Organization Tries To Cancel Convention At Drake

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By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s annual convention usually draws delegates in the hundreds. A smaller convention, compared to some.

And the organization is a not-for-profit.

So, it came as a shock to some members when their leadership posted the message that their contract with Chicago’s Drake Hotel “stipulates that cancelling the convention unilaterally could mean that the association is responsible for more than $100,000 in cancellation fees.”

“At this time, we are working with the Drake to waive the contracted penalty fee, although the process is taking longer than expected. Obviously, there is a lot on the line,” Executive Director Adam Pawlus wrote WBBM in an email.

A spokesperson for Hilton, which owns the Drake, says that the impact of COVID-19 is forcing them to pursue “joint solutions,” and they’re working with organizations like NLGJA to “transition their event to a future date.”