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NFDA International Convention & Expo: Opportunities to Make a Difference

Posted: August 28, 2013

If you're planning to attend the 2013 NFDA International Convention & Expo, which will be held October 20-23 in Austin, Texas, you can round out your event experience by making a difference in your profession, in the lives of grieving children and for a family in search of the American dream.

Since 2008, NFDA Convention attendees have given back to their host city by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. Once again, volunteers will gather on Saturday, October 19, to help give a piece of the American dream – a home – to a family in need. There are three easy ways to support NFDA's Habitat project: volunteer at the build site, make a donation to Habitat for Humanity in Austin or become a sponsor. For complete details, visit the Convention website.

The 2013 Funeral Service Foundation Golf Classic will take place on Sunday, October 20, at the Avery Ranch Golf Club. This spectacular course, with natural limestone caverns, knobby live-oak trees, rolling hills and meandering streams and lakes, creates an unparalleled experience for both novice and expert golfers. The registration fee will help the Foundation continue to attract, retain and educate funeral service professionals; promote the value of the deathcare profession to the public; provide scholarships to funeral service students and professionals; and support children's grief programs. Visit the Convention website for more information and to register.

2013 NFDA President Robby Bates and his wife Betty Bates invite you to celebrate the conclusion of the NFDA Convention at the new Boot Scootin' Bash the evening of Wednesday, October 23. At this Texas-sized party, which will feature a "denim and diamonds" theme, you will look like native Texans whether you wear jeans and a cowboy hat or sparkle in western-inspired cocktail attire. You will have the chance to line dance to a country band in the live music capital of the world and enjoy a taste of some great Texas-style food. The Boot Scootin' Bash will benefit Comfort Zone Camp, an organization that helps children as they start their grief journey following the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver.

The members of NFDA's Executive Board have teamed up to help raise money for Comfort Zone Camp by playing the role of outlaws from the Old West. They are wanted for wild crimes and are vying for the coveted title of "Most Wanted" outlaw. The outlaw who raises the most money for Comfort Zone Camp will be declared the Most Wanted at the 2013 NFDA International Convention & Expo during the Boot Scootin' Bash. Visit and to help bring these outlaws to justice!

The NFDA International Convention & Expo is the world's largest gathering of funeral directors and helps attendees achieve more in their businesses. The latest information, including details on how to register for the Convention and reserve hotel rooms, can be found by visiting Those who wish to attend convention can save up to $120 on the registration fee when they register on or before September 13.

The NFDA International Convention & Expo is generously supported by Federated Insurance, Frazer Consultants, NGL Insurance Group, Physicians Mutual, Bass-Mollett Publishers, Batesville, Facultatieve Technologies, The HELPCard, Madelyn Company, Messenger, Nomis Publications Inc., Doric, Hunter Warfield, Live Oak Bank, Wilbert, Global Mortuary Affairs and Heaven's Gate. Please visit the Convention website to learn more about our sponsors.