November 2020

President's Message:

Happy November everyone! I know there is a lot going on in the world and as we approach Thanksgiving, I start to reflect on the many things that I am thankful for. One of those being our NACE chapter and our Richmond event industry community. Like with any community, our NACE chapter takes volunteer leaders and engaged members to thrive and grow. I am thrilled to share with you that the 2021 NACE Richmond chapter board has been elected and is as follows-

President: Jamie Adams, CPCE
Vice President: Alli Prato Carney, CPCE
Secretary: Abby Allen 
Treasurer: Laura Silva, CPCE
Director of Membership: Liana Acevedo
Director of Programs: Hannah Spurlock 
Director of Marketing: Carter Sutton Aines

I am looking forward to working with all of these volunteer leaders in 2021 and am excited to serve as your 2021 chapter. 

I cannot wait to see you all at our December holiday party and look forward to closing this very long chapter that is 2020. 

Your Chapter President,
Jamie Adams, CPCE

Member Spotlight

Carter Sutton Aines














Carter Sutton Aines is the Staffing Coordinator, an Event Planner, and operates the social media for A Sharper Palate Catering and Events; a full-service catering company that specializes in menu planning, creation, and execution for weddings, corporate, and private events.  

She is the 2020 Greater Richmond NACE Director of Marketing and was recently re-elected to her roll to serve on the 2021 Greater Richmond NACE Board of Directors. She is the first person in several years to hold this board position and has stepped into the position eloquently. From revamping our website to keeping us connected on social media, and recently helping to plan and execute our recently launched promotional video, her dedication towards our chapter has not gone unnoticed. 

Please join us in thanking Carter Sutton for all her hard work towards our chapter!  


We are happy to be returning to Feed More in the month of December. We know they need lots of extra hands for the holiday season. Info and sign up dates below! 
If you are unable to volunteer in person but would still like to show your support to Feed More, donations can be made.

Monday, December 21st
9:00am-1:00pm or 1:00pm-5:00pm

Monday, December 28th
9:00am-1:00pm or 1:00pm-5:00pm

Wednesday, December 30th
9:00am-1:00pm or 1:00pm-5:00pm

Feed More
1415 Rhoadmiller Street
Richmond, VA 23220

An Update From NACE National

  • Extended grace period- Membership renewal grace period has been extended from 30 days to 120 days. This means your membership will continue for approximately 4 months after your renewal date without any dues payment

  • Payment plans- Members may request a payment plan for dues renewal. This payment plan can be combined with the extended grace period.

  • Membership transfer policy- Members who lose their employer-paid membership due to loss of employment will retain their NACE membership for the remainder of their membership term or 90 days, whichever is longer.

Upcoming Meetings

November 2020 


December 8, 2020 

Holiday Party at Bingo Beer Co.

Diversity Initiative:

  • Board Statement

    • The board released a statement on June 11th regarding the ongoing injustice and racism in our country. We realize that our statement was late. We, as a board, wanted to take the time to educate ourselves, listen to webinars and podcasts, and become well informed before making a formal statement to our members. We recognize that there is a current issue and need for change within our local catering & event industry and our chapter. We WILL do better.

  • Diversity Committee

    • We have added a diversity committee which will be overseen by the Director of Membership. This group of racially diverse members will work to recruit new black members and retain the involvement of current members of color. This committee will curate black speakers to educate members on topics like racism and inequality within the event industry, promote black owned businesses and members through #unitythroughcommunity, and facilitate meaningful connections and conversations between our members.

  • Re-allocating Funds

    • Quarterly donations to organizations both locally and nationally to support BLM

      • A donation has already been made in honor of Aleya Harris to the Equal Justice Initiative. Thank you Aleya for having a candid conversation with our members about racism and allyship within the wedding and events industry. You can watch the replay here.

    • Sponsor a student member from a local HBCU, Virginia State University or Virginia Union University.

    • Updating our current and future monthly programs to include Black speakers & education as well as partnering with local Black catering & event professionals to showcase their work


We're Here For You!

When the first impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic hit the catering and events industry, NACE moved quickly to support members The National Board has enacted several resources and measures to maintain our strong, vibrant community. We have expanded the membership grace period to 120 days, introduced flexible installment plans, expanded online education, and more. 





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