A Legacy of Service in Salem: Donna Earley

  • A Legacy of Service in Salem: Donna Earley

    POSTED April 20, 2016

    Donna Earley Pictured Far Right.
    Photo Credit: 
    Alabastro Photography

Earlier this month our industry suffered a great loss. Donna Earley, director of sales and marketing for the Salem Convention Center, passed away. If you attended last year’s Best of event, you no doubt saw Salem rake in award after award, and the Salem team members who were in attendance celebrated each one brilliantly. They brought so much joy to the event, and leading the way was Donna. It’s difficult to grasp that this effervescent light has been dimmed.

I was lucky enough to interview Donna on more than one occasion. She was always upbeat, warm and ready to help in any way—I felt like I was speaking with an old friend. My heart breaks for her family, friends and colleagues. How fortunate they were to have had her in their lives.

Northwest Meetings + Events’ sales director Sheri Harbour de Vos says it best: “Donna's energy radiated out from her beautiful soul. As my mind grasps the fact that my friend and industry colleague has left us, I find solace in knowing the impact Donna had on others is a legacy that will live on."

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Late July, the hospitality industry lost one of its shining stars. While on vacation, Jim Cacabelos passed away unexpectedly. His family, friends and colleagues have been reeling from the news, and we at Northwest Meetings + Events extend our condolences and share in their loss.

Lisa Lee, account director with Seattle magazine, and event producer Audrey Fan asked JC’s friends to send us their memories and tributes. We share them here. If you have a memory you would like to share, please do so in the comments: