On April 18, 2013, the airport hosted a fun Business After Hours through The Chamber Grand Forks East Grand Forks. The Progressive Cash drawing was at $2600 and drew a lot of Chamber members, but the door prizes were the big draw too! Thanks to United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Allegiant Travel – we gave were able to away 6 round-trip tickets! Other prizes included free car rentals and golf accessories, courtesy of Hertz, National/Alamo and Avis car rental agencies.
There were two drawing boxes – one for the door prizes including 2 round trip tickets on Delta and 2 on United. Other prizes were four 4-day car rental certificates from National/Alamo, a weekend car rental certificate from Hertz, and four golf accessory kits from Avis. The speical drawing box was for Allegiant’s ‘pack your bags’ trip for two to Phoenix/Mesa leaving that night! Trip included round-trip airfare for two and 3 nights in a Mesa Hyatt hotel. There were 140 entries in the special drawing.
The final count for the event was 388 guests. The previous record for a Business After Hours event was 337.
The food was served in our board room – exquisitely presented by our very own Red River Valley Grill & Market – they went over and above all our expectations! They cater our special dinners and events, and we consider ourselves very lucky to have them.
The Red River Valley Grill & Market is our airport’s restaurant. They serve both the secure side and unsecure side of our airport terminal every day from just before the first flight to just after the last departure. Anyone is welcome to come out and try their great menu! You might also enjoy their great selection of novelty gifts and souviners.
Airport Authority Executive Director Patrick Dame presented lucky winner Lindsey Vogel with a free round-trip ticket on United Airlines. United Vacations is currently offering up to $200 off tickets out of Grand Forks – see your travel agent or the ‘deals’ page on www.unitedvacations.com
Mike Nolan also won a ticket from United Airlines. United Airlines has a PassPlus program for small to medium businesses. Check it out – the airline perks you get with this program are worth the investment! www.united.com/passplus
Lenita Larson won a round-trip ticket, courtesy of Delta Air Lines. Delta has been a great partner to GFK.
Mandy Schwenn accompanied her friend, Stephanie Jeffrey from Altru Health Foundation to the Business After Hours. When her name was drawn for the ‘pack your bags’ trip for two to Phoenix/Mesa LEAVING THAT NIGHT, she was stunned. She thanked us and Allegiant Travel, then told us that she was giving the prize to her friend Steph and Steph’s new fiance, Tony DeJean. Once they called Tony and convinced him that it was true, he packed his bag and made it to the airport within the hour! Mandy couldn’t stop smiling at the excited couple.
Tony & Steph lining up for their boarding pass, just an hour after finding out they were going to Phoenix/Mesa on Allegiant. They were one happy couple!
Photo sent to us from Phoenix/Mesa. Tony and Steph were engaged less than two weeks prior.