Editorial Article14 November 2008
Cornell Alumni gather for annual CHS reception in New York
Close to 500 alumni gathered at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for the CHS reception, held annually in conjunction with the International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show in New York City. The glittering panorama of the Manhattan skyline from the 35th floor of the hotel added sparkle to an already spectacular event organized by Ben Davison ’05 with help from Alissa Stock ’07, Richy Petrina ’01, Richard Lou ’08, and Jacob Dunn ’06. As usual, delighted conversation was the order of the night, and attendees were still engrossed in each other’s company when it came time to turn off the lights, a move that raised a collective moan of disappointment.
This year’s silent auction, to raise money for the New York City chapter’s Student Development Fund, was perfectly situated in the center of the ballroom, making it easy to mingle and bid at the same time. The fund helps defray student expenses associated with attending industry conferences and events, an important supplement to on-campus education.
Many of the evening’s conversations touched on the financial crisis and the loss of jobs by our alumni. The reception was a perfect opportunity for those in that position to network with fellow alumni, and for the rest to lend support and to promise to keep their eyes and ears open for opportunities. In times like these we realize the value of our connectedness, what it means to be a Hotelie, and what we can do to help each other. Our network is like a family, and we care what happens to our family members. The CHS reception in New York has always been “the big one” and the one where we all come together to make things happen. This year was no different!
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