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July 2012

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A huge thank you to all of you who donated reading and activity books for the children.  On June 27th, David Uminski and Annette Conrad, Community Outreach Chairs for AAHA delivered those items to Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital Downtown San Antonio.  The books will be distributed to multiple libraries throughout the hospital.  These activity books will be enjoyed by children of all ages.  Thank you so much to all of those who supported this project and we look forward to another great one in the future.

July luncheon at Toscana Ristorante


Thank you to our friends at Toscana Ristorante for our July luncheon. Our featured guest speaker was Marisse McDermott.


Marise McDermott has 26 years experience in cultural arts, most recently as President and CEO of the Witte Museum, since 2004. McDermott was Executive Director of the History Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and prior, Director of the Humanities Center at the Witte Museum from 1989-96.  Currently, as President and CEO of the Witte, McDermott is focusing on the $60 million campus expansion, with the newly opened Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center and the planned New Witte expansion. McDermott was founding Chair of Luminaria, and also serves on the San Antonio River Oversight Committee, Midtown/Brackenridge TIRZ Board and is currently Chair of the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Commission.  McDermott's presentation was on the importance and impact of cultural arts in San Antonio.  McDermott also highlighted the growth and significance of the art and history institutions along the Broadway Reach.  Much work will be done in the coming years to brand the Broadway Reach to bring a broader awareness in the community and for tourists about the museums, zoo, and gardens along this very important corridor that reaches just north of the downtown area. 


A special thank you to our generous door prize contributors:

  • Shelley Reynolds with Historic Texas Tours for the donation of admission tickets
  • Ashley Kinney with Kirby's Prime Steakhouse for the donation of a $40 gift card
  • Barbara Powell with Big Apple bagels for the donation of the gift certificate
  • James Kinney with Splashtown for the donation of two tickets to the water park
  • Richard Blatchley with the County Line and Barriba Cantina for the donation of lunch
  • Caryn Hasslocher with Fresh Horizons Creative Catering for the donation of lunch at the Jingu House
  • Ashley Mitchell with Six Flags Fiesta Texas for the donation of park admission tickets
  • Carrie Ann Silver with Lüke Riverwalk for the donation of the gift certificate
  • Karen Bippert with the Buckhorn Saloon & Texas Ranger Museum for the donation of admission tickets
  • Janie Droemer with Ripleys Believe It or Not! for the donation of admission tickets
  • Cathy Sigler & Lisa Lopez with Caprice Productions for the donation of the gift bag
  • Ray Martinez with SeaWorld San Antonio for the donation of park admission tickets
  • Lianna Flores with T Bar M Resort & Conference Center for the donation of the gift certificate
Six Flags' Rattler slithers away August 5  
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Enjoy this Crackaxle Canyon landmark one last time before August 5 as we bid farewell to this Fiesta Texas icon.  Come out and experience the classic wooden coaster through nearly a mile of high-speed turns, looping twists and breathtaking drops as the Rattler prepares for last riders! The Rattler debuted at Fiesta Texas when the park opened in 1992, heralding it then as the only coaster at the park and delighting guests with a distinctive wooden coaster experience.

Become part of Fiesta Texas' history and ride the Rattler again before it slithers away on Sunday, August 5.

  • Snake through nearly a mile of high-speed twists and turns
  • Experience the pulse-pounding terror of an old-school wooden coaster
  • Turn a mind-numbing double helix off the sheer face of the canyon cliff

Circuit of the Americas 

Formula One 

Volunteer Opportunity

The Formula 1 United States Grand Prix is coming to Austin and it will impact San Antonio's hotels, attractions, and local economy. We want visitors, both national and international to have a great "experience" in the San Antonio area. We invite you to VOLUNTEER! Are you ready to help us bring quality worldwide sporting events  to the region, including The Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, November 16 - 18, 2012?The Host Committee is looking for dedicated individuals who are passionate about San Antonio and Texas. Join as a volunteer to help San Antonio and the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) create a regional volunteer base interested in working with sports and entertainment organizations.

Sign up for volunteer opportunities in San Antonio: Please provide name, email and phone number to Linda Winchester by emailing her here.  (You will be notified via email once selection process is complete and needed activities are finalized.)


Sign up to volunteer in Austin at by clicking here.  Sign Up deadline: Sunday August 5, 2012.



Leon Coffee Benefit


Leon Coffee Benefit at 

Enchanted Springs Ranch

Saturday August 11, 2012 

Time: 5:30PM - 8:30PM


Leon Coffee has saved many-a-cowboys from angry bulls over the years, but that is just the beginning for this rodeo clown. Coffee has been part of the rodeo circuit for over 40 years. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, has many movie credits to his name, and was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2004.


Unfortunately, Leon was sidelined back in March when he was diagnosed with spinal meningitis. After going through an extensive spinal surgery, Coffee is recovering at his home in Blanco. Thankfully his health is improving, but without health insurance, Leon and his family have been left with overwhelming medical bills.


$29.50 plus tax for adults
$19.00 plus tax for kids ages 3-12
$10.00 plus tax for kids under 3
(Proceeds go to help Leon Coffee.)


Reservations Required by 11:00am CST on day of event 


The Chuck Wagon Dinner evening will begin at 5:30 pm and will include dinner, ranch activities, and a Wild West Show featuring Pistol Packin' Paula. You will be greeted by our Cowboys and Woodrow, the longhorn steer. As you stroll through town, you will experience a feeling of being transported back in time. A tractor pulled wagon will take you through our Wild Animal Park to see longhorn cattle, zebras, and many other exotics. Live western music will play throughout the night and while you are eating you will enjoy a variety of entertainment.


Dinner includes barbeque brisket, sausage, potato salad, cole slaw, beans, bread and a dessert. Complimentary water, iced tea, and coffee are provided along with a cash beer and wine bar.

Call (830) 249-8222 ext 203 or email Pam by clicking here. For more information click benefit.

Restaurant Week San Antonio   

Presented by Culinaria and the San Antonio CVB. Over 30 restaurants will be represented.  View the website for the complete list of participating restaurants.

Purchase your tickets online at Eventbrite or select event tickets are available at H-E-B stores in San Antonio.

B.B. King LIVE at the Majestic Theatre
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Time: 7:00PM

In music, from the 1950's throughout 1990's, there has been only one King of the Blues - Riley B. King, affectionately known as B.B. King. Since B.B. started recording in the late 1940's, he has released over 60 albums many of them considered blues classics and earning him countless awards. B.B. King will bring his most prized possession "Lucille" to the stage at Majestic Theater on Sunday, August 19 at 7pm.


Tickets for B.B. King ($75.00 - $60.00) will be available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Majestic Theatre Box Office, online at ticketmaster or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.


For more information visit B.B. King or Majestic.

"Pulling for Kids" Charity Clay Shoot

Saturday, August 25, 2012 

"Pulling for Kids" Charity Clay Shoot benefitting the Alzafar Shriners at the National Shooting Complex

100 Bird Sporting Clays and 100 Bird Skeet & Trap (50 each) Charity Fundraiser benefiting Shriners Texas Children's Hospital.  For event information contact J.D. Thomas or visit the website

River City Run


Husband and wife team Tina and Tommy Stohlhandske are the owners and creators of River City Run; a new running tour of downtown San Antonio.  River City Run is a 5K running tour offered every Saturday and Sunday morning at 8AM.  They run at a pace that is comfortable for all runners (9-10 minute/mile) and stop 15 times along the way to share 2-3 minutes of historical and interesting information about 18 different landmarks.   You can see more information about their run by visiting their website.  Find them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter at @RiverCityRunSA.

Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe

The Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Western Art Museum is
San Antonio's most exciting new venue. With a premiere location on the banks of the San Antonio River Walk, the Jack Guenther Pavilion offers three floors of customizable indoor space perfect for meetings, conferences, galas, fundraisers, cocktail hours and more! If you are looking for an outdoor location, the McNutt Courtyard is the perfect oasis for you and your guests to enjoy.  Surrounded by lush foliage and direct access to the Jack Guenther Pavilion's Riverview Room and River Walk, the McNutt Courtyard provides a gorgeous retreat to celebrate any special occasion.
For tours contact Elvi Schwandt or call (210) 299-4499.
Beethoven Maennerchor Gartenfest 

Friday, August 17
Time: 5:00PM - Midnight

Join us in the garten for German entertainment and food.  Suggested donation is $5 (free for members & active duty military).


Beethoven Halle und Garten

422 Pereida St.

San Antonio TX, 78210


This event is accessible to people with disabilities.

August Luncheon

Our August monthly luncheon will be held on Thursday, August 16th at the Guenther House at 205 East Guenther Street.

Keep an eye open to RSVP through your invitation via Cvent.

If for some reason you are not on the monthly luncheon invitation list; please contact Ashley Mitchell or by phone at (210) 697-5457.

The Alamo Area Hospitality Association extends a warm welcome to our newest members:

Rhonda Short with Network IP


Kimberly Straughan with the San Antonio and Austin Wedding Guide

Let's Get to Know........

Name: George Bustos
Title: Sales & Event Manager
Company: Howl At The Moon
Phone: (210) 212-4770
Email: george.bustos@howlatthemoon.com
How long have you been in your position: Two years.  I started as the Promotions Manager.
Where are you from: I'm a native of San Antonio.  I went to Catholic schools my entire life and graduated from Antonian High School.  
Education: I have a BS in Public Relations from UTSA and a Master of Arts from the University of Miami
Marital status: Single
Children: A son, Cade who is 5 yrs. old
Favorite SA restaurant: I love BBQ but have recently fallen in love with the brand new Yogurt Zone in Stone Oak.
Favorite SA tourist attraction: The Zoo
Favorite SA place to hang out: Howl At The Moon
Favorite adult beverage: Spicy rum
Favorite SA bar: HATM of course
How long have you been associated with AAHA: 2 years
What has been the most helpful about being associated with AAHA: It has helped me connect with local business leaders not only from the business perspective but in developing friendships as well. I have the ability to pick up the phone to other members and get a quick reply.  
How is AAHA doing: I really like the communication aspect and how open we all can be with one another. I think the association has strong leadership and the association has really taken control of it's social media. AAHA does a great job of keeping it's members informed. It's great that we have such a diverse demographic of members from the new and inexperienced to the seasoned and experienced.
What can AAHA improve upon: I like things the way they are; however I would attempt to increase the membership further and look for ways to get other businesses and other areas of San Antonio involved.  The more the merrier.

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