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Happy Holidays from the

Alamo Area Hospitality Association



From the bottom of our hearts, the Alamo Area Hospitality Association Board of Directors wishes you a safe and happy holiday season. 


Enjoy this time with your family and friends and be thankful for all the gifts this year has given you. 

December Holiday Luncheon at
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse


Thank you to our friends at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse for our December Holiday luncheon. The food was fabulous, as always!


Thank you also to Laurie Rush with Goen South for providing each of our members and guests with complimentary holiday photos. Great job, Laurie!



Because of the success of our luncheons and fundraising efforts, this December we were able to give away $2000 to very deserving charitable organizations.


We would like to thank the following people for joining us as we recognized their organizations. 


Dr. Thomas Cannon with the University of Texas at San Antonio Tourism Department received $1000 for tourism student scholarships.


Maria Wyatt with The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center received a $500 donation.


Pamela Taylor with the Dress for Success program also received a $500 donation as well as many beautiful coats, purses, pearls and pumps in support of her organization.  


Thank you to our generous membership base for contributing clothing and monetary donations. We truly are blessed to work with you all.


  • DuWayne Greene with Adventures in San Antonio for the donation of 1-night stay at Studio Suite Marriott Residence Inn at the Rim and 2 tickets to the Alamo Draft House.
  • Judy Sandoval with Airport Double Tree for the delicious dozen cookies
  • Ashley Williams with Six Flags Fiesta Texas for the tickets to Holiday in the Park and 2013 tickets.
  • Michelle Moon with the Witte Museum for the Witte logo umbrella and mug.
  • Erin Vauter from Natural Bridge Caverns for the passes to the Canopy Challenge
  • Debra Solsona with Country Inn & Suites for the gift basket and 1-night stay. 
  • Karen Bippert with the  Buckhorn Saloon & Museum for the donation of Buckhorn gift shop items & 4 tickets.
  • Amy Sanchez with  AIM Event & Meeting Ventures for the 1-night stay with breakfast for two at Barton Creek Resort & Spa and 2 tickets to City Base Cinema.
  • Carrie Anne Silvers with Luke for the autographed chef John Besh cook book.
  • Andrea Martinez with Hard Rock Cafe for the Hard Rock Treasure book and gift card.
  • River City Limo for the $50 cash
  • Ashley Kinney with Kirby's Steakhouse for the $75 gift certificate
  • Kim Charles for the Guinness Book of World Records book and tickets.
  • Jo Cox with Trader's Village for the 1-night stay at O'Caseys Bed & Breakfast.
  • Laurie Rush with Goen South for the Massage Heights lotions, gift card to the car wash and 2 VIP Santikos tickets & snacks
  • Pamela Whitton with Gehan Homes for the donation of the $2000 Gehan Homes upgrade certificate. 
  • David Uminski with Rio Cibolo Ranch for the donation of the 1/2 dozen mini cheesecakes, 6 personal cheesecakes, 2-night stay at Hyatt Place SA Airport, 1-night stay at Red Roof Inn downtown, 1-night stay at Zuehl Haus at Rio Cibolo Ranch and a fabulous Rio Cibolo Ranch gift basket.
  • Naomi Leissner with Alamo IMAX Theater for the IMAX Date Night package and 3 sets of San Antonio symphony tickets for Sunday, December 23.  

January 17-20, 2013


Modeled on the wildly popular Manhattan Cocktail Classic and New Orleans' Tales of the Cocktail event, San Antonio's own Cocktail Conference was the first of its kind in Texas. Every year it brings together top bartenders and cocktail aficionados for four days of educational seminars, guided tastings and cocktail parties. Conference proceeds benefit HeartGift San Antonio.

For more information on tickets and a schedule of events, visit the official San Antonio Cocktail Conference website,






Happy 20th Anniversary to the Valero Alamo Bowl!! The anniversary game will be held on Saturday, December 29 in beautiful downtown San Antonio. The Valero Alamo Bowl will have hosted 20 bowl games and three Big 12 Football Championship games in the Alamodome in San Antonio since 1993. These 23 games have attracted over 1.35 million spectators (over 50% are out-of-town visitors), generated a direct economic impact in excess of $380 million, contributed over $70 million to higher education, distributed $1,000,000 in local scholarship funds and been viewed by over 155 million national television viewers on ESPN and ABC.


The Texas Longhorns and the Oregon State Beavers face off in the 20th anniversary game on Saturday, December 29 at the Alamodome. Visit the official Valero Alamo Bowl website for all your ticket and game day information.




Are you a Longhorn or a Beaver fan? Well get in the football spirit at your very own Valero Alamo Bowl Tail Gate Party!


Back Stage Live and the Ice Storage Building at 1305 E. Houston are just two of locations available for "tailgating" at the Valero Alamo Bowl. If you are interested in participating, please visit the website below for details.




The touring exhibit makes its Texas debut at the Witte Museum.


The 6,420-year-old "Detmold Child," a baby crocodile, felines from the Ptolemaic period (332-30 BC), a dramatically accessorized howler monkey, and a boot-clad nobleman are among the 150 intentionally and naturally preserved specimens that make "Mummies of the World" the largest exhibition of real human and animal mummies and related artifacts ever assembled. Sparked by the 2004 discovery of 20 human mummies in the basement of the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany (and the resulting research endeavor, the German Mummy Project), "Mummies of the World" marks a massive collaboration between 21 museums, organizations, and collections from seven countries. 



Thru January 27, Sundays, noon-5 p.m.

Mondays, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.;

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.


The Witte Museum

3801 Broadway

(210) 357-1900



The Nation's Premier High School All-Star Football Game comes to the Alamo Dome on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. 

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the nation's premier high school football game, featuring the best 90 players in a classic East vs. West match-up every January in San Antonio's Alamodome and broadcast live on NBC. Last year's U.S. Army All-American Bowl marked the 12th anniversary of the game and drew a record crowd of 39,011.  


Building upon the extraordinary players and incredible moments featured during each of the previous U.S. Army All-American Bowls, this year's Bowl promises to provide the thousands in attendance, and millions more watching on NBC, an unforgettable look at the future of college and professional football.   


The history and tradition of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl is unparalleled, highlighted by Heisman Trophy winners and more than 200 NFL players counted among its alumni. Throughout the years, the game has featured the nation's most elite football players, providing a launching pad for college and NFL stars such as Andrew Luck, Jamaal Charles, Percy Harvin, and Patrick Peterson.


The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, comprising of 125 of the nation's finest young marching band musicians, will perform live during halftime at the Alamodome.



It's time for the first luncheon of the New Year! The January luncheon will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the Saltgrass Steakhouse located downtown at 502 E. Riverwalk Street, San Antonio, TX 78205.


A speaker from The San Antonio Rodeo will be joining us to talk about the 2013 Rodeo concert line-up and all the fun upcoming events. So put on your boots and cowboy hat and join us for some fun!


If for some reason you are not on the monthly luncheon invitation list, please contact email Ashley Williams or call (210) 697-5457. 


  • Recap of the Holiday Luncheon at Fleming's
  • SA Cocktail Conference
  • Valero Alamo Bowl
  • U.S. Army All-American Bowl
  • "Mummies of the World"
  • January Luncheon details
Let's Get to Know........

Name:  Stephanie Farias


Title:  Managing Partner


Company:  Texican Gifts


Phone: 210-381-0096



How long in position: Two years in March


Fave SA Restaurant:  Dough


Fave SA Tourist Attraction: SA Botanical Gardens; Enchanted Springs Ranch at Christmas time


Fave adult beverage: Diet Coke, champagne, red wine


Fave SA Bar: Not now- I have a 15 month old


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