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Originally published: 2014-02-27 10:18:40
Last modified: 2014-02-27 10:18:40

Wedding Expo to assist brides-to-be and Hospitality House

The High Country Wedding Expo, presented by the Association of Consultants & Event Services specialists, will be unveiled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the Appalachian State University Summit Trail Solarium.

"The wedding expo is the perfect place for all current, future and dreaming-to-be brides to visit all her prospective wedding vendors in one space. Attendees will get to see the dresses, taste the cakes, hear the music and smell the flowers, all the while benefitting hungry neighbors in need, as 100 percent of admission ($8 or five canned or dry good items) goes directly to Hospitality House," according to event organizers. 

The wedding expo will feature more than 70 High Country businesses that specialize in weddings and corporate events. Caterers and restaurants will be there with food to sample, photographers will be on hand displaying their work and a fashion show will be presented by South's Specialty Clothiers and Did Someone Say Party?

"It is important to ACES that we give back to our community," Elizabeth Hempfling, ACES president, said. "While the High Country is home to some of the most scenic locales and experienced event professionals, we also have the third highest rate of poverty in North Carolina. Positioning the wedding expo as a hunger-relief event is our way of helping to bridge that gap and provide some much needed assistance." 

This year's expo also serves as the kickoff event for the Hospitality House Feinstein Challenge, running from March 1 to April 30. Hospitality House has once again partnered with the Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation, which will divide $1 million among hunger-fighting organizations across America, to help fight hunger in the High Country.  

At the conclusion of the challenge, Hospitality House will receive a partial match grant from the Feinstein Foundation based on the amount of funds and food raised during this time. During the challenge, each food item is counted as $1 and every dollar is eligible for the partial matching funds. 

"We are so grateful to ACES for once again making Hospitality House the beneficiary of the wedding expo," Todd Carter, Hospitality House director of development, said. "Last year's expo raised over $1,000 and 600 pounds of food, making it the perfect way to kick off our Feinstein challenge."

For more information on the High Country Wedding Expo, visit or contact Hempfling at (  

To learn more about Hospitality House or to contribute to the Feinstein challenge, visit or contact  Carter at (828) 264-1237, ext. 107