As the venue and caterer for nearly 900 meetings and events a year held at the McNamara Alumni Center, the teams of McNamara and onsite, exclusive caterer D’Amico Catering decided to showcase their own expertise in party planning. Last week, January 18 these two award-winning organizations hosted an inaugural showcase for meeting and event planners, event industry colleagues and both organizations’ 2017 booked wedding clients. Aptly named SWANK, this party showcased their award-winning venue-catering partnership. With products and services provided by industry vendors (at deeply discounted costs), our New York night club-inspired event included bouncers, red carpet, live and DJ music and a 20’ tall fringe lounge in Memorial Hall. Menu offerings included a raw bar and bubbly station, bibimbap station, southern comfort station and even hot chocolate and peppermint biscotti to go. Interactive party features (including Swank-branded selfie templates) were offered through the app Blippar. More than 250 guests attended to “sip, nosh and marvel”.