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USRowing, a nonprofit membership organization and the national governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States, will hold its 2016 annual convention in Springfield, MA, on December 1-4.

The local rowing organization selected as convention co-host organizes an evening party to add local flavor to the national conference. The Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club (PVRC) hosts this year’s event at the MassMutual Convention Center on Friday, December 2, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The party is open to all, and presents the opportunity to meet rowing coaches, instructors, Olympians, and others. Tickets are available from the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club’s website HERE.

“The professional instruction, learning atmosphere, and overall shared passionate motivation of attendees at the USRowing annual convention makes wonderful ingredients for a party. While ‘just add water’ could work for these rowing enthusiasts, we’ve taken the approach to just add food, drink, and games to make a premier event,” says Jonathan Moss, President of PVRC and former US National Team and World Champion Rower. “This party is a chance for conference attendees to let loose, enjoy our hospitality, have fun, and mingle with friends new and old in an upbeat atmosphere,” explains Moss. The event will take place at a MassMutual Convention Center ballroom overlooking Court Square.

“We hope to make a memorable impression on our honored guests,” adds Julie Lefer Quick, PVRC Events Committee Chair, “who have travelled from far and wide to Springfield in pursuit of high level training and information from the convention.” The Friday evening event, dubbed Springfield’s Bash, features rowing related door prizes such as an indoor rowing machine and other rowing gear, a variety of cuisine, cash bar, dance music, and indoor games. “Along with all the fun we have planned, the highlight of our event will be the people who attend. The rowing world is a tight-knit family, and this party is a chance for all to be a part of the family for the evening, only on this night there might be a few Olympic athletes around the table!” says Quick.

Conference attendees purchase admission to training seminars based on their area of expertise or interest, from refereeing, to coaching, to hosting rowing events. Admission to Springfield’s Bash is separate from conference admission. PVRC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide riverfront access through healthy recreational activities to the residents of the Greater Springfield area.