Canadian Association of Exposition Management
EVENTS 2016 Summer Social - A Night at the Races

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CAEM Members Spend a Night at the Races!
Tasked with renewing the CAEM Summer Social the Sponsorship and Special Events committee led by - Kelly Antonaros, CEM, Bianca Kennedy, and John (Neo) Neofotistos - rose to the challenge. Well over 100 CAEM members and guests enjoyed a Reception, Buffet Dinner and Horse Races on July 27, 2016 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.
Special Thanks to the entire committee;
Kelly Antonaros, CEM (CAEM Director  & Sponsorship & Special Events Co-Chair), ZoomerMedia Limited 
Bianca Kennedy (CAEM Director & Sponsorship & Special Events Co-Chair), Power Sport Services
John Neofotistos (NEO), R.I.B.O. (Sponsorship & Special Events Co-Chair),
Maria Bava Chisholm, Mendelssohn Commerce Events Logistics
Dianne Castanheiro, CEM, Freeman
Pat D’Alessandro, TWI Group Inc.
Jeff Drover, STRONCO
Lerna Gurunluoglu, CEM, Restaurants Canada
Maria Kitamura, CEM, GES – Global Experience Specialists
Despite choosing the hottest day of the year, once again – in 2016 attendees stayed cool as the fun moved indoors to the Post-Parade room at Woodbine Racetrack. Before dinner participants were welcomed with a reception sponsored by GES – Global Experience Specialists and SHOWTECH Power and Lighting, featuring a signature blue cocktail. The reception also offered up an opportunity to try out the Photobooth, sponsored by Mendelssohn Commerce Event Logistics, and to win a draw for prizes sponsored by the Canadian Gift Association, Datatext Event Services Inc., and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
There was something for everyone at the buffet dinner, where attendees could be seen not only socializing with their table mates, but mingling over a selection of salads, entrees and desserts. Following dinner “How to Bet” representatives from Woodbine Racetrack provided support to beginner bet placers.
Four of the races were sponsored by CAEM Associate Member Companies. Staff and guests from – TWI Group Inc., The International Centre, Enercare Centre, and Scotiabank Convention Centre, got to get up close and personal with the winning Horse from their race while participating in a photo-op in the Winners’ Circle. The winning horse from each race was presented with a Stable Blanket embossed with the logo of the sponsoring organization.
The committee would also like to acknowledge our Name Badge Sponsor – CONEXSYS Registration Ltd., and Signage Sponsor – Freeman. In addition, we extend a special Thank You to Woodbine Racetrack for providing complimentary meeting space for our pre-dinner reception.
Article features crowd-sourced photos from: @tinalovespinot and @caemevents