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Closing Events

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Association Awards Gala

Wednesday, April 17
5:15–6:45 p.m.
Grapevine Ballroom

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.


The theme for the evening is Denim & Diamonds, so we invite you to wear casual and formal wear together in a fun way, celebrating the best of both clothing worlds. Dress up your denim with rhinestones and gemstones. Pair a dress or pants with cowboy boots. Jeans and jewelry, sequins and upscale pieces combine to give you comfortable and creative options.

Party with ALA at the VIP Grand Finale

Wednesday, April 17 
7–9:30 p.m., 
Glass Cactus Nightclub

Wear your best “denim and diamonds!” Boots, jeans, casual or formal dress.

Close out your Annual Conference experience at the VIP 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 fabulous event will take place in the Gaylord's Glass Cactus Nightclub, a unique venue located on property, a few steps from the hotel itself. Inside, attendees will be treated to a unique "be-your-own" DJ experience and one of the best live bands around along with scrumptious desserts and beverages. Outside (pending weather), we'll have some seating areas so you can network and watch the sun set.

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 attendees wearing the headphones 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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