Connect & Celebrate Dinner

Wednesday, August 17
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Orange County Convention Center
W Hall B4, Second Level

Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased during the registration process. Tickets will also be available for purchase onsite until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 17, or until the event sells out. If you arrive late, seating and/or meal service may no longer be available.

Connect & Celebrate Dinner: Rendezvous Under the Stars

A new name, a new format…a celebration with the focus being YOU! Join us for an event that is a little less formal than in the past.
MichaelAndrewWe’ll start the evening off with a reception. You’ll get to explore the different geographic regions of APCO, mingle and connect with APCO members and celebrate the accomplishments of conference all while Michael Andrew and his band perform. Come photo ready, we’ve included some photo backdrops for that all important selfie!

GaryMuleDeerAt 6:45 pm, the main program will begin with a big stage reveal, dinner and a live performance from Gary Mule Deer. Gary Mule Deer’s unique blend of comedy and music have set him apart as a one-of-a-kind. He has performed on every major concert stage in the country and made over 350 television appearances, including many on both The Tonight Show and The Late Show with David Letterman.

For dinner seating, all tables will be open seating (with the exception of designated reserved tables). That means, this year, we are giving you the freedom to choose your seat.

Bring your dancing shoes but leave those tuxedos at home! Dress for this event is business casual…that means things like khaki pants, slacks, skirts/dresses, as well as short-sleeved polo shirts and long-sleeved shirts. Try to avoid wearing jeans, tennis shoes, T-shirts, and sweatshirts.


  • Life Member Awards
  • Presidential Awards
  • Swearing-in of APCO Executive Committee & Board of Directors


  • Hearth rolls and cornbread
  • Baby iceberg wedge with shaved carrots, crispy pancetta bacon, sliced cucumber, bleu cheese crumbles. Served with choice of tangy ranch dressing or sweet balsamic vinaigrette
  • Bone-in chicken francaise with beurre blanc sauce
  • Butter mashed potatoes
  • Broccolini and carrots
  • Authentic key lime pie
  • Iced tea, ice water, freshly brewed coffee, decaffeinated coffee, hot tea

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