AFPD’s 96th Annual Trade Dinner

February 24, 2012 / BY / IN Blog, Event Management

Date: February 24, 2012

Location:  Diamond Center at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI

Guests: 1,000

Description:  The 96th Annual AFPD Trade Dinner & Ball provided a memorable evening for membership and previewed an exciting year to come for AFPD in Michigan and Ohio.

Taking full advantage of the lively “Monopoly” theme, AFPD treated the 1,000 guests to a room decorated with life-sized items from the popular board game.  The event included a great dinner, drinks, and dancing to a terrific band, Slight Return.

AFPD acknowledged several elected officials who attended the Trade Dinner.  AFPD Board members and sponsors were also recognized for their services to the organization. Following tradition, the passing of the gavel ceremony transferred the reins of Chairman from James Hooks to Joe Bellino Jr.

One highlight of the evening was the presentation of the “AFPD Legislator of the Year” award to Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville.  Throughout his years in the State legislature, Richardville has been a leader in economic development.  AFPD thanked him for his continued support of the independent retailer.

Members benefited from hearing about the many ways AFPD works on their behalf, and they showed their appreciation to staff and supporters.  But the real pleasure of the night was the chance to enjoy the solidarity of the organization and its members, to engage with colleagues and friends, and to recognize and celebrate the strength and vitality of AFPD and the members it serves.

Photos and more details of the event were posted in the March 2012 edition of the AFPD Bottom Line.

Event Coordinated By:

Tamar Lutz, AFPD’s Event Coordinator, AFPD staff and Steward Media

For more information call 248.521.2900 or email

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