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September 1-4, 2017

The New Jersey District, sponsors of a number of very successful National Conventions, will be the host group for 2017 as we gather at the well-situated Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel in Harrisburg, PA. which is being held be- “Twix” September 1 and 4. Conveniently located from downtown Harrisburg, there is easy access from main thoroughfares as well as Harrisburg International Airport. You won’t experience the traffic “Crunch” of a downtown city. The hotel boasts recent refurbishing and upgrades of all of the guest rooms, restaurants and lounges, meeting spaces and the lobby area. There are a total of 348 guest rooms with complimentary on-site parking as well as shuttle service to/from the airport. There is an indoor/outdoor pool as well as a fitness center.

Keeping with the “Hershey” theme, Hershey Park is only 8 miles away, while the Hollywood Casino is only 17 miles away and other entertainment, shopping, golf and dining options are within walking distance or a relatively short drive. Also, the annual Kipona Festival at nearby City Island is held over Labor Day weekend. Even a leisurely stroll around the hotel facility at night will give you a great view of the “Milky Way.”

You won’t “Snicker” at the affordable Convention room rate of a flat $115 a night plus applicable taxes, whether you have “Three Musketeers”, or even “Baby Ruth” in the room. However, no pets are allowed, so keep your “Kit Kat” home. You can obtain additional information on the hotel by visiting their website at

Schedule of Events

Friday – September 1

President’s Open Golf Tournament – at nearby Dauphin Highlands Golf Club.  Cost per player - $50, includes greens fees and cart.  Tee off time scheduled for 10 AM.

Course website is   Contact Mark Marton, Golf Chairman, at with any questions.

Evening – “Welcome to Hersheyland” – Join us for our life-sized version of Candyland.   Doors open at 8 PM.  Pass on having dessert at your dinner earlier that evening and enjoy our sweets and treats, mingle with your friends and have some laughs as individuals compete for prizes by answering FOCA- and “sweets”-related trivia questions…and some are pretty difficult!

Saturday – September 2

Convention General Plenary Sessions will begin at 9 AM and should conclude by early afternoon to allow some free time. Information on local activities will be provided at the time of your registration.

Vespers – 4:30 PM, in the hotel

Evening – 8 PM – “Tamburitzans… Sweet!”  Join us in the hotel ballroom for a two hour performance of the world-renowned Tamburitzans Group.  Founded in the 1930’s, they have performed throughout the United States and abroad.  Please purchase your tickets ahead of time as seating is limited, and we expect a fair amount of local non-FOCA attendees.  For more information on the group, visit their website at


Sunday, September 3

Divine Liturgy – Join us in prayer and communion at 9 AM.

Afternoon – Free time to visit local attractions or just hang out at the pool (long range weather forecast is for sunny skies and in the low 80’s!)

Fantastic Fare and Sweet Sounds – Banquet and Dance – The doors will open at 5:30 PM for the banquet followed by entertainment by a local DJ.

Monday, September 4

Convention General Plenary Sessions will re-open with unfinished business, concluding with the Election of Officers.

Junior Schedule of Events

Friday, September 1 

“Sweet Beginnings…A Meet & Greet Social

Catch-up with old friends and make new ones!  This year’s Youth Council Advisory Team will present the agenda for the weekend and will kick of the festivities by playing “Ice Breaker” games.

Saturday, September 2 

“The Sweetest Place on Earth” – Before visiting Hershey Park…Attend morning prayers with Father Benjamin Tucci, enjoy a light breakfast and meet with Archbishop Michael (Diocese of NY/NJ) who will lead a discussion on the topic of “Gratitude and Giving.”  The Junior Out-Reach Activity for this year will be putting together “Blessing Bags” & “Back to School Bags.”  All bags created on this day will be donated to local Charities where they will be distributed to the less fortunate.

The entire group will then be transported by bus to Hershey Park for an action packed, fun filled day!  Everyone will receive a Lunch Ticket, which is redeemable at various food locations throughout the park.  The entire group will return to the hotel, where they will feast on pizza at the evening’s planned “Pizza Party” and then be escorted into the Ball Room to watch the amazing Tamburitzans perform.

Sunday, September 3

“Sweet Temptations” - After Divine Liturgy, join Archbishop Michael and Father Tucci for Brunch, and participate in Part II of the weekend’s discussion theme - “Gratitude and Giving.”  In the afternoon, the group will take a short bus ride to the Turkey Hill Ice Cream Factory, to participate in the “Turkey Hill Experience” a factory tour and taste lab, where everyone can create their own ice cream flavor, and will return to the hotel to get ready for the next event… “Fantastic Fare and Sweet Sounds” (Banquet & Dance).


Hotel Information

4650 Lindle Rd

Harrisburg, PA 17111


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