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A Calling From Your Fairy Godmother

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Pull out your inner-princess and get ready to be a part of a royal party like Kate and Prince William’s. On Saturday, November 12th prepared to be crowned. If you’re a princess or you have a little princess, the annual Cinderella Tea to benefit Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing will be at The National Conference Center. All royal guests will witness the conference center transform into a magical castle where they can sip tea and enjoy decadent morsels prepared by the Fairy Godmother. Edible cupcake pop wands will adorn every table from Cupcakes and Moore along with glittering sweet treats from Dove Discoveries. A graceful dance will be performed by The Warrenton Ballet Company and The Shendandoah Dance Ensemble. Tiny Toes Dance Academy will teach all the royal guests in attendance how to properly tip-toe and twirl.

Every princess deserves to be pampered. The complimentary Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique can freshen you up with makeup and goodie bags from Mary Kay. Crafts also include face-painting, wand-making and a silent auction. Two reservation options for Saturday, November 12th, 2011 include 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Tickets can be securely purchased on For questions about Cinderella Tea or to become an event sponsor, email Ann Kerr or call at 540.338.9040.


[RECAP] In the past week at NCC

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011


Colson embraces Dustin Shipley, from Minneapolis. He is funny before a crowd and quick to hug fans.


Religion, hearing, literacy, and conference centers are just a few items we advocate for at The National Conference Center. In the past week, we’ve served as a “center hub” for non-profits, associations, and beyond. Here’s a recap of some of the more public events at NCC:

  • Evangelist Chuck Colson challenged a new group of Centurions to become a spiritual clone of himself and accept the obstacle of religious pluralism. According to The Washington Post, “They are regular people for the most part, though graduates include a few politicos (Bill Redmond, a former New Mexico congressman, and Bob Snelling, a former member of the Georgia House) and high-ranking executives (former Freddie Mac vice president Chris Morris and Documentary Channel Chief Executive James Ackerman).”  Read more from “Evangelist Charles Colson’s final mission: Spiritually cloning himself” at The National Conference Center last Monday.
  • American Girl Dolls Generate Hearing Aids – Each Spring, Blue Ridge Speech & Hearing hosts their annual American Girls Fashion Show for mothers and daughters to enjoy an afternoon of dolls and tea. Blue Ridge’s ultimate goal this past Sunday? To raise funds for hearing aids for children in Loudoun County. Watch Loudoun Times Mirror’s YouTube Video from the event which generated six hearing aids for families at no cost to them.
  • Be a BOLD Speller: Corporate Spelling Bee – B-A-T was in first grade, and when you’re in the Loudoun Literacy Council’s spelling bee, this is one competitive challenge you don’t want to miss! On Monday night, corporations from around Northern Virginia met for the challenge to spell and raise money to educate those below or at the poverty level in Loudoun County. Brian Mitchell, former Washington Redskins made an appearance as a spelling bee judge and was not reluctant to call players out. Rounds included spelling backwards, replacing vowels with “B,” and a spelling speed race. We won the title of 1st place and anticipate supporting Loudoun Literacy Council again in 2012.
  • IACC: Providing for Our Peers – Members of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) slowly trickled in on Tuesday evening of last week and expanded into a 300-person conference. Over the course of the week, members discussed best practices, learned about technology in the hospitality world, and savored the taste of exquisite dishes prepared daily by a group of talented Executive Chefs in the house. To find out what you missed from the conference, read “11 Takeaways from IACC 2011.

If you weren’t able to make it to these events, we hope to see you at them next year!

5 Special Events We Think You’ll Rave About

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Photo Credit: IACC Online – Copper Skillet Competition

For West Belmont Place who plans all business functions, galas, weddings and more at The National Conference Center, there are several upcoming special events that are open to the public and something we believe are worth attending – all designed for different audiences and ages. See what you think, we’re convinced you’ll be raving about it:

  • Chocolates Galore – The 23rd annual Chocolates Galore & More will be held tonight (Friday, February 18th) at NCC and is event for friends, couples, and families. It’s a showcase of desserts, hors d’oeuvres, and Champagne from a host of Northern Virginia restaurants and purveyors. Patowmack Farm, Vintage 50, Sweetz Bakery, and more will provide food. There will be live music, dancing, silent and live auctions, and competitions for the best desserts and hors d’oeuvres. CELEBRITY JUDGES include TOP CHEF Mike Isabella, Charlie Adler of TasteDC, and Rebekah Pizana of Gourmet Amore. All proceeds from the tickets ($70 for reserved seats or at the door; $60 general admission) go to the Loudoun County YMCA. Visit the Web site for reservations and more information.

  • Hunt Country Bridal Show & Expo - For engaged couples, Hunt Country Celebrations Bridal and Special Event Expo will be held on Sunday, March 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at West Belmont Place at NCC.  Admission is free.  The popular event returns this year with more vendors and expanded exhibits including carriage companies, musicians, florists, representatives from top event sites, caterers and others who help to create beautiful, elegant weddings throughout the Washington, D.C. region including Virginia hunt country. Brides may pre-register to enter the drawing for $200 toward any vendor or receive a $25 discount on any service from any vendor for services booked at the Expo. Visit the registration website for  more information.

  • Corporate Spelling Bee - The Loudoun Literacy Council is hosting their 5th Annual Corporate Spelling Bee at The National Conference Center March 28, 2011. The event allows businesses to compete as a corporate team in a round-robin fast paced Spelling Bee.  Each corporation buys their way in – 3 individuals can compete as spellers on a team. Celebrity judges include Sentator Herring of the great state of Virginia. All proceeds benefit the Loudoun Literacy Council who teach reading and writing skills to children and adults at or belowthe poverty level.  For more information about entering your company, visit the Loudoun Literacy website.

  • “Meet & Greet” IACC - If you’re a meeting or event planner and have an interest in food and meetings, this is an NCC event you won’t want to miss! All meeting planners and event professionals are invited to a “Meeting & Eating” session, where Andrea Sullivan a well-known brain psychologist will discuss menu choices for enhancing mood, learning and performance in meetings. Tickets include admission to her keynote speech, access to the round table discussion from industry experts, seats at the 2011 Copper Skillet Competition, the Taste of IACC, and gift bags. Interested in attending? Find out more on the IACC website.

  • American Girls Fashion Show – Have children who have grown up with The American Girl dolls? Attend the American Girls Fashion Show at NCC, Saturday, March 26th or Sunday, March 27th. The show expects a 1600+ turnout for the entire weekend. Purchase your tickets today as it’s been sold out in the past! All proceeds go to the Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center in Lansdowne, VA which helps young children who are hearing impaired. Visit the website for more information.