Monday, April 11, 2011

2011 BRAT Convention Details

The 2011 Ninth Annual BRAT Convention dates have been announced! The Convention will be held on June 9-11th, at the Embassy Suites, Rosemont, IL. It is a very affordable, pet friendly 4-Star hotel in suburban Chicago. The Convention is open to all BRAT volunteers, adopters, adoption applicants, and friends. We hope that you will join us!

This page is an announcement of convention details as of 4/11/11. A permanent website with all of the latest details is available at:

  • Subscribe to our Convention Email List if you are thinking about going to the Convention, to receive all Convention information and announcements.
  • Visit the Convention Registration site to register to attend the BRAT Convention, pay for convention meals, and order BRAT souvenir items for delivery at the convention.
  • Visit the Hotel website to find general information about the hotel amenities and location.
  • Visit the Hotel Reservation site or call 1-800-EMBASSY to book your hotel room in the BRAT room block, at our group rate (identify yourself as part of the Basenji Rescue and Transport/BRAT group). The Group rate is available until May 31, or until the room block is sold out, or until the hotel reaches 90% capacity, whichever comes first. Specific room info is below.
· LOCATION: The hotel is located near O’Hare airport and offers free shuttle service to and from the airport. The hotel location is convenient to I-90 and I-294 for those who are driving. It is two blocks from the CTA Blue Line for those who want to explore the Chicago Downtown area but who do not want to drive.
· GUEST ROOMS: The quoted room rates below are good for June 8 – 13. All rooms are non-smoking.
o King Basic Suite: $98/night (+ taxes & fees), single or double occupancy.
o Two Double Bed Basic Suite: $118/night (+ taxes & fees), single or double occupancy. The hotel has a limited number of rooms with 2 double beds, so make your reservations early!
· PET DEPOSIT: There is a $25 onetime per stay, non-refundable deposit for dogs. If dogs are to be left alone in the guest room, they must be crated.
· PARKING: The parking rate for BRAT participants is $10.00 (reduced from the usual $20/day). This includes unlimited in and out privileges. When you make your reservation, it may mention a parking fee of $23.00, but that will be changed when you get to the hotel.
· AMENITIES: Room rates include a full individually prepared breakfast, served daily in the Atrium, for each registered guest. Room amenities include a microwave, a small refrigerator, a separate sitting area with a couch and television. Internet is available for $6/day in guest rooms, but internet access is free in the Business Center.
o Guaranteed Reservations: The Hotel’s 24 hour Advance Cancellation Policy on Individual Reservations will apply to all reservations made under this block. The Group agrees to advise all attendees of this policy.
o No-Shows: No shows will be charged the contracted nightly rate and tax for each night the reserved room is not occupied by the individual. The hotel will not pay commission on No Shows as it is not a guaranteed form of payment.
o Early Departure Fee: At check-in, all guests will be asked to verify their departure dates. Any guests subsequently departing prior to the reconfirmed departure date will be assessed an early departure fee of $75.00.

o 1:00pm: District Coordinators lunch followed by meeting.
o 6:30pm – 7:30pm: Meet and Greet for all attendees
o 8:30am – 5:00pm: Day 1 Activities
o 12:00pm - 1:30pm: Lunch in the Atrium (Optional)
o 6:00pm - Picnic
o 8:30am – 5:00pm: Day 2 Activities
o 6:30pm - Banquet Dinner followed by the Silent Auction

If you have any questions, please contact B.Ann Hageman at We hope to see you and your basenji(s) at the convention!

1 comment:

  1. I'm all signed up and looking forward to meeting everyone!