AMBUCS National Conference

 

2019 AMBUCS National Conference Logo Long Format

Plan now to join us for National Conference – get the training and ideas you need and the fun and inspiration you deserve.

Volunteer Opportunities: Great Pittsburgh Bike Build, Pittsburgh Ramp Build or The Great Amtryke Giveaway (Veterans Ride and Amtryke Rodeo). Sign up to volunteer at one or all three!

Skip to: Registration, Hotel, Travel, Tryke Donation, Pre-Conference Event, Bike Build, Ramp Build, Opening Night, Big Hat, Amtryke Giveaway, Trek 4 Trykes, Speakers


Join us for this unparalleled training and inspiration opportunity! A Pre-Conference Pittsburgh Polish Sausage, Pierogies and Polka (PLUS) Party; an Opening Night Dinner Cruise; amazing recipient guest speakers; a bike build; the Great Amtryke Giveaway; educational sessions and so much more. All special events are on-site or walking distance.

While you’re in Pittsburgh, don’t miss out on all the city has to offer. Pictured: Carnegie Museum of Art, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, a river cruise, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Heinz History Center and several shots of ‘the golden triangle’ and our host hotel. Check out this Visit Pittsburgh microsite built just for us. It’s packed with great information and things to do in Pittsburgh! (Be sure to scroll down.)

Pittsburgh Things to do


Online Registration Closed

Other Registration Options
Weekend Registration – closed
Day Registration – closed


Conference Registration Costs

$280, On-Site Member Full Registration (October 2 – 5)
$200, On-Site Weekend Registration
$100, On-Site Day Registration

$25, Guest Registration (For guests accompanying a member registrant. All meals are ticketed and must be purchased separately.)


Please Note: You must Register for the National Conference and reserve a hotel room separately. To reserve a room you will need to contact the hotel directly – see contact info below. (Conference registration does not include the cost of your room nor does it save a room for you.)

2019 National Conference Schedule

2019 Educational Sessions Schedule. Coming soon!

Golf Outing – $110. Thursday 12:30 pm – Until. Pay when you register for conference. Forgot? No problem, just go back in like you’re going to register again but ONLY buy things you want to add to your previous order. Fee covers golf, transportation, lunch and prizes for the winners. If you need to rent clubs, please contact the club directly: Quicksilver Golf Club, www.quicksilvergolf.com, 724-796-1594, quicksilver@windstream.net


Hotel Information

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
600 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Online Reservations

1-888-317-0197
Just reference the AMBUCS block.Room at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh

Room block closes: September 7

Note: Making online reservations may prove problematic on your phone. If you experience issues, please try on a computer. If you call and they say we don’t have a room block, please have them look up the dates. We have an odd name and they’re probably misspelling it (even if you’re spelling it for them).

Room Rates:
King City View Room: $124/night (Max 3 people)
Standard Double Room: $124/night (Max 5 people)

Rates good September 26 – October 8! (Subject to availability.) Make a vacation out of it!

Amenities include: Free Wi-Fi in guest rooms and meeting space, Fitness Center, Indoor Pool & Jacuzzi, Gift Shop, Business Center, Restaurant/Lounge, Shuttle Service will take you anywhere within three miles of the hotel, Valet parking $35/night with unlimited in and out privileges. See more parking options in the Travel section below (under the map).

The Fine Print: Room Rates do not include the 14% Hotel Room Tax (subject to change).

Wyndham Grand and Point State Park“Enjoy stylish accommodations, at an incredible location. Where Pittsburgh’s famed three rivers meet soaring skyscrapers, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh awaits to offer you an inspired experience in the heart of downtown. We are located in easy walking distance of Heinz Field, the CONSOLE Energy Center, PNC Park, the Cultural District, and 80+ restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, and shopping. Take in spectacular views of Point State Park as you relax by the indoor swimming pool or soak in the jacuzzi. Energize when it suits your schedule in our 24/7 fitness center with views of downtown. Or explore classic flavors of Pittsburgh with a modern American spin at our upscale 3 Rivers Restaurant and Lounge. Welcome to the very best in the center of it all.” – Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown


Travel Information

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is 18 miles from the hotel and the trip will take 35-50 minutes depending on time of day.

The hotel recommends several possible ways to travel: ZTrip (like a cab), Super Shuttle (the most affordable if you book round trip at around $49), Lyft or Uber (check your phone’s app store).

Pittsburgh Airport Hotel Map

IMPORTANT PARKING INFO

The ARC has purchased a limited number of reserved parking spaces directly across the street from the Wyndham Grand. The cost to National Conference attendees for each of these spaces will be $12 for 24-hour parking with unlimited entrance and exit. The pass is charged by the day, rather than night – so, for example, if you leave on Sunday morning you will need to purchase a pass for Sunday.

Spaces are available from Sunday (9/29) through Sunday (10/6). If you are planning to drive to conference or rent a car while there, we strongly advise that you purchase a pass in advance for one of these spaces (when you register for National Conference).

Here are additional parking options provided by the hotel, BUT all are farther from the hotel and these lots fill up very quickly with daily commuter traffic. They are also more costly, and the daily rate must be paid each time you leave and re-enter the lot. With these options, you also are not guaranteed a space, if you leave and return to the lot.

As with all conference options, if you have already registered and want to purchase parking, just click the registration link here as if you were going to register again…but this time only choose new items that you want to add. We will add the new items to your previous order. Please do not re-order items you have already paid for, as it will charge you for them again.


App Happy

Again this year, back by popular demand, we have an app for that!

National Conference attendees will have access to Attendify. You can see the schedule in real time, use interactive maps to get where you’re going, share images and thoughts on the big screen, answer polls about sessions, create a profile (that shares as much or as little as you’d like) and set up meetings with other attendees!

It’s like the social media network just for this conference and just for YOU.

Want to try it out? Yep, it’s free, set up and ready to go. You’ll find directions here.

This is the Daily in your pocket! We will be using it heavily through out conference. Don’t miss out.


Donate Trykes

Line up of AmtrykesFor The Great Amtryke Giveaway (Veterans Ride and Amtryke Rodeo) in Pittsburgh!

Chapters, individuals or businesses! Anyone can donate a tryke for the Great Amtryke Giveaway (Veteran Ride and Amtryke Rodeo) on Saturday, October 5 during our 2019 AMBUCS National Conference!

It’s simple, fill out the Amtryke Rodeo and Veteran Donation Form and return to the Resource Center (submission methods detailed on bottom of form). Each chapter may only sponsor one rider on a first come (by filling out the form at the link above), first reserved basis.

To make chapter budgeting easier, we have set a dollar amount for each level. You will still be covering the cost of a specific Veteran or child’s bike but you will not be asked to pay more than the amount shown. Form due by August 31.

Questions? Contact Jessica Wall, Director of Development and Programs, at (800) 838-1845 x113 or jessicaw@ambucs.org.


Pre-Conference Event – Pittsburgh Polish Sausage, Pierogies and Polka (PLUS) Party!

Tuesday, October 1, 7 PM – Until
Ticketed Event: $45

Celebrate this savory slice of Pittsburgh culture and cuisine.  You wont want to miss this one, folks: with a dance floor, DJ with diverse tunes and a dance instructor who knows them all.

“The census of 1920 listed the city [Pittsburgh] as having 588,343 residents, some 200,000 of them Polish immigrants and second-generation Poles…. Polkas, a Polish folk music, are still a favorite in the area. Of all the aspects of Polish culture, Polish food is probably the most beloved. Kielbasa, pierogies…these Polish specialties are delicious.” – PopularPittsburgh.com

Polish Sausage, or Kielbasa, is smoked link sausage typically made of coarsely ground pork and beef and seasoned with garlic; a staple of Polish cuisine.

Pierogies are filled dumplings made from unleavened dough. Fillings include just about everything you can think of, from spicy to savory to sweet. Fun fact: Even though we say Pierogies in America, the Polish word “pierogi” is actually plural – because you can’t eat just one!


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The Great Pittsburgh Bike Build

mechanic building an AmtrykeWednesday, October 2, from 8 – 11 AM
Sign up to Volunteer!

We need your help! If you will be at the Wyndham Grand a bit early, would you help us build out trykes for our child and Veteran recipients?

No experience, no problem! Everyone welcome, from expert to never-held-a-wrench. This year’s build will be shorter again but still a valuable learning opportunity! In fact, it will be the only opportunity at conference to build bikes.

Just click on Sign Up to Volunteer near the top. If for some reason your plans change after sign up, don’t worry, just let us know as soon as possible so we can find more helpers.

Pittsburgh Ramp Build

Wednesday, October 2, 9 AM – 2 PM
Sign up to Volunteer!

AMBUCS Ramp Build Reno 2018Join the National Ramp Building Crew in building a home access ramp for a needy local family. (Yep, that means you have to choose between building trykes or a ramp but, either way, you’ll be helping someone and having a great time!)

A box lunch will be provided for those who RSVP!

Everyone is welcome from expert ramp builders to those who are just curious. Total beginners very welcome but this will be a hands-on experience. This could be especially helpful if you think you might want to add a ramp building program to your chapter’s charitable efforts.


Opening Night: Gateway Clipper Dinner Cruise

Wednesday, October 2, 5 – 8 PM

All aboard! Join us for a three hour sightseeing cruise aboard the Princess. Featuring dinner,  DJ and dance floor! Yes, friends, this event is included in Full Member Registration. Boat launch is in walking distance from the hotel.

The Gateway Princess is a 120 feet long and 35 feet wide traditional paddle wheel-style river boat. She features two climate-controlled interior decks with floor to ceiling windows and a third-floor, open-air observation deck. Our event will additionally feature a dance floor, DJ and two cash bars with premium liquor, beer and wine.

Our Sunset Dinner Reception Menu: Crudité of Vegetables, Vegetable Spring Rolls with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce, Mini Breaded Ravioli with Cream Pesto Sauce, Kielbasa Bites with Olive Oil and Oregano, Panko Breaded Chicken Tossed in Sweet and Sour Sauce, Kansas City BBQ Beef Sliders, Cremini Mushroom and Mozzarella Arancini.

The Princess begins boarding at 5 PM and leaves promptly at 5:30 PM. Those with mobility challenges may wish to meet in the hotel lobby at 4:45 PM to walk over and board first.


Big Hat Dinner & Auction (OPEN TO ALL CONFERENCE ATTENDEES – TICKET REQUIRED)

Friday, October 4, 7 – 10 PMBig Hat Club Logo
Ticketed: Big Hatters – $40
Non-Big Hatters – $45

An evening with all your Big Hatter friends! Nothing to rush off to so you can concentrate on the important things: fun, fundraising and fellowship.

This year’s Big Hat Dinner & Auction is open to all! The event will feature a performance by a professional comedian and the installation of the next Big Hat Sec/Tres.

Please plan on attending. Proceeds from the Big Hat Auction support AMBUCS programs and you’ll get to see just why the Big Hatters are such a fun group.

This year there will also be a Big Hat Scavenger Hunt that concludes Friday night. Big Hatters who participate will win awesome prizes!

Note: Big Hat Executive meeting for all Black Hatters, BH Officers, and Region BH Chairs only will take place on Wednesday, October 2 from 3 – 4 pm.

Big Hat Business meeting, open to all Big Hatters, will take place on Thursday, October 3 from 7:30 – 8:30 am. Voting for the new Big Hat Sec/Tres will take place at this meeting.


The Great Amtryke Giveaway

Saturday, October 5, 1:30 – 4 PM
Sign up to Volunteer!

In celebration of our mission to create mobility and independence for people with disabilities, AMBUCS combined the Veteran’s Ride and Amtryke Rodeo into one life-changing event!

Many local children and veterans will receive free Amtrykes – donated by chapters and members – at this one blockbuster event. You won’t want to miss patriotic veterans and superhero kiddos zooming around on Amtrykes – all on the same day, in the same venue!

Amtrykes have the power to change riders’ lives in many ways including increased strength, coordination, confidence, mobility and positive peer interaction.

Bring out your best red, white and blue or wear a superhero costume! Just think, there are lots of superheros who sport red, white and blue colors…

AMBUCS chapters from all over the nation are encouraged to donate bikes to provide mobility and independence for our recipients. This year each chapter will be limited to sponsoring only one rider and it will be on a first come, first served basis. Only 25 riders can be sponsored this year so sign up to donate a tryke today!



14th Annual Trek 4 Trykes

Saturday, October 5, 8 – 9 AM (registration at 7:30 AM)

Ready to walk to get riders rolling?
The 14th Annual Trek 4 Trykes will be a fun walk around Point State Park on Saturday, October 5 during our 2019 AMBUCS National Conference! Help raise funds to provide Amtrykes for riders on the National Wish List. It is simple! View the Trek 4 Trykes Walker’s Handbook.

Be sure to visit the awesome Trek 4 Trykes fundraising page! You can set up your own fundraising page or to donate on someone else’s. We are now on Classy, a swanky new platform. We think you’ll love it!

We will cover the cost of processing and credit card fees. All donations given through Classy will be credited in the full amount. Be sure to tell your donors they do not need to pay the fees. If they do, we cannot reimburse them.

Questions? Contact us at (800) 838-1845 or ambucs@ambucs.org.


Keynote Speakers – Details coming soon!

Thursday, October 3, General Business Session

We can’t wait to tell you all bout our keynote speakers…we can say they are all AMBUCS program recipients! They will tell us their stories and thank us for what we do. You will not want to miss these heartwarming and heartfelt speakers.


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