TUCKER CENTER SPOTLIGHT

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BUNNY NOCERA
Conference and Banquet Sales Manager at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center 

Q: You are in charge of event planning in the Tucker Center Meeting Rooms and Exhibition Hall. How long have you been in this line of work?
A:
I have been in this line of work for thirty-three years. I started at South Seas Plantation on Captiva Island right out of college as a marketing coordinator. I have worked in sales, catering, marketing and public relations at hotels and large event centers in the state of Florida and have been at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center for 10 years.

Q: What is your favorite part of working events at the Tucker Center?
A
: My favorite part of my work here is my clients. We rebook many events each year and the clients become my friends. I have one client who I have worked with for 10 years. She had a large dinner and it was my first one at the Tucker Center. Over the years we have hosted many of her events. I now work with her and her husband on fundraising dinner for their Church.

Q: How many Meeting Rooms are available and how many people do they hold?
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We have multiple options for meeting room space at the Civic Center. We have three small meeting rooms that hold 30-35 people each, and then we have Meeting Room A. Meeting Room A can be divided into three separate areas to hold three separate events at once and is approximately 11,000 square feet. When used as a whole, the room holds 350 people for banquets or 500 for theater style corporate events. If you wish to have Meeting Room A divided, A1 and A2 hold 70 guests each and A3 holds 200.

Q: What amenities are available to those who are looking to book an event at the Tucker Center? 
A:
We have many amenities at the Tucker Center from velvet pipe and drape to beautiful china. The best amenity is that each group is assigned an Event Manger to handle all their details from start to finish. Events are totally turnkey we handle every detail.

Q: The Exhibition Hall, which is 35,000 square feet, can be used for so many different kinds of events.  Can you give us an example of events that have been held here in the past?
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The Exhibition Hall is a large versatile area that can hold anything from home shows to formal galas and all of the in between. We have had concerts, dances, and comedy shows in there that hold 2,200 people. For dinners, the Exhibition Hall is able to seat 1,700 and can be transformed into a very elegant venue with the right decorations and lighting.

Q: It’s amazing how these rooms can be converted from event to event, what are some of the ways you are able to customize these spaces for your clients?
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Each room is setup to the client’s specifications. We have many different layouts from previous groups that give a large assortment of ideas to clients. Each client is given a CAD Layout so they can visualize the space with their own specifications. This also helps them with table assignments and seating.

Q: Can you tell us more about the linen packages that you offer for reception and banquet events? What do those include and how can I see what the options are?
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Our linen options include extremely elegant sequined glintz, lamour, pintuck, crushed shimmer, and crinkled taffeta tablecloths. We also have overlays, chair covers and sashes in many different colors, as well as chiavari chairs in crystal, silver and gold you can rent to make your event exceptionally beautiful. I have sample table setups and a book of linen swatches in my office that clients can look through and decide which options suit their event best.

Q: If I am planning an event but am unsure of which venue to hold it at, how can I set up an appointment to explore the space and the options available to me at the Tucker Center?
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Please call or email me. I will be happy to give you a tour and discuss your event. We can look at available dates and hold one for you. 

Q: I want to have a wedding at the Tucker Center, what is included in the wedding package?
A: 
All Wedding Packages include: Plated, Buffet, or Hors d’oeuvres Meals, Complimentary Champagne or Sparkling Cider for the Bride & Groom, Personal Attendant of the Bride and Groom, Complimentary Toast for the Wedding Party Table, Cake Cutting Services, Wait Staff Services, Tables, Linens, Place Settings, Dance Floor, Podium with Microphone, DJ Booth Cake Table, Gift Table, Guest Registration Table, Hospitality Room and Complimentary Parking. Please call or email me for our Silver, Gold, and Platinum Packages. 

Q: Is it possible to hold an event in the arena?
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W
e host events in the Arena when it is not being used for FSU Basketball or as a Concert Venue. It is a very unique area to eat/meet on FSU’s basketball floor and has become very popular over the years. 

Q: How do you ensure that your clients’ events will be nothing short of organized and successful?
A:
An Event Manager is assigned to every group to ensure all of the details, from food and beverage to decorations, are handled flawlessly from start to finish.

Q: What are some of your favorite events that you have helped to put on at the Tucker Center?
A: Let’s see there are so many.

 American Legion Boys State – 600 high school rising seniors from all over the state come to Tallahassee to become part of the operation of local, county and state government. We feed them Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Their classes are held in our Exhibit Hall. This is a big event for us lasting six days. Our whole staff helps with this event!

One Week Boutique – is Tallahassee’s seasonal kids’ consignment sale. The sale is held in the Exhibit Hall each Spring and Fall. This event brings our community members great deals on quality used kids items from hundreds of consignors. It is truly amazing to watch this event come together.

Leon County Press the Chest – This event is held in the Exhibit Hall. Over 800 participants from our community receive free CPR Training. CPR can double or triple a person’s chance for survival. Every year it is heartwarming to see all the participants eager and willing to learn.

PLAN YOUR NEXT EVENT AT THE TUCKER CENTER!  Contact: Bunny Nocera