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Welcome Reception at the Event Center (Video)

Once the welcoming reception ended, it was time for the time honored “Guitar Smash” to get the party started.

Construction, July 2019

Again, it was hard to believe that three months ago I was standing in the same spot, an active construction zone, wearing a hard hat, vest and protective eye goggles. Today, it’s a proud moment for members of the Seminole Tribe, hotel executives, workers and staff who built the hotel. Everyone was feeling happy and proud. The mood in the room was energetic. It was only 10:30 in the morning yet it felt like New Year’s Eve.

Hundreds of invited guests were here to share the day with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Tribal leaders will be the first to tell you that they “started out with a chickee hut and an alligator.” Now they are one of the highest-ranked businesses in the world and the most successful casino in the U.S.

After a delicious and bountiful buffet brunch,  guests took their seats. No one knew what to expect. “Look,” I said to my co-editor, Mark Young. “It’s Kim Zolciak and Kroy Biermann, from Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban at the Welcome Reception

“Is that who I think it is?” Yes, it was.  Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban were in the house, a few feet away from me.

The lights went down and the morning program began. Leaders from the Seminole Tribe, bursting with pride, sang the praises of the hundreds of people who worked on the massive building project as well as to God. Jim Allen, Hard Rock International Chairman and Seminole Gaming CEO thanked the Tribe for their belief and vision for the project.

Let the Celebration Begin!

The room went pitch black, pulsating music began to blast and a hi-tech neon and LED performance by Light Balance electrified the room. Light Balance earned the Golden Buzzer Award during their audition for Season 12 of America’s Got Talent and finished third overall in the competition.

After the Welcome Reception, everyone was invited outside for the historic Guitar Smash.

Come join us!

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