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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?
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 five years.

Q: What is your favorite part of working events at the Tucker Center?
: My favorite part would have to be the people I work with, both the clients and my coworkers. I deal with a very diverse group of clients; anywhere from students and corporate executives to church pastors and brides. Coming to work is enjoyable to me because the employees here at the Civic Center are like a family; we work together so well and are very close.

Q: How many Meeting Rooms are available and how many people do they hold?
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 in the Meeting Rooms?
Each room comes with a podium and microphone, all of your tables, chairs, linens, china, glassware and silverware. Basic linens with primary color napkins are included, but other packages are available for rent.

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?
The Exhibition Hall is a large versatile area that can hold anything from boat 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?
We have floor-to-ceiling pipe and drape or 8ft pipe and drape, which can enclose the room and make it cozy and elegant for your event. We also offer a variety of linen packages for receptions and banquets that customize your event to your liking.

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?
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?
Just call me and set up an appointment and I will take you through every detail from start to finish.

  • We have wedding packages that are very reasonably priced that will make your special day everything you have ever dreamed of and more. All wedding packages include complimentary champagne for the bride and groom, a personal attendant for the bride and groom, complimentary toast for the wedding party table, wait staff services, tables, linens, place settings, the dance floor, podium and microphone, DJ booth, cake table, gift table, guest registration table, hospitality room, and complimentary parking.

Q: How do you ensure that your clients’ events will be nothing short of organized and successful?
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 types of events would you love to see come to the Tucker Center in the future
I would like to see us get more expo events, such as fashion shows, home shows, or spa and pool shows in the Exhibit Hall.