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Welcome Reception (included with registration)
Sunday, March 11, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
altGrand View Terrace

Come join in the fun at the SGS Social Events at the 444th Annual Scientific Meeting! The fun begins with a casual beer and wine reception late Sunday afternoon to meet up with your friends and colleagues. Your first beverage is on the house compliments of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.

President's Reception (All SGS attendees, guests and exhibitors are invited)
Monday Evening, March 12, 2017 - 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM
Exhibit Hall - Regency Hall

Dr. John Gebhart, SGS President, invites you to the President's Reception at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in the exhibit hall. Open bar and hors d'oeuvres. All attendees, spouse/guests and exhibitors are invited.

The reception is immediately following the SGS Awards Ceremony. The Awards Ceremony begins at 6:45 PM in the general session room. Grand Cypress Ballroom DEF. Make sure you mark this down on your schedule!

SGS GOLF TOURNAMENT (Ticketed Event - $199)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 2:10 PM - 7:00 PM
Grand Cypress - The New Course

 It is time to see who will unseat the reigning team champions Sean Francis, Greg DiRocco and David Quinlan, women’s closest to the pin winner Chirstine Vaccaro, men’s closest to the pin winner Christopher Ripperda, women’s longest drive winner Cheryl Perrero, and men’s longest drive winner Chris Strauchon. No prize was awarded to best dressed John Gebhart in his camo shorts, but a style statement he did make!!! Drew Cassidenti is turning the chair of this great SGS tradition over to one of last year's winners, Sean Francis. A fun time will be had by all.

Set in the midst of an open meadow, the New Course is Jack Nicklaus’ tribute and homage to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. This Scottish links masterpiece is complete with double greens, stone bridges and walls, gorse mounds, burns and pot bunkers as deep as 12 feet—all in the spirit of the true Scottish original. Very little water comes into play on the New Course, but when it does it will challenge you. Very few trees are located within the interior of the course, creating generous landing areas. However, an errant tee shot could find its way into one of the150 pot bunkers. 

The course is about a mile down the road from the hotel. Shuttles will be available at the front entrance to transport golfers to the course. The general session ends at 1:10 pm followed by a 20 minute SGS Member Meeting. We anticipate playing all 18 holes with a shotgun start at 2:10 pm.

The format will be a four man/woman scramble eighteen hole tournament where everyone hits a shot. The best ball is chosen, everyone hits the next shot from there; best ball is chosen and this continues until the ball is holed out. There is absolutely no pressure on anyone except to have a good time with our colleagues and cocktails on a beautiful golf course. We encourage all who play a little or no golf during the year to join us as golf is secondary to the great times we have on the golf course. The $199 fee covers the round of golf, golf cart, prizes for the first and second place teams, longest drive men and women and closest to the pin men and women and up to four cocktails, beer, sodas or snacks.

We should finish the round by 6:45 pm and will have time to clean up for the Fund Development "SGS' Got Talent" beginning at 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM. The prizes for the golf tournament will be announced during the "SGS' Got Talent" event. 

Rental clubs are available for $65. Golf shoes and golf balls are not included with the club rental fee. Please make sure to secure your rental clubs at the pro shop prior to the day of the tournament.

Zipline Adventure at Gatorland - (Ticketed Event - $119)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018  1:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Known as the "Alligator Capital of the World," Gatorland provides you with an afternoon of fun while showcasing thousands of alligators and crocodiles, including 4 extremely rare, pigment-impaired leucistic "white" alligators.

After posing for a photo inside the iconic, giant gator's mouth, make your way into the park. Stop at the nursery to see baby and toddler gators before making your way past the bird aviary on your way to the Screamin' Gator zipline tour.

Launch from heights of up to 65 feet. Soar across five intense zip lines ranging in length from 230 feet to more than 500 feet, and carefully cross a swinging bridge over the park's main walkway. Fly at speeds near 30 miles per hour over alligators and crocodiles. Equipment (helmet, gloves and harness) provided.

Once you complete your aerial excursion, wander over to watch a gator show, and take a nature walk out to the swamp before boarding your bus back to your hotel.

SGS' Got Talent! (Ticketed Event - $75)
Tuesday, March 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Upper Pool Deck

You are cordially invited to attend the annual SGS Fund Development Activity..."SGS' Got Talent". Enjoy some very special entertainment, food, music and fun as we raise awareness and funds directed towards the SGS Mission to Advance Research and Education. This event will feature the special talents within the SGS community. That's right! We are featuring your colleagues best talent at the SGS' Got Talent show. Given the fact that SGS is known for its evidence based "Peer Reviewed" mindset. We will host a unique way to "Peer Review" the acts by event participants to crown the Winner of the show. Learn how you, your institution or department can participate in this event. Show us what you've got!

Tickets purchased in advance start at $75. VIP tickets start at $125. VIP tickets holders receive a special Rum Tasting and closer access to the SGS' Got Talent stage. A portion of each ticket sold to this event will go towards the SGS Mission to Advance Research and Education.

Golf Winners will be announced during the event.