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Take a Break and See the Legendary Sights of Austin During the NFDA Convention

If you're planning to attend the 2013 NFDA International Convention & Expo, which will be held October 20-23 in Austin, you can round out your event experience by connecting with colleagues during exclusive social and networking events. The events and tours planned by NFDA will give you a taste of what makes Austin so popular with tourists.

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 Charlotte or become a sponsor. You can find complete details about how you can get involved on the NFDA 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.

NFDA President Bob Rosson and his wife Beth Rosson invite you to join them on Sunday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m., to kick off the 2013 NFDA Convention with a Texas tailgate in the Touchdown Club in Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium. Show your team spirit by wearing your home – or favorite – college team apparel to the annual Welcome Party. Enjoy game day food and Texas-style entertainment as you explore the home of the University of Texas Longhorns. There's no charge for this event. A free shuttle from the hotels in the NFDA room block will provide transportation to and from the stadium.

Celebrate fellow funeral directors who have achieved special recognitions at the All-Star Recognition Ceremony on Monday, October 21 at 4:15 p.m. Join NFDA as it honors individuals who have earned a 2013 NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award, the Certified Preplanning Consultant designation, Green Funeral Practices Certificate and more.

During this year's Service of Remembrance on Tuesday, October 22, at 9:45 a.m. NFDA will honor members of the funeral service family who have died while learning about the rich traditions of Hispanic culture. Hispanics believe a funeral is a final act of love and devotion, and that not even death can remove the love and care a family has for each other.

Those who use "friend" as a verb, track their tweets or know what it means to link-up on LinkedIn will want to attend the Friends of Facebook (and Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+) Party on Tuesday, October 22 at 5 p.m. in the Liberty Tavern (Hilton Hotel). This is your chance to grab a cocktail, meet in-person and enjoy offline conversations while posting and tweeting about it.

Those who attend the Funeral Directors Under 40 Party on Tuesday, October 22, at 7:45 p.m., will rock out and sing along to dueling pianos in the live music capital of the world. Pete's Dueling Piano Bar features a combination of seasoned veterans and new talent playing today's best music and familiar classics. It's sure to be a night to remember. Tickets are only $40 and include two drinks and light appetizers.

2013 NFDA President Robby Bates and his wife Betty Bates invite attendees 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, attendees will look like native Texans whether they wear jeans and a cowboy hat or sparkle in western-inspired cocktail attire. They 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. You'll also learn which member of the NFDA Executive Board is the "Most Wanted" and will be spending time in jail! 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. Tickets are only $60.

In addition, NFDA has arranged exclusive tours and excursions to help attendees get to know the host city of Austin.

Complete details about special events and tours can be found by visiting the Convention website,, and clicking on the "Events/Tours" tab. While some events are included with the cost of your registration and do not require you to sign-up in advance, others do require you to purchase tickets. Call your NFDA member services representative at 800-228-6332 to purchase tickets in advance; you can also purchase tickets onsite at the NFDA registration desk.

NFDA thanks the 2013 International Convention & Expo Sponsors: Federated Insurance, Frazer Consultants, NGL Preneed, Physicians Mutual, Aurora, Bass-Mollett, Batesville, Carriage Services, Faculatatieve Technologies, The HELPCard, Madelyn Company, Messenger, Nomis Publications Inc., Doric, Hunter Warfield, Live Oak Bank, Jefferson Gardens, Wilbert, funeralOne, Global Mortuary Affairs, Grupo Ilga and Heavensgate.