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Association Awards Gala

Wednesday, April 17
5:15–6:45 p.m.

Where do you get to relax, enjoy a served, delicious dinner, sip a glass of wine and applaud your constituents as you are inspired by their contributions to your industry? The Association Awards Gala, of course! Join us as we close the conference by celebrating the achievements of several award recipients.

Both the Awards Gala and the Grand Finale take place in the Gaylord's Convention Center Circle Drive, a unique outdoor venue located one level down from our Exhibit Hall. There, you can enjoy the beautiful Texas sunset and watch the planes fly by as they land at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Party with ALA at the VIP Grand Finale

Wednesday, April 17 
7–9:30 p.m., 
Convention Center Circle Drive 


Close out your Annual Conference experience at the ALA Grand Finale. Unwind with your colleagues and give Grapevine, Texas, a proper send-off! ALA’s sponsoring VIP business partners host this high-energy dessert and dancing party. This year, attendees will be treated to a unique "be-your-own" DJ experience and one of the best live bands around.

Here's the schedule:

  • 7–8 p.m. "Silent Disco": Dance your heart out to your own beat!
  • 8–8:15 p.m. Giveaways from our sponsoring VIP business partners
  • 8:15–9 p.m. Emerald City Band: Live music you can dance to all night long!

First up: A headphone party powered by Silent Events

“Silent disco”? “Headphone party”? What’s going on here?


Popularized in Europe, the silent disco outfits attendees with wireless headphones that they use to tune in to different music channels. The be-headphoned dance to their preferred beats, while everyone else — in our case, those who are noshing on desserts — witnesses what looks like a dance party without a soundtrack. Silent Events, the first company to bring the concept to the United States, has been producing silent discos for more than 10 years.

Then, the Emerald City Band plays high-energy hits of today and yesterday


The White House. Super Bowl XLV. Apple and Microsoft. Every House of Blues in the United States. There’s no audience that the Emerald City Band can’t get pumped up with their rocking live show. Thanks to multiple singers, a 3-piece horn section and other instrumentalists, the 13-piece ensemble produces foot-stomping, hip-swaying, sing-along covers of hit songs from the 1960s to today. ALA is heading near their hometown, Dallas, where they’re considered the unofficial house band. Check out a sample song list, and expect an awesome finale to the finale!

All you have to do to get into the party is register for Annual Conference. We look forward to seeing you there!

This event is generously sponsored by ALA’s VIP business partners:
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