A priceless example of hospitality spending

August 19, 2011
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George Baird, who directs global IT operations for the SPAR Group in Auburn Hills, attended the Meijer State Games of Michigan because his daughter entered the archery competition. Baird sent an e-mail to West Michigan Sports Commission Executive Director Mike Guswiler that detailed his spending and borrowed the MasterCard TV-commercial formula to do so. Here is what he wrote.

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Cost
Entry fee for daughter to try out these “State Games of Michigan” $32
Two nights lodging at hotel $225
Souvenirs, tickets, beverages and food at the opening ceremony $100
Light dinner after opening ceremony $30
Buying new folding chairs at local Target because daddy forgot ours $80
Food and drinks for the first day’s competition at Rockford High School $25
Athletes party at Craig’s Cruisers $95
Food and drinks for second day’s competition at Rockford High School $25
Tank of gas to get home $60
Quick stop at Burger King to get celebration shakes and road food because daughter took silver $28
Seeing your daughter lead thousands of athletes by carrying the sign for her sport Priceless
Source: West Michigan Sports Commission, August 2011

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