ASAE Foundation's The Classic - Annual Meeting & Expo 2016

ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition 2016

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Salt Lake City, UT, August 13–16, 2016

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Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Palace
Convention Center

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ASAE Foundation's The Classic

Monday, August 15
SOLD OUT: VIP Reception | 6:00–7:30 p.m.
General Admission | 7:30–10:00 p.m.

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The Classic


Grand America Hotel

A Night with the Sundance Film Festival

ASAE Foundation’s The Classic will kick off with a VIP reception in the courtyard of downtown Salt Lake’s posh Grand America Hotel. The theme of the evening is A Night with the Sundance Film Festival. The largest independent film festival in the United States, Sundance was the genesis for the indie film movement, and Salt Lake is home to the festival’s longest running venue.

VIPs will arrive on red carpet through a private entrance, with paparazzi bulbs flashing and social media buzzing. Iconic Sundance films will inspire the ambience and dining experiences at three distinct micro-events:

  • Big Night: traditional Italian
  • Once: rustic bohemian Irish
  • Whiplash: gritty New York City

As the VIP party concludes, a spotlit professional jazz percussionist will perform the Whiplash drum scene to wide eyes and dropped jaws.

The main event will follow in the Grand America’s Ballroom. In true Sundance fashion, guests should wear black—and this doesn’t mean black tie; it means “PIB” (People in Black, a local acronym used to denote super-serious Sundancers).

Dining stations made from actual film props will serve up food and drinks inspired by such Sundance classics as Run Lola Run, Napoleon Dynamite, Pulp Fiction, Chocolat, and 4 Weddings and a Funeral.

A video DJ will ensure the true Sundance Festival vibe, and will showcase iconic independent film dance moments (think Napoleon Dynamite’s epic talent-show solo). After plenty of mood-setting dance scenes from some of independent films’ best, the party steps it up with some great live music.

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The Bacon Brothers

We’ll wrap up the Classic with an independent-themed performance from the Bacon Brothers. It’s a little-known fact, but Kevin Bacon’s breakout movie ‘Footloose’ was filmed just a few minutes south of Salt Lake—and while dancing was prohibited early in the movie, we’re celebrating the end of the movie, so you better bring your dancing shoes. Kevin and his older brother Michael have been playing together in their hometown of Philly since the 60’s, and the Bacon Brothers have been together as a band since 1995 with seven albums to their name. According to the New Yorker, “Hollywood hangs like an albatross around the neck of any movie star turned musician, but this duo shakes off the burden of fame with a sharply executed rock that has a blue-collar, rootsy edge.”



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All proceeds benefit the ASAE Foundation, advancing association and nonprofit leadership.



NOTE: The Classic, Salt Lake Area Adventure Tours, Community Connections, ASAE Foundation's Golf/Tennis, and the 5K Fun Run/Walk are fundraising activities to support the Utah Food Bank, because of this, we are unable to refund tickets.  However, these tickets are fully transferrable.

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Thank you to our event sponsor ASAE-Endorsed Business Solutions.


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