American Idol alum and North Texas resident Tim Halperin was already performing onstage when meeting planners entered the Omni’s Dallas Ballroom for the Gala Dinner. Halperin performed a cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and his original “I Wanna Fall In Love”.
MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer hosted the closing night experience. She introduced former Dallas Cowboy and Author of Rules of Engagement: Finding Faith and Purpose in a Disconnected World, Chad Hennings, who spoke about Cowboy fandom. He referred to Dallas as the “greatest city in the nation” to much applause and invited the planners to “come on back.”
The Gala Dinner was superb. Attendees started off with a Texas Seafood “Louis” Martini, followed by an heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad. The third course was coffee-dusted beef fillet and duck tamale with saffron potatoes. For dessert, attendees sampled popcorn panna cotta, strawberry rhubard trifle, dark chocolate panna cotta and a citrus champagne float.
At the close of dinner, the overhead television came alive and played a preview of the new Dallas television series, airing on TNT this June 13. After the preview, bloopers of the original Dallas played, showing the funny side (if you can believe it) of J.R. Ewing.
Contessa Brewer introduced Larry Hagman, who brought the character J.R. Ewing to life on Dallas, dressed in a bowtie and cowboy hat. He discussed when Dallas first aired in 1978, the Mobile building was highest building in the city, and look how far the city has come.
Mr. Hagman introduced Mayor Mike Rawlings, “A lot has changed since you were first here,” joked the Mayor, and thanked Hagman for all he has done for the city.
Mayor Rawlings referred to Dallas as “new and improved” and said that the city was going through a “major renaissance”. He discussed the Perot Museum of Nature & Science opening this year, which is important for education, enlightened attendees to the fact that Dallas was recently named a top five convention city, and thanked the City Council for making the Omni Dallas Hotel a reality. Without them, it could not have been done.
“The hottest city in North America is going to be Definitely Dallas,” said Mayor Rawlings.
Awards were given out to dedicated Omni staff members, and all-vocal rock band “Face” approached the stage to sing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and a powerful rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence”. “Thank you for making Dallas a second home,” they said.
After the performance, meeting planners attended the after party in the Trinity Ballroom, where the talented Jack Ingram closed out the night. He played crowd favorite such as “Measure of a Man” and “Wherever You Are”.
In the morning, meeting planners attended a Gospel Brunch, the final event of the Omni Grand Opening Experience. As the attendees ate a filling brunch of fruit, omelets, bacon, sausage and more, the Gospel of Light Choir gave a beautiful performance in front of a stained glass window.
Congratulations to the Omni Dallas Hotel on such a successful Grand Opening Experience weekend. We hope when the meeting planners begin to plan their next meeting, they think “Definitely Dallas!”.
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