COUNTDOWN TO THE CONFERENCE!


Breakout your glitz and glam as we go back in time to celebrate one of Chicago’s most iconic eras, the roaring twenties. We will be celebrating our accelerated momentum in style on the final evening as we honor our hardworking network for their outstanding achievements.

When: Friday July 12th, 2019
Time: 6:00pm
Where: The Hilton Chicago, International Ballroom
Details:

 
Cocktail reception begins at 6:00pm followed by a sit down dinner at 7:00pm.  Throughout the evening we will present the 2019 CARSTAR Awards to all the hounorees.
Attire: 1920’s Glitz and Glam

CARSTAR’s Charity Walk for CF

The Cystic Fibrosis Character Crawl
Date:  Wednesday, August 19th
Time:  9:00 am
Depart from Ashbury Rotunda
 

 
This pre-conference kickoff is about family, fun and walking with a cause.  
 
Continuing an annual tradition, The Cystic Fibrosis Character Crawl is our first opportunity to come together at conference as we walk to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
 
Whether from Walt Disney World® Resort, or CARSTAR, there are sure to be some characters on display!  Departure from Ashbury Rotunda.
The cost is $50.00 per person to participate and you will receive a commemorative T-Shirt.
All of the proceeds will be donated to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20th

Eco-Safari in the Florida Everglades
This tour will operate rain or shine!
 
Date:  Thursday, August 20, 2015
Meet in the Conference Centre lobby:  8:30 am
 
Bus Departs:          8:45 am
Airboat Tour:          10:00 am - 11:30 am
Return to hotel:      12:30 pm
 
Duration:              4 hours
Minimum:            12 guests
Maximum:           36 guests
 
Cost:  $95.00 USD (including taxes, private transportation and all gratuities)
 
Payable by Visa or Mastercard ONLY direct to the supplier.
 
Cancellation penalty:
Non-refundable 10 days prior due to guarantees to tour provider and bus company.
 
The 90 minute Airboat Tour takes you deeper into the Headwaters of the Florida Everglades and Lake Tohopekaliga located in Kissimmee, Florida by utilizing 6-passenger boats with a LOW impact on the environment. The boats glide through calm waters and gets you closer to the animals in their natural habitat than any other experience could provide. This tour allows you to seek out and view the endangered wildlife of the swamps such as Alligators, Snakes, Turtles, Swamp Rabbits, Otter, Wild Hogs, American Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, and so much more!  They provide you with ample opportunities to take pictures and have all your questions about the ecosystem answered by their friendly and knowledgeable captains.  Head out to the flat lands, affectionately known as "The Pasture", and experience high speed turns with your Captain as he skillfully maneuvers your airboat to show off the power and versatility of the craft.  Finally, return back to the dock through the canal system, with memories of the REAL Florida, to last a lifetime. So climb aboard with your camera and enjoy the ride.
 
Website: www.orlandoairboattours.com
 
The Airboat operator provides a safety briefing along with life jacket and rain gear if necessary. The boats do have a bimini top, but as it glides through open marshes, there is exposure to sun.
 
What to bring:
Please dress comfortable, as it will be hot.
Sandals or running shoes are acceptable.
Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, insect repellant.
Camera, bottle of water or ANY beverage as long as it has a screw top. Open pop cans are not permitted.
 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21st

Jennifer Mercanti (Yoga)

Date:  Friday, August 21st
Time:  9:00 am – COMPLIMENTARY

Jennifer completed her 200 hour teacher training and became registered with Yoga Alliance in 2012 as a Registered Yoga Teacher. Jennifer is now working towards her 1000 hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher Certification with Yoga Alliance.

In addition, Jennifer is a Certified Professional Coach and completed over 340 hours of training in Toronto, San Francisco and Miami in 2013 & 2014 with the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching.  She is also registered with the International Coaching Federation.  She coaches women and men to raise their consciousness and fulfill their passion, potential and purpose in their careers and life.  
 
Jennifer loves to meet new students and share her love of yoga with others. Jennifer’s style is hatha yoga and she focuses on alignment of the body, mind and heart: breathe and asanas (poses).  She also incorporates certain yin and restorative movements into her practice to slow down the nervous system and create emotional balance.  She invites students to flow to the best of their abilities while testing their boundaries. 

Jennifer shares a love of travelling and has had the opportunity to learn from many experienced yoga teachers in New York, Chicago, California, Washington, Boston and Florida and incorporates these teachings into her classes. She has recently been studying yoga for emotional balance with Bo Forbes in Massachusetts.

She currently teaches at Sun Yoga Studio, ONE Health Clubs and Women’s Fitness Clubs in Oakville & Burlington, Ontario.  She also performs weekly classes at Manulife Financial Corporation and in her community. In 2013, Jennifer taught at the Wellness Works Events for the Investment Company Institute in Palm Desert, California and Washington, D.C. and she has previously taught at the CARSTAR Industry Conferences in Lake Louise, Alberta and Quebec.  She also participated in the Wanderlust Yoga Festivals in Whistler, British Columbia and Lake Tahoe, California.

Jennifer hopes to inspire her students to develop their flexibility and overall alignment to ensure they are joyful and healthy for many years to come.  Jennifer encourages her students to live in the present moment as each moment is truly a gift and will help students to develop in their yoga practice to their fullest potential.