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Welcome to the Big Easy Party
Thursday, April 20, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

altThis year’s kickoff event will feature cocktails, appetizers, and a live jazz trio! Come mingle in the showcase, enjoy live entertainment, and get pumped up for the rest of the conference. This year’s kickoff event will feature cocktails, appetizers, and a live jazz trio!


Dine Arounds
Thursday, April 20, 6:15 PM

After the Welcome to to the Big Easy Party, join fellow OGR members at NOLA restaurants for dinner. Signups available now! Choose from Antoine's Restaurant, Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, Galatoire's Restaurant, GW FinsMr. B's Bistro, and Palace Cafe.       

Sign up for 2017 Dine Arounds here.


Celebratory Luncheon
Friday, April 21, 12:15 - 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate all the good funeral service accomplished in 2016. OGR's Community Service Award and Exemplary Service Awards will be given to firms for all their hard work last year. The Foundation's Awards of Excellence Scholarship will also be awarded to two worthy students who've demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and working for an independent funeral home. Finally, OGR member firms celebrating milestone years of membership with OGR will receive their Golden Rule Funeral Home plaques and certificates to display at their funeral homes. This year's Celebratory Luncheon will also consist of the 2017-2018 Board Installation and the Service of Remembrance, honoring those who died in 2016. 


Masquerade Ball
Saturday, April 22, 6:00 PM


Masked in mystery and draped in decadence, this year’s masquerade ball will be nothing short of magical. Come dressed to impress for this year’s themed event and join other members for dinner, dancing, and New Orleans-inspired activities. OGR's incoming president will be installed at this year's ball. The Golden Light Award recipient will also be announced.



Optional Activities

altVisit the National World War II Museum
Sunday, April 23, 10:00 a.m.
Tour the National WWII Museum and explore the lives of American men and women who took part in World War II through letters, recruitment posters, weapons, models, and film. You’ll leave with a better understanding of the war that changed the world and be inspired by all you learn.

Learn more.
Details: 20 tickets available
Cost: $25 Adult/ $15.50 Child
Transportation: We’ll be sharing cabs or Uber rides to the museum. Meet in lobby at 10:00 a.m.

altCajun Pride Swamp Tour
Sunday, April 23, 10:00 a.m.
For many years people have traveled extensively to locate a unique and exciting adventure, exploring Louisiana's back country with its meandering bayous and swamps. Join an educational journey back to the early days of
Louisiana bayou and swamp explorations on this hour and 45 minute tour. Learn more.
Details: 12 tickets available
Cost: $49/adult or $25/child
Transportation: Included in cost of ticket. Shuttle departs hotel at 10:30 a.m. Tour at Noon. Return by 2:45 p.m.

Did you know?

  • OGR’s Gone Mobile! Download OGR conference app online to access presentation handouts, area maps, attendee, exhibitor, & speaker information, and so much more! Download available soon.
  • Demo Stations near the Showcase floor – Learn from hands-on 15-minute sessions, which will help you save time and money.
  • Invite prep room staff/young professional, get a discount!  If you bring a technician or a young professional (member under the age of 40), you’ll receive $50 off your registration when they register. Use the discount code: TECH/YP when registering.

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