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40th Anniversary Auction and Fundraiser

June 30, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm MST

The Arizona Chapter of the
Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International
Presents their Award-Winning Event ….

Auction and Fundraiser
Celebrating the “Year of the Rabbit”

Join our Arizona hospitality and meeting industry professionals
and their guests … so much fun for such a worthy cause!




Our return to live events over the past two years has been a testament to the resilience and teamwork Arizona’s hospitality industry was built upon.  We thrive when we are in a room together, and the demand for high-energy, interactive events like our auction is at an all-time high. We invite you to join us at the award-winning Auction, Fundraiser and Dinner. This year we are celebrating our 40TH ANNIVERSARY event and the “Year of the Rabbit”.  

This year, proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Arizona Chapter of HSMAI to support our association’s mission and our continuing efforts to provide quality continuing education and scholarships for those professionals currently in the hospitality industry and those who are pursuing a career in the field.

After a short post-pandemic hiatus, we are thrilled to be able to partner with an official Charity of the Year for 2023. This year’s COY, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, actually shares many of the same values which power our Arizona hospitality industry:  resilience, bravery, connection, creativity, strength and innovation.  This organization impacts children’s lives by making them feel safe, encouraging them express themselves, and more!  We are so excited to be teaming up with Free Arts this year!

Friday, June 30, 2023


The Wigwam Resort
300  Wigwam Boulevard
Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340


5:00-6:30 p.m.
Wigwam Foyer
Registration, Cocktail Reception (no-host bar),
and Silent Auction

6:30-9:30 p.m.
Hopi-Pima-Pueblo Ballrooms
Dinner and Live Auction

9:30 p.m.
After Party and Entertainment

$105.00 Per Person
$1,000.00 Corporate Table of Ten

Valet and self-parking parking is available.

The Resort is offering a special overnight rate of $99.00 per room – with waived resort fee.
This special rate is good for two nights before and after our event.
The room block deadline has passed, so rooms are now based on availability. Please call the hotel directly and talk to in-house reservations at 623-258-4676.
Mention the  HSMAI 40th Anniversary Auction when doing so.




Rochelle Barton, Forever Living
Jacque Duhame, DEG – Duhame Event Group
James Eggimann, The Camby
Rowan Pickering, Event Team
Oscar Mastrantuono, North Central Group

Yvette Koebke, Hotel Nikko San Francisco
Megan Padish, The Destination Manager
Alma Rosa Pink


The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is an individual membership organization with more than 7,000 members worldwide. HSMAI is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners, and is the industry’s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides hotel professionals and their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue through programs such as the Adrian Awards and the Revenue Optimization Conference. HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. More information is at www.hsmai.org.

The Arizona Chapter, the third largest chapter in the U.S., celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2018. The chapter was honored in 2019 as the Chapter of the Year and is the recipient of the most “Chapter Awards of Excellence” in the history of HSMAI.  Most recently, the chapter was recognized with the 2020 HSMAI “Pandemic Resilience Award” and a 2021 HSMAI “Award Winning  Chapter”. Membership is 140+ members strong, and is comprised of General Managers, Directors of Sales, Sales Managers, Revenue Managers, and Student Members. The chapter offers members a variety of education programs, community volunteer opportunities, leadership and professional development opportunities and a variety of networking and special events. 

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Make your own history at The Wigwam – Arizona’s rich cultural and iconic resort since 1929. Whether business, romance, relaxation or family fun, our 440 acres of lush landscapes and elegantly crafted adobe and timber suites contain the extravagant retreat you so desire.

From green golf courses to outdoor tennis courts, our relaxing spas to signature dining spots – find a world of your own near the heart of Phoenix, at our luxury resort. Surrounding Litchfield Park, the outdoor sightseeing opportunities by the Sonoran Desert are also endless. Fulfill the authentic Arizona tradition when you stay at The Wigwam.

More information is HERE.


We are thrilled to be able to once again partner with a “Charity of the Year” for 2023. The proceeds from this year’s Auction will go directly toward supporting chapter programs and Free Arts Arizona. Since 1993, Free Arts of Arizona has used the arts to provide opportunities for children to express themselves … transforming childhood trauma to resilience. Every child who has experienced the trauma of abuse, neglect and/or homelessness has access to resilience-building arts programs and caring adult volunteer mentors. More information is at: https://freeartsaz.org/.


The original Chinese Auction was conceived in 1982 by the Arizona Chapter of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International.  This event has gained national recognition and has been adopted by numerous HSMAI and MPI chapters through the U.S. as their major fundraiser.

The auction was originally given the Chinese theme due to the location of the event – the former China Doll Restaurant in Phoenix. Over the years, the auction has grown and has moved its location to larger venues. The Chinese theme has remained. 



The idea of the auction is to provide each guest with a list of prizes (such as dinners, golf outings, gift baskets, services, and hotel/resort stays) and a numbered stick. Each table is supplied with a bucket that is placed in the middle. Starting with the number one item, the auctioneer describes that item and asks the guests who are interested in bidding on this item to toss a quarter or quarters in the bucket. The guest then holds their stick in the air. The auctioneer calls out the numbers that are held up. A gonger (who cannot see or hear what is going on) is responsible for hitting the gong after a few seconds. The last number called out when the gong rings has won that prize and goes to the stage to claim it. This sequence of events goes on throughout the evening until all prizes are gone. Over the years, a silent and live auction have also been added to the event.

This event has won numerous awards including “Stars of the Industry” Awards from the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, “Awards of Excellence in Association Management” from the Arizona Society of Association Executives and several HSMAI International Awards.

In 2022, the name of our event was changed to be more diverse and inclusive, but  the year of the Chinese Zodiac and the Asian theme remain.

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June 30, 2023
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm MST