Special Events

NFDA is grateful to our host city for providing such an amazing venue for our annual convention and expo.

All times shown are in Eastern Time Zone.

Saturday, October 8

7:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. | Dover Port Mortuary Orientation


Dover Port Mortuary Orientation

Group #1* bus leaves the convention center at 7 a.m. with orientation beginning at 9 a.m. at Dover.
Group #2* bus leaves the convention center at 10 a.m. with orientation beginning at 12 p.m. at Dover.
Orientations are 90 minutes.

Dover Air Force Base (AFB) is located in the “First State” at the center of the Delmarva-Delaware, Maryland and Virginia - Peninsula. Dover AFB is home to the Department of Defense’s largest aerial port and approximately 11,000 Airmen and joint service members, civilians and families. Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations is charged with fulfilling the nation’s sacred commitment of ensuring dignity, honor and respect to the fallen and care, service and support to their families. Join us for an on-site, guided experience exploring our nation’s one-of-a-kind Dover Port Mortuary.

Price: $40 bus fare
Dress: Casual

Registration for this event is closed.

7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Volunteer Opportunity: Habitat for Humanity


Habitat for Humanity

Join NFDA as we help Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake improve a Baltimore community and make home ownership a reality for a local family. There are three easy ways to support Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake:

  • Volunteer for the day
  • Donate
  • Sponsor the build

To make a donation or to sponsor this event, download the Habitat for Humanity online donation and sponsorship form.

Sunday, October 9

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Annual Funeral Service Foundation Golf Classic*


22nd Annual Funeral Service Foundation Golf Classic

SOLD OUT

Shotgun start (scramble format)
Motor coach departs from the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor at 6:15 a.m.

Now in it’s 22nd year, the Funeral Service Foundation’s Annual Golf Classic has raised more than $1.5 million in support of its mission to invest in people and programs that strengthen funeral service and lift up grieving communities.

Gather a foursome* of friends, colleagues and clients for the annual Funeral Service Foundation Golf Classic. This year’s event takes place at the world-class Whiskey Creek Golf Club, located 45 minutes from downtown Baltimore.

Both the bold and the cautious golfer will find a route on this honest – yet dramatic – course, designed by J. Michael Poellot and Ernie Els. Each hole challenges a player’s shot-making ability and offers risks and rewards.

Strategic and creative shots will fare best on this dynamic course, which features several elevated tees, a fairway forking around the stone ruins of an old farmhouse, and a free-flowing creek. Dramatic views of the Catoctin Mountains and an all-around spectacular setting make Whiskey Creek’s beauty and play unforgettable.

If you would like to be added to the wait list for Golf, please contact Heather Stampfli at hstampfli@funeralservicefoundation.org. Thank you!

3:30 - 4:30 P.M. | Professional Women's Conference Reconnect


Women Making Waves in Baltimore

If you didn’t want the Professional Women’s Conference to end, you’re not alone!  Let’s reconnect in Baltimore with special guest Annette March-Grier.  It’s time to mingle, network and share some refreshments with other women in funeral service. This unique event is generously sponsored by NGL.

Location: The Camden Terrace, Level 300
Admission: RSVP to Christina Von Den Bergh at cvondenbergh@nfda.org or 262-814-1563.

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5 - 5:30 P.M. | First Timers Reception


First Timers Reception

We want your first NFDA International Convention & Expo to be confusion-free, valuable, and enjoyable. Join us at the First Timers Reception to meet and mingle with NFDA staff and Board members who will provide guidance as you navigate your first show. This complimentary event will include beer, wine, and light appetizers. Head over to Power Plant Live main entrance and we'll guide you over to Leinie Lodge.

Location: Power Plant Live at Leinie Lodge
Admission: RSVP to Morgan Schlender at mschlender@nfda.org or 262-814-1572.

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Welcome Party


Welcome Party

Take a trip to the world of leg warmers, neon, and totally awesome music. Get ready to flashdance in Charm City with an evening of laughter, friendship and refreshments. Enjoy live music by 80’s cover band The Reagan Years, plus appetizers, a cash bar and mingling with friends, old and new.

Location: Power Plant Live
Dress: Casual
Admission: Convention Badge
Pick up your badge at the registration desks located on Level 2 on Saturday, October 8 from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Sunday, October 9 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free to all registered attendees.

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Monday, October 10

4 - 5 P.M. | All Star Ceremony


All Star Ceremony

Celebrate the shining stars of funeral service as NFDA recognizes funeral homes that earned the 2022 NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award and NFDA’s Green Funeral Practice Certificate. We’ll also honor those individuals who earned certification through NFDA’s Cremation Certification program; new NFDA Certified Preplanning Consultants; Funeral Service Foundation scholarship and award recipients; 2022-23 National Emerging Leaders Program participants; and APFSP Certified Funeral Service Practitioners. 

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Tuesday, October 11

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Service of Remembrance


Service of Remembrance Military Heritage: Reflection of Service and Sacrifice

Every day, our service members selflessly put their lives on the line to keep us safe and protect our freedom. The primary mission of Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations is to fulfill the nation’s sacred commitment of ensuring dignity, honor and respect to the fallen and care, service and support to their families. Join us in exploring the customs associated with honoring the lives of our fallen and honoring the memory of funeral service family members who died this year.

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5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Funeral Directors Under 40 Party


The Raven’s Rave Axe-throwing Event: Funeral Directors Under 40 Party

We throw a party by throwing axes! After a day at the convention center, you’ll definitely want to join your under-40 colleagues to socialize and unwind. Enjoy a private arena and dedicated team of axe coaches to teach you and your colleagues the ropes safely! Ticket price includes two drink tickets, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and an axe-throwing lesson by Kraken Axes’ coaches. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, step into the arena and test your axethrowing skills. Who will end up as the AXE MASTER?

Location: Kraken Axes
Price: $60
Dress: Casual; Closed-toed shoes required.

Wednesday, October 12

10:30 - 11:15 a.m. | Funeral Face-off Trivia Contest


Championship Round: Funeral Face-off Trivia Contest

Join us for NFDA's inaugural funeral professionals’ trivia challenge. Create a team and test your funeral knowledge for prizes, bragging rights, and convention trivia immortality. Four-person teams will compete in four rounds of funeral trivia with questions provided by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Sign up and see if your team has what it takes to hoist the NFDA's Funeral Face-off Cup.  

Each round will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

  • Play-in Round (if needed): Participants will need to check in at the NFDA Live stage area to complete  questions on Monday, October 10 between 6 a.m. - 12 p.m. The top eight teams will advance.
  • Round 1: Participants will need to check in at the NFDA Live stage area to complete round 1 questions on Monday, October 10 between 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Round 2: Participants will need to check in at the NFDA Live stage area to complete round 2 questions on Tuesday, October 11 between 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. The top two teams will advance to the championship round.
  • Championship Round: Moderated by A Brush with Death podcast host, Gabe Schauf, the top two teams will answer questions from the NFDA Live stage on Wednesday, October 12 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Separate registration required

Deadline to register is Monday, October 3. 

  • Teams of 4 required, but individuals can sign up if interested.
  • Individual registrants will be assigned a team.
  • Teams will be sent a confirmation email with further contest information. 
  • Teams must be present and win for each trivia round at the International Convention and Expo to participate.
  • The event is open to convention attendees EXCEPT current full-time Funeral Service Educators.
  • Trivia questions are provided by American Board of Funeral Service Educators.

Questions? Contact Gabe Schauf at gschauf@nfda.org.

Register Your Team
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6:30 – 9 p.m. | Closing Celebration at the National Aquarium


Closing Party

Ranked as one of the nation’s top three aquariums, the National Aquarium offers awe-inspiring and award-winning exhibits that are sure to wow you. Located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, you can take in views of the harbor while exploring the aquarium. 

Dress: Casual
Price: $100 per adult; $50 per youth (ages 3-12); children ages 2 and younger are free.
Fee includes hosted bar, dinner and access to the aquarium. 

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