Event Partnerships and Donations


The Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation, is pleased to offer several marketing opportunities for the year, giving interested partners the chance to plan in advance and allocate their marketing budget more effectively.
 
Foundation events are featured below, along with a description of the opportunity, its objective, the designated marketing contribution and the return on investment to be obtained by the partner. Opportunities are offered for any size marketing budget.
 
We would be happy to help you identify those that would best suit your marketing objectives. Please contact Patti Colley at (405) 942-6462 ext. 229 or (800) 375-8181 ext. 229 with any questions!
 


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The Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association is excited to bring you a new opportunity in which to engage. The HospitAbilities Certification is a new program created in a partnership between the Oklahoma Restaurant Association and Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association. It is a skills-based hospitality certification for individuals with intellectual, emotional or physical disabilities. It was created to meet a major need in the Hospitality community in Oklahoma. The largest issue in our industry right now is workforce related, specifically in the areas of employee pool and entry level turnover. Statistics show that students who fit in the category of Ability 1(disabled), when trained well, will not only be great employees but they will STAY.

We learned there were Ability 1 students learning entry level hospitality skills through a program called Service Careers but that currently there was no formal curriculum or certification for that program. After evaluating the need, both Associations decided to partner together to launch the 18 essential service skills HospitAbilties program, which includes Industry-Endorsed Certification, Classroom Curriculum, Job Placement Assistance and Employer Training/Support. There are a variety of choices from or rolling silverware to dicing an onion or making a bed. In order to pass the certification a student must choose 7 skills to complete. Students are have the opportunity to test in April and November each year.

One of the definitions of hospitality is a friendly and generous welcome. As leaders in Oklahoma’s hospitality community, we are dedicated and look forward to welcoming students with their HospitAbilities certification into our workforce and want to encourage them on their journey to be hospitality superstars and ambassadors!

Champion - $5,000
  • You personally contribute to the success of these students your business may identify a team member to help proctor student certifications when we certify twice annually.
  • Opportunity to make a short presentation at HospitAbilities program education and industry learning sessions.
  • Your business logo on all HospitAbilities student completion certificates.
  • Your business logo on all HospitAbilities program materials.
  • Verbal recognition at all HospitAbilities program education and certification events.
  • Your business logo on the HospitAbilities program landing page of the ORA website.
  • One social media post on your behalf recognizing your partnership.
Advocate - $2,500
  • Your business logo on all HospitAbilities program materials.
  • Verbal recognition at all HospitAbilities program education, certification and events.
  • Your business logo on the HospitAbilities program landing page of the ORA website.
  • One social media post on your behalf recognizing your partnership.
Supporter - $1,000
  • Your business logo on all HospitAbilities program materials.
  • Your business logo on the HospitAbilities program landing page of the ORA website.
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Plan to support the first event of the new year Hospitality Day at the Capitol & "A Tasteful Affair" Legislative Reception - and help us mark the start of Oklahoma's legislative session! 
The hospitality industry is the driving force in Oklahoma's economy, generating enormous tax revenues, providing jobs for hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans, and giving time and money back to their communities. At the same time, it’s vital that we maintain good relations with legislators so that our perspective on various bills and issues is given thoughtful consideration.

In February, members of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association, Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association, and Oklahoma Travel Industry Association will join forces for Hospitality Day at the Capitol, where we will spend time speaking to legislators about issues facing our industry. 

Later that evening, you’ll mingle with more than 600 members and legislators while we do what we do best - demonstrate Oklahoma hospitality - at a bigger and better-than-ever "A Tasteful Affair" Legislative Reception. "A Tasteful Affair" features more than 20 of Oklahoma's finest restaurants showcasing their culinary tastings at what is heralded as the state’s most successful and best attended legislative reception.

“A Tasteful Affair” Reception Gold Partner - $1,650
  • Invitation to join forces with members of the association at our state Capitol to speak to legislators about issues facing our industry.
  • 10 registrations to "A Tasteful Affair" Legislative Reception
  • Your partnership will be promoted through our digital marketing efforts on the event screens, in A' la Carte e-News, as well as the website event page, in pre-event and post-event marketing through our ORA Restaurateur magazine.
“A Tasteful Affair” Reception Silver Partner - $1,000
  • Invitation to join forces with members of the association at our state Capitol to speak to legislators about issues facing our industry.
  • 4 registrations to "A Tasteful Affair" Legislative Reception
  • Your partnership will be promoted through our digital marketing efforts on the event screens, in A' la Carte e-News, as well as the website event page, in pre-event and post-event marketing through our ORA Restaurateur magazine.
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The OH&LA Lodging Summit is the industry’s largest event and brings together the “movers and shakers” in our industry. Network and display your products and services during the OH&LA Vendor Expo to approximately 250 lodging industry professionals including owners, operators, general managers and their key staff. This event consists of the board of directors annual dinner, industry educational sessions, board of directors meeting, vendor expo, silent auction and Stars of the Industry Awards luncheon.  

Luncheon Sponsor - $6,500
Your sponsorship marketing investment provides your company with:
  • Opportunity for you to greet attendees with a short welcome address about your company, and to provide a promotional brochure
  • Event registration and preferred seating for four at the Stars of the Industry Award Luncheon
  • One 6’ display table at the OH&LA Vendor Expo
  • Invitation for two to the OH&LA Board of Director’s Dinner the evening prior to the event* (additional tickets may be purchased for $75 per person)
  • Your company logo printed on pre/onsite/post event promotional materials (if confirmed before print date)
Exhibitor / Event Partner - $650 Member rate
Exhibitor / Event Partner - $900 Non-member rate


Your sponsorship marketing investment provides your company with:
  • One 6’ display table at the OH&LA Vendor Expo
  • Event Registration and two seats at the Stars of the Industry Luncheon
  • Your company logo printed on pre/onsite/post event promotional materials (if confirmed before print date)
  • Exhibitor/Partner recognition in the post-event OH&LA online newsletter
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The tax-deductable contributions individuals and companies give to the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation can change the lives of Oklahoma youth inspired by the hospitality industry. Please consider giving a gift!
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Want to each not only the foodservice industry, but Oklahoma's two largest dining communities? Growing in popularity, our two Odyssey fundraising and awareness dinners are held to benefit the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation 501(c)3. Five top chefs from Oklahoma City and five top chefs from Tulsa, each create an elegant evening of delicious food and fine wine to support hospitality education. Culinary students are selected from Oklahoma ProStart® to learn and gain experience alongside the chefs. This is the ORA's only event open to the public and more than 380 people are in attendance. All contributions are deductible as allowed by law.

Master Chef Partner - $5,250
  • Receive the benefits of a Master Chef Partner, which includes one table of 10 to each Odyssey dinner location; a framed Odyssey poster autographed and presented by participating chefs
  • Your partner logo on promotional materials to include invitations and check presenters.
  • Your partnership will be promoted through our digital marketing efforts on the competition screens, in A' la Carte e-News, as well as the website event page, in pre-event and post-event marketing through our ORA Restaurateur magazine.


Executive Chef Partner - $2,750
  • 8 seats to use at one Odyssey dinner location or to share between dinner location.
  • Your partner logo on promotional materials to include invitations and check presenters.
  • Your partnership will be promoted through our digital marketing efforts on the competition screens, in A' la Carte e-News, as well as the website event page, in pre-event and post-event marketing through our ORA Restaurateur magazine.


Sous Chef Partner - $1,250
  • 4 seats to use at one Odyssey dinner location or to share between dinner locations.
  • Your partner logo on promotional materials to include invitations and check presenters.
  • Your partnership will be promoted through our digital marketing efforts on the competition screens, in A' la Carte e-News, as well as the website event page, in pre-event and post-event marketing through our ORA Restaurateur magazine.


Mentor Chef Partner - $625
  • 2 seats to one Odyssey dinner location or to share between dinner locations.
  • Your partner logo on promotional materials to include invitations and check presenters.
  • Your partnership will be promoted through our digital marketing efforts on the competition screens, in A' la Carte e-News, as well as the website event page, in pre-event and post-event marketing through our ORA Restaurateur magazine.
Purchase an OKWIL raffle ticket when you process your registration and be eligible to win one or more specialty baskets and support the Oklahoma Chapter of Women in Lodging. Each year, OKWIL raises funds to support member and community outreach projects like sending a member to the AHLA Legislative Action Summit or supporting Dress for Success and the Homeless Alliance. As this is still a very important fundraiser for the chapter, we encourage you to purchase tickets in advance online because they WILL NOT be sold onsite.  
1 ticket $5
3 tickets $10
6 tickets $20
20 tickets $50
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Each quarter, OH&LA general managers and lodging owners meet to discuss Oklahoma focused industry issues and initiatives. This is your opportunity to be the exclusive sponsor of our lunch program in Tulsa, held in conjunction with the OH&LA Quarterly Meeting.

The return on investment for your $1,500 investment will be:
  • Promotion as the Exclusive Partner of the luncheon. Promotion will take place via pre-event and post-event online announcements as well as onsite during the luncheon.
  • A 3-minute presentation followed by your introduction of our lunch program speaker
  • The opportunity to place your promotional materials on the lunch tables for attendees
  • Registration for two members of your team and preferred seating during the lunch
  • A list of attendees and their contact information after the event.
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The OH&LA presents this Annual Award Competition, which was created to honor the outstanding professionals in Oklahoma’s lodging industry. The awards are presented to individuals and properties that epitomize the service and spirit of our industry. This competition is open to all OH&LA member properties; independent or franchise, and their employees. The Stars of the Industry Awards will be presented at a luncheon during the OH&LA Lodging Summit and Vendor Expo.

Stars of the Industry Awards Category Partnership - $1,250 (Eleven available)
  • Partner recognition on all promotional information regarding the event including being listed as a specific category sponsor. The right to present your category’s award to a worthy recipient, on stage at the Stars of the Industry Awards Luncheon (held in conjunction with Annual Members’ Day)
  • An invitation for two to the annual OH&LA Board of Directors Dinner held the evening prior to the luncheon
  • A complimentary display table in the OH&LA Allied Showcase
  • Preferred seating for two at the Stars of the Industry Awards Luncheon
  • Your company logo promoted on the screen presentation, and pre and post-event promotion