Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hotel Booked for Reunion!!!

I am thrilled to let you know that we have been successful in solidifying a contract with the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC for the reunion this year. As such, NOW IS THE TIME to reserve your rooms! 

The dates are June 22-24th, in Washington, DC. We will have a Meet-N-Greet dinner at the Hyatt on Friday, June 22nd. We’ll provide you with more details about that in the coming weeks. There will be a few events scheduled for Saturday and a farewell “soiree” on Sunday! The deal with the hotel this year is a bit different than in years past. We actually have a contract that holds us financially responsible if the minimum is not met. As a result we have blocked off fewer rooms. We can add to them if we need to, but there is an expiration date on that! So sign up and sign up soon! Here is the info:

The hotel we have selected is the Grand Hyatt Washington.

The guest room rates are as follows:
Single occupancy $129 per night
Double occupancy $129 per night
Triple occupancy $154 per night
Quadruple occupancy $179 per night (A GREAT deal for families who want to room together!)
Regency club is an additional $60 per room per night based on availability

Note: Occupancy is based on the number of adults in the room.

The rates are GREAT given the typical DC rates and the hotel itself! It is a great location that has a metro stop (The Blue Line) right in the hotel lobby! The Blue Line on the Metro provides transportation from Reagan Airport. He location of the hotel is also excellent as it is only a four blocks from the White House and just a few more to the National Mall!

Because of the special arrangements this year, we strongly encourage families to reserve their rooms sooner rather than later. You can do this beginning Wednesday, February 15th. I will send out an email reminder with specific instructions. There will be a way for you to take care of it online with a Group ID number. You can also call the hotel directly.

While this reunion began as a reunion for families whose children were adopted through Toukoul Orphanage, Adoption Avenues and Tree of Life has changed their policy and are not using Toukoul Orphanage for the moment to complete their adoptions. As such, we want to extend the invitation of participation to all families of Adoption Avenues, Tree of Life, and Dove adoption agencies. The more, the merrier!

We are really excited about this year’s reunion! It is sure to be rich with Ethiopian and American culture; and more importantly, a wonderful opportunity for our children to celebrate all that they are!

All the best~
TAFRU Planning Committee
Debbie, Lori, Char, Diana, & Jenna