attention to touch or smell. Strategically paying attention to scent and how it interacts with other sensory experiences can greatly impact the overall quality of an event.

 

Teresa Preza first came to Sugar Land 14 years ago while pursuing a job in event management. Today, she’s assistant director of economic development for the city. Here are some of her reasons for calling Sugar Land her “home sweet home.”

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