Saturday, October 26
Habitat for Humanity
7:15 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Join NFDA as we help Habitat for Humanity Chicago improve a Chicago-area community and make
home ownership a reality for a local family!
three easy ways to support Habitat for Humanity Chicago:
- Volunteer for the day
- Sponsor the build
Download the Habitat for Humanity Sponsorship/Donation Agreement for more information!
Sunday, October 27
19th Annual Foundation Golf Classic
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Topgolf, Naperville, IL
Since its 2001 inception, the Funeral Service Foundation’s
golf outing has raised more than $1 million to advance its
mission to support funeral service in building meaningful
relationships with the families and communities it serves.
Experience all the perks of our annual Golf Classic in a social, casual and exciting
atmosphere at Topgolf in Naperville, Illinois, just 40 minutes from downtown Chicago.
No matter your skill level, at Topgolf you’ll be able to take a swing and score some points
during our tournament-style golf games. You can also relax and enjoy great food and
drinks while networking with your fellow funeral service professionals. And because each
covered bay is heated, you’re guaranteed to play no matter what weather comes our way
in late October.
Want to support The Foundation, but golf isn’t your game? Join us as a spectator!
You’ll still experience all the networking and excitement of the day without the pressure to
step up to a bay and take a shot.
Registration includes transportation, tournament fees, food and beverage, golf clubs and
four hours of play in reserved bays, complete with a golf pro and tournament ambassadors
to help the day’s play run smoothly.
This year, we will once again offer a limited number of single-player registrations to licensed
funeral directors, subject to availability.
Visit FuneralServiceFoundation.org/golf to register and learn about sponsorship
Visit FuneralServiceFoundation.org/golf to register and learn about sponsorship opportunities.
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Navy Pier | 840 E. Grand Avenue
Aon Grand Ballroom
Joliet meets Chicago – NFDA-style! – at this Blues Brothers-inspired kickoff
bash! Channel your inner Jake or Elwood and reconnect with old friends
(or make some new ones) while enjoying Chicago’s most requested tribute
band – The Blooze Brothers, Chicago-inspired snacks and a cash bar.
Dress Code: Casual
Complimentary motor coach shuttles begin at 6:15 p.m.
Monday, October 28
All-Star Recognition Ceremony
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
McCormick Place Grand Ballroom
Celebrate the shining stars of funeral service as NFDA recognizes firms
that earned the 2019 NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award – including Best
of the Best recipients and Hall of Excellence inductees – and NFDA’s Green
Funeral Practice Certificate. We’ll also honor this year’s NFDA Certified
Crematory Operators, NFDA Certified Cremation Services Providers, NFDA
Certified Preplanning Consultants, the Funeral Service Foundation’s award/
scholarship recipients, and APFSP’s Certified Funeral Service Practitioners.
Tuesday, October 29
Service of Remembrance
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
McCormick Place Grand Ballroom
Public-safety officials serve and protect their communities and put their
lives on the line every day. When the time comes, their lives deserve to
be remembered with the utmost honor and respect through a meaningful
funeral service. Join us as we explore the customs associated with
celebrating the lives of our public servants, and honor the memory of
funeral service family members who died this year.
Funeral Directors Under 40
8 – 11 p.m.
Acebounce Ping Pong Bar | 230 N. Clark Street
Paddles up – it’s on like ping pong! Whether you’re a paddle master or just
interested in a casual volley, channel your inner Forrest Gump and serve
up some fun with your fellow funeral directors under 40! Get in on the
tournament (prizes anyone?) or cheer from the sidelines. Flying solo? No
problem – we’ll match you up with a great team.
Dress Code: Casual
Price per person: $60 by September 20; $70 after September 20. Fee
includes ping-pong tournament (with prizes!), pizza, hors d’oeuvres and
three drink tickets per person.
Transportation is on your own.
Wednesday, October 30
An Evening Under the Sea
6 – 9 p.m.
Shedd Aquarium | 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Explore Shedd Aquarium like never before during this unforgettable
evening. Soak up Abbott Oceanarium’s breathtaking recreation of a
Pacific Northwest coastline and enjoy the Underwater Beauty Exhibit
during cocktail hour. The evening continues with exclusive access to the
Caribbean Reef and aquarium galleries, complete with dinner stations
featuring a taste of Chicago, live music and a hosted bar.
Dress Code: Business Casual
Price per person: $100 Adult, $50 Child (12 and under) by September
20; $110 Adult, $60 Child (12 and under) after September 20. Fee includes
private access to aquarium exhibits, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, hosted bar and
Complimentary motor coach shuttles depart from hotels in the NFDA room
block at 5:45 p.m. and return starting at 7:30 p.m.