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.

Dress: Casual
Price: $40 bus fare 

*You can only pick one Dover Orientation option. Background check required. You will receive a separate email with an information request form. You must fill it out in order to be considered for the Dover Orientation. You must pass the background check in order to attend; acceptance is not guaranteed.

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

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.

Separate registration required

Price: $325 per golfer
Fee includes transportation; greens fees and cart; breakfast, lunch, and drinks; and on-course games and contests. Club rental is also available for an additional fee. We will once again offer a limited number of complimentary single-player registrations to licensed funeral directors, subject to availability. 

*No foursome? No problem! We can match you with a team of fellow funeral service professionals. 

Register for Golf

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 262-814-1538

Sponsored by

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.

Dress: Casual
This event is free for all International Convention & Expo registrants. 

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. 

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.

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?

Dress: Casual
Price per person: $60

Wednesday, October 12

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.