2020 AVANT-GALA Transportation Information

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2020 is the year for sustainability and reducing your environmental footprint.   We’re making it easy for you to coordinate carpooling to this year’s Gala!    Carpool Sign-up *IIDA VAWV is in no way responsible for the liability of travel to/from the event and the carpooling arrangements. We are offering an easy way to coordinate travel arrangements to and from the event for ease of planning on your part. *Carpool drivers & ride sharers are responsible for getting in contact with each other to coordinate the...

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2020 AVANT-GALA Accommodations

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Are you looking to stay the night after the Gala? Maybe make it a fun weekend getaway!    Make it a weekend to remember by sharing a nearby cottage with friends thanks to a special rate being provided by our friends at Coastal Accommodations OR reserve a discounted night at the neighboring Oceanside Holiday Inn Hotel.   Coastal Accommodations Promo Codes: IIDA202015 for 15% Off IIDA2020 if you buy 3 nights, get 1 free!    Other hotel options: Comfort Inn & Suites – VA Beach Oceanfront Holiday...

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2020 AVANT-GALA Volunteer Opportunities

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Looking to Volunteer for the ILMI Gala event this year? We would LOVE to have you! We couldn’t make this event happen without the help of our wonderful volunteers. Volunteering is not only a helpful way to engage in our organization, but it can also help you connect directly with your industry colleagues and maybe even pay off when you win an auction item. Sign up now on our Sign-Up Genius Page to get a voucher in exchange for a little of your time! You can also register to volunteer on the Eventbrite registration link. ...

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2020 AVANT-GALA Sponsorship Opportunities

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Are you interested in becoming an I Love My Industry Sponsor?   Sponsorship opportunities are still available, but they are going FAST!    Check out the possible list below & reach out to Ali Allred at

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2020 AVANT-GALA Location Information

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  This year’s local- and Veteran-owned venue is divided into two large sections for a varied experience. The front is an open layout restaurant with a contemporary bar for great conversation and networking. The back section will be our concert hall and auction activity space with plenty of room to bid on carefully curated items and make connections while dancing the night away. The Bunker 211 21st Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 Do you have concerns about why the venue changed? Check out this blog post that goes into detail as to...

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2020 AVANT-GALA Auction Items

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Are you trying to think of items to donate to the Gala this year?    We’ve rounded up some idea starters for you – check out some thought starters below!    Will you be donating? Please fill out our google form! Any questions? Reach out to us at Auction Item Ideas: Are you thinking of some DIY “themed” baskets?  Is Amazon more your thing? We’ve got some items on there too!  Check out some possible themes for auction...

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2020 AVANT-GALA Outfit Inspirations

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Are you trying to figure out what to wear for this year’s I Love My Industry Gala?   We got you! Check out some outfit inspirations below.   (Don’t forget to register for your tickets early!)   [Show as...

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Posted by on 10:50 pm in Blog, Events | Comments Off on ALL THINGS AVANT-GALA!

We’re here to bring you ALL THINGS AVANT-GALA!  FAQ, What to Wear, Where to Stay, & What to Expect! How to Register: Check out our Eventbrite link here.  Psst – Keep a lookout on Social Media & our Newsletter for announcements on special ticket offers (for a limited time) *There will be no door sales for tickets the day of the event What to Expect: This year’s evening will feature southern-coastal cuisine, locally brewed beverages, wine and spirits, and funky jams from our live band. You...

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IIDA Chapter Survey Results

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The results are in! Over the last year, we have held various round tables, an open discussion event, and sent out surveys. We’ve compiled the answers and sharing the feedback we’ve received on how we can better improve our chapter to meet your needs as an IIDA member!   Average demographic for the surveys:     What is the time you are willing to travel for an event & are you open to signature events (BLB, Gala, Annual Dinner, etc) alternating between city centers? When asked about travel times to events. Most people...

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Congrats to the New Virginia NCIDQ Certificate Holders!

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Congratulations to all of the newest holders of the prestigious NCIDQ Certification! The following are the newest certificate holders for Virginia, who successfully completed the 3 required exams passing in October 2019.  Barbara Benesh Melissa Brewer Amber Ferguson Madeline Anne Hill Jordan Rishell Hoar Arjun Kainth Lauren Ashley Knowlson Shelley Kuras Holly Lassiter Beth McArthur Dalaney Ashton McSweeney Michaela Murphy Shannon Myers Julia Sakowitz Gerrie West As an IIDA member, there is the opportunity to apply for financial...

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