The Commander Hotel & Suites Unveils New Displays of Local Artwork to Enhance Guest Experiences

Industry: Hotels

The Commander Hotel & Suites in Ocean City, MD has introduced diverse works by local artists in its newly renovated common areas.

Ocean City, MD (PRUnderground) July 26th, 2017 

The Commander Hotel & Suites, which is ranked #8 out of 103 hotels in Ocean City, MD, has introduced diverse works by local artists in its newly renovated common areas. The goal of the displays is to beautify the hotel’s interiors and exteriors and to provide a connection to the history and essence of Ocean City.

“When we recently completed our $5MM renovation, we felt it was crucial to establish a visual and experiential link for our guests to Ocean City’s spirit as well as the proud lineage of The Commander Hotel & Suites, which has been family owned since 1930,” says Michael Hayes, General Manager. “We selected a variety of area artists who work in different mediums to help us achieve this, and judging from the enthusiastic responses from our guests, these creative enhancements to our hotel are huge hits.”

Artists whose work is on display at The Commander Hotel & Suites include:

  • Brian Waggoner/Ocean City Murals (Berlin) – interior wall murals in the indoor pool and first floor hallway, and an exterior mural across from the lobby entrance
  • Wyatt Harrison/Plak That (Ocean City) – photos on wood in the lobby and indoor pool

Rina Thaler, Executive Director of the Art League of Ocean City, believes that The Commander Hotel & Suites’ support of local artists differentiates the hotel from other businesses in the region.
“It’s admirable that The Commander Hotel & Suites, which has been a corporate partner of the Art League of Ocean City, has chosen to invest in and showcase the artwork of local artists, rather than simply hanging it as decor,” says Thaler, who is also a partner artist at Gallery One in Ocean View, DE and a member of the Worcester County Arts Council, the Delaware Watercolor Society, and the Millsboro Art League. “By presenting original artwork in their common spaces, the hotel helps to strengthen the art community and adds a distinctive and authentic Ocean City touch to their property.”

For more information about The Commander Hotel & Suites and its support of local artists, contact Michael Hayes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-289-6166 x 515).

About The Commander Hotel & Suites

Family owned since 1930 and located on the bustling boardwalk of Ocean City, MD, The Commander Hotel offers 109 newly renovated guest suites – all of which overlook the beach. Ranked #7 in TripAdvisor’s customer reviews of 102 hotels in the market, we aim to deliver superb customer service and meticulous attention to your every need. Whether you choose to stay in one of our clean and spacious Oceanfront Suites, Oceanfront Studios, or Cabana Suites, The Commander Hotel will provide you with an Ocean City escape that’s comfortable, relaxing, and memorable.


The Best Friends National Conference to Take Place at Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center

Community and Local Residents Are Welcome During Community Hours

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (Tuesday, July 11, 2017) Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center will host the Best Friends National Conference, presented by Maddie’s Fund July 13-15. This year, the animal welfare-focused conference is promoting complimentary community hours for local residents and individuals interested in the industry to explore the exhibit hall.

Imagine sitting in a room surrounded by people who love animals as much as you do. More than 1,000 attendees from all over the country work in all different areas of animal welfare, organizations, veterinarians, animal shelter board members and volunteer for rescue groups in their local area. Each and every attendee is deeply committed to saving the lives of homeless pets, and each has something valuable to teach and share with others.

The Best Friends National Conference will have exhibit hall community hours for local residents and individuals interested in the industry. Local residents can explore the exhibits and see innovative products from the exhibitors and sponsors. Join informative sessions about microchipping, pet DNA, healthy plant-based meal planning, and more. In addition, meet Animal Planet's Jackson Galaxy and disco diva Gloria Gaynor. The community hours will be held Friday, July 14, 2:30 – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 15, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m., located at Harrah's Waterfront Conference Center, Wildwood 4.

The Best Friends National Conference is a place where you can learn, share and connect with like-minded people from around the country. With workshops and speakers on nearly every aspect of the no-kill movement, the conference has something for everyone.

“We’re excited to bring our conference to Atlantic City,” said Eric Rayvid, director of public relations for Best Friends Animal Society. “For the first time and because of overwhelming demand, we’re offering free admission to our exhibit hall Friday and Saturday to reach more people to educate them about issues surrounding animals in shelters as well as have them connect with all the great vendors and exhibitors from around the country.”

To learn more about the community events, please visit: For more information about Best Friends, please visit Onsite registration is available for the full conference schedule.


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - Vetri Community Partnership and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, more than 40 celebrated chefs from around the world, and over 1,000 guests at Urban Outfitters Headquarters.

Noteworthy newcomers included, Hugh Acheson of 5 & 10 in Athens, GA; Frank Castronovo & Frank Falcinetti of Frankies Spuntino & Prime Meats in Brooklyn; Derek Dammann of Maison Publique in Montreal, QC; Evan Funke of Felix in LA; Sara Jenkins of Nina June in Rockport, ME; and Ryan Poli of The Catbird Seat in Nashville

 Returning chefs included, Paul Kahan of Blackbird, avec,  The  Publican  and  Big  Star  in  Chicago; and Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter in NYC and television personality on The Food Network. For a full list of participating chefs visit,

 The event was hosted by 6ABC’s Alicia Vitarelli and Marc Summers.

 Among the featured speeches were those by Kelly Herrenkohl, COO of Vetri Community Partnership; Liz and Jay Scott, co-Executive Directors of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

The night was filled with great bites, fabulous drinks, VIP guests, music, mingling, exciting silent and live auctions, and best of all, great causes.

Some of the most popular dishes of the night included Marco Rossi’s quail egg ravioli in butter sage sauce, Kevin Fink’s cascarelli with vegetable broth, Paul Kahan’s rye croissant with charred tomato relish and feta, and Sara Jenkins’ porchetta.

In total, $54,000 was raised in the Live Auction. An in-home dinner with Philly’s 2017 James Beard Award Winners – Greg Vernick, Michael Solomonov, Stephen Starr -- and Marc Vetri went for $23,000.



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