November not only is a month to gather with family and friends for Thanksgiving, the meetings and events industry in Colorado has several opportunities for face-to-face time to help others and celebrate accomplishments. The Meetings Industry Council of Colorado’s annual Serving Up Hope luncheon on Nov. 5 raised $28,000 for Food Bank of the Rockies, and 26,634 pounds of food donated by MIC’s 13 member organizations. That is an increase of approximately $5,000 and more than 3,600 pounds of food from last year!

In mid-November, I’ll be in Denver for Meeting Professionals International Rocky Mountain Chapter’s 40th anniversary celebration and annual auction (MPIRMC was the first MPI chapter in the nation) and the National Association of Catering & Events Greater Denver Chapter’s annual awards. Our editorialadvisory board will gather to select the magazine’s 2014 Hall of Fame, which will be announced at our Best Of Colorado
  readers’ choice awards on March 10.  Add a couple of media events for a new restaurant and the holidays, and it promises to be three days of seeing colleagues, networking, appreciating successes and enjoying the Mile High City.

Know of planners, suppliers, venues, properties and attractions that deserve recognition? Online voting for our 2014 Best Of Colorado awards closes on Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. so don’t delay! Happy Thanksgiving!

Gateway to the Rockies & Find the Fun


The inaugural hot springs connection, a conference designed to build relationships, share ideas and promote thermal mineral water attractions in the U.S., was held in Glenwood Springs last November. The meeting resulted in steps to form a national geothermal trade association and develop a website representing hot springs resorts. The 2019 conference will be Nov. 4-8 in Palm Springs and Desert Springs, California.


The annual gathering is as popular as ever, bringing together people interested in science fiction and related genres.