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Music City Awaits: Network With Peers and See The Sights During the NFDA International Convention & Expo

For Immediate Release: April 11, 2014

Brookfield, Wis. – Those who attend the National Funeral Directors Association's (NFDA) 2014 International Convention & Expo, which will be held October 12-15 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., can round out their event experience by connecting with colleagues during exclusive social and networking events. The exclusive events for Convention attendees will give them a taste of Nashville's legendary live music, burgeoning restaurant scene and unique culture.

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 11, to help build a home for 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 Nashville or become a sponsor.

The 2014 Funeral Service Foundation Golf Classic will take place on Sunday, October 12, at the Gaylord Springs® Golf Links. Carved from the banks of the Cumberland River, Gaylord Springs was named one of Tennessee's top public courses by GolfWeek magazine. Designed by former U.S. Open and PGA champion Larry Nelson, the Scottish links-style, par 72 layout offers 18 challenging holes bordered by scenic limestone bluffs. The Golf Classic supports the Funeral Service Foundation's mission to fund projects and programs that support all of funeral service in building meaningful relationships in the community.

NFDA President Robby Bates and his wife Betty Bates invite you to join them on Sunday, October 12 for the Welcome Party at the legendary Wildhorse Saloon. Some of the best bands in Nashville got their start at the Wildhorse Saloon. Explore all three levels of this historic warehouse turned restaurant and live music venue. Whether attendees are in the mood for a friendly game of billiards in the state-of-the-art Wildhorse Billiards room or want to experience Nashville's outstanding live music, the Wildhorse Saloon offers attendees a great place to kick off their NFDA Convention experience. There is no charge for this event, but attendees must pick up an event ticket when they check in at the Convention registration desk.

Celebrate your fellow funeral directors who have achieved more this year at the All-Star Recognition Ceremony on Monday, October 13. Join fellow Convention attendees as NFDA recognizes funeral professionals who are NFDA Certified Crematory Operators, NFDA Certified Preplanning Consultants and APFSP Certified Funeral Service Practitioners. NFDA will also recognize funeral homes that are 2014 NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award recipients – including Best of the Best Award Recipients and 2014 Hall of Excellence Inductees – and NFDA Green Funeral Practice Certificate holders.

Music plays an important part in our lives. It is used to mark special events, set the stage for celebrations, provide comfort and help sustain one's faith during difficult times. The beautiful sounds of Nashville music provide the perfect setting for the 2014 NFDA Service of Remembrance on Tuesday, October 14. This year's service will include a special appearance by country music star Vince Gill, who will perform his hit song "Go Rest High on that Mountain." Join fellow attendees as NFDA honors the memory of funeral service friends and colleagues who have died.

With five venues under one roof, those who attend the Funeral Directors Under 40 Party on Tuesday, October 14 at Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill, should have no trouble having fun. Join fellow under-40s in the upper level for appetizers, jam with the evening's featured live band in the Rock Bar, show off your dance moves in the Karma Lounge dance club, belt out your favorite tune at WannaB's Karaoke Bar, or hang out and shoot some pool in the game room. Adventurous souls can take a ride on the only mechanical bull on Broadway. (Ticket required and includes two drink tickets, light appetizers and rides on the mechanical bull.)

2014 NFDA President Rob Moore and his wife Pat Moore invite attendees to celebrate the conclusion of the NFDA Convention at A Hall of Fame Evening: Celebrate with the Stars the evening of Wednesday, October 15. An amazing cocktail reception awaits you at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Join colleagues for hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and live music entertainment before your last night out on the town. Tickets to this star-studded event also include exclusive access to all that the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has to offer. The facility will be closed to the public, enabling attendees to explore the rich history of country music through an immense collection of recordings, video clips and special exhibits that span two centuries. (Ticket required; dress code: cocktail attire.)

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

Complete details about special events and tours can be found by visiting the Convention website, www.nfda.org/nashville2014, and clicking on the "Events/Tours" tab.

Attendees should note that while some events are complimentary and do not require them to register in advance, others do require advance registration.

The NFDA International Convention & Expo is the world's largest gathering of funeral directors and helps attendees achieve more in their businesses, communities and lives. The latest information, including details on how to register for the Convention and reserve hotel rooms, can be found by visiting www.nfda.org/nashville2014 or calling 800-228-6332. Those who wish to attend convention can save up to $100 on the registration fee when they register on or before September 5.

NFDA thanks its 2014 International Convention & Expo sponsors:

  • Platinum Sponsor: Federated Insurance
  • Gold Sponsors: Frazer Consultants, NGL Insurance Group
  • Silver Sponsors: Aurora, Bass-Mollett Publishers, Batesville, Facultatieve Technologies, The HELPCard, Jefferson Gardens, Madelyn Company, Messenger, Nomis Publications Inc.
  • Bronze Sponsor: Doric Products Inc.

NFDA is the world's leading and largest funeral service association, serving 19,700 individual members who represent more than 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 39 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics and the strongest advocate for the profession. NFDA is the association of choice because it offers funeral professionals comprehensive educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance to become pillars in their communities and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral professionals. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., and has an office in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.nfda.org.

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Contact: Jessica Koth, 262-814-1536, jkoth@nfda.org

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