The Arizona Chapter of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI), announced that it will present the 38th Annual Chinese Auction Fundraiser & Dinner, celebrating the Year of the Ox. This annual event will be held from 5:00pm to 10:00pm at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Scottsdale-Paradise Valley on Friday, September 17, 2021, with over 400 meeting and hospitality professionals in attendance. Proceeds from this award-winning event will help support the association’s mission and ongoing efforts to provide quality continuing education and scholarships for those professionals currently in the hospitality industry, as well as those pursuing a career in the field.

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“As hospitality in Arizona begins making its comeback, and after a year apart from our HSMAI AZ Chapter members and colleagues, now feels like the opportune time to come together for our most award-winning event – the Chinese Auction. This will be our first opportunity as an industry to rejoice in celebration as life starts to return to “normal,” and give back to a field that has given us so much. 2021 is the Year of the Ox and represents resiliency and perseverance – I couldn’t think of a more fitting theme for the auction this year. I’m so proud of our team for pouring their efforts and creativity into this event. It will be a fun and memorable evening that you don’t want to miss. I look forward to seeing many of you and your families in September.” … Amanda Saye , 2021 HSMAI AZ President.

The Chinese Auction Fundraiser is a unique event combining silent auction and live auction bidding. Each guest will receive a list of items to be sold during the live auction, and a paddle with an individualized number. Each guest will then “bid” on items by placing one quarter in an individual bucket placed at the center of each table. The auctioneer will roam the room while announcing numbers on the guests’ paddles. The gonger, who cannot hear the numbers being called, will ring the gong at a random time. The number last called before the gong rings, will win the item. Prizes include, golf outings, artwork, gift certificates for goods and services, signed sports memorabilia and weekend getaways to various destinations throughout the U.S., Hawaii and Mexico. Money is raised through the quarters that are bid on each item, the silent auction preceding the dinner, and a live-auction bidding.

This unique auction was conceived by the Arizona Chapter and has been adopted by chapters all over the United States. This event has won numerous awards including “Stars of the Industry” Awards from the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association (AzLTA), Awards of Excellence in Association Management” from the Arizona Society of Association Executives (AzSAE)

and several HSMAI International Awards.

Tickets for this year’s event are available at early bird rates for only $70 per person, or $675 for a corporate table of ten. For more information, call Joanne Winter at 602-647-3039, or register at: