Programs

2018 FAACT Teen Retreat Partners

2019 FAACT Teen Retreat Partners

Thank you to our generous and gracious partners for supporting FAACT's Teen Retreat. We could not offer this program for our families without your continued support. 


Sponsorship Opportunities

There are sponsorship opportunities for FAACT's Teen Retreat. If your company or organization is interested in being a sponsor, please contact Eleanor.Garrow@FoodAllergyAwareness.org for more information.

Hotel Reservations (will be available in late January)

Homewood Suites by Hilton Cincinnati-Downtown
617 Vine Street 
Cincinnati, OH 45202 
USA TEL: 1-513-354-2440 | Toll Free: 1-800-HILTONS
$185.00/night plus 17.5% taxes
Full, hot breakfast included each morning
Check-in: 4:00pm | Check-out: 11:00am

Make Online Reservations Here
Discount Code: FAACT
Reservation cut-off date: October 2, 2018 (after October 2nd, room rates are at full price)


Airport Shuttle/Transportation

Reservations for transportation can be made by calling toll-free at: 1-800-990-8841. 

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is located twelve miles from downtown Cincinnati and the Hilton – just a short 15 minute drive! Shuttle service to the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is provided by Executive Transportation for $24.00 one way and $36.00 round-trip. Please call 1-800-990-8841 the day prior to your arrival or departure to guarantee your reservation. Same day reservations can be accommodated based upon availability.

The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky operates the most affordable service with their modern 2X Airporter bus for just $2 each way – with pickup/drop off right across the street from the hotel’s main entrance. Click here for the current schedule.

Taxis run 24 hours a day at a set fee of $32.00 from the airport to downtown Cincinnati.

* The Dayton International Airport (DAY) in Dayton, OH is located 66 miles from Homewood Suites by Hilton Cincinnati-Downtown. 


Parking at Homewood Suites by Hilton

Valet parking is available at the hotel. Current valet parking charges are $25.00 a day with unlimited in/out privileges. Self-parking is not available. 


More About Homewood Suites by Hilton Cincinnati Downtown

Our Suites

Relax in a modern studio or one-bedroom suite at our extended-stay hotel in downtown Cincinnati; stylishly decorated and featuring all of the amenities you need to relax and stay productive. Enjoy a spacious separate living area, filled with lots of natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows, and offering enough space to work comfortably or entertain friends. Every suite features complimentary WiFi, a sofa bed, a flat-screen TV with premium HD channels, and a fully equipped kitchen, complete with full size refrigerator, microwave, two burner stove, dishwasher, cutlery and flatware.

Guest Perks

At Homewood Suites by Hilton® Cincinnati Downtown you'll enjoy a range of inclusive perks. Enjoy an included hot full breakfast each morning, and after a full day of business or leisure, return to the hotel to relax over evening dinner and drinks*, Monday to Thursday. If you forget something, there's a 24-hour convenience store onsite, stocking a variety of snacks, drinks and sundries.

*Local and state laws apply

National Platinum Sponsor

Dining at Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza & Downtown

Grocery Stores

Kroger
1420 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Hours: 7:00a.m. - 9:00p.m.
(513) 721-7285
0.8 miles from Homewood Suites by Hilton

Whole Foods Market
Rookwood Commons Shopping Center
2693 Edmonson Road
Cincinnati, OH 45209
Hours: 8:00a.m. - 10:00p.m.
(513) 531-8015
6.4 miles from Homewood Suites by Hilton

Dining Downtown Cincinnati

No matter how limited or extensive a person's time or budget, no one will ever go hungry in this city!  From the city’s own 5-way chili to the Hilton’s own Restaurants at Palm Court, Cincinnati has it!

Since the hotel is located within the Carew Tower shopping and dining complex, there are 10 restaurants just steps from the hotel lobby, including: 

In addition, there are over 80 other restaurants within four blocks of the hotel, including the Fountain Square Entertainment District, Backstage Entertainment District and Cincinnati’s newest hotspot, The Banks Riverfront Entertainment District.

Fountain Square Entertainment District

The Banks Riverfront Entertainment District

Love is decidedly in the air along Cincinnati’s waterfront. A city-defining transformation is in full bloom. The scope is nothing less than monumental. The ambition nothing short of historic. And the response? Immediate and overwhelming. The Banks has already changed the way the world sees Cincy – both inside and out. It’s where the community is coming together and coming to life like never before. An emerging renaissance of vibrant places to live. Spectacular places to dine and shop. Impeccable modern and efficient places to work. An energetic entertainment destination to cheer on your team. And so much more on the way. The Banks is an electrifying cityscape, buzzing and bustling with thousands of people reigniting their passion, by day and night, for the City we all love. Downtown Cincy will never be the same. One visit and neither will you. The Banks Riverfront restaurants include:

Newport on the Levee - Newport, KY (across the river from Cincinnati)

Newport on the Levee is a multi-level urban retail entertainment center located on the south bank of the Ohio River in Newport, Kentucky directly across from Downtown Cincinnati. Kick back, relax and enjoy the many experiences at Newport on the Levee. Take in an afternoon movie at AMC Newport, have arcade fun at GameWorks or satisfy your taste buds at any one of the delicious dining venues.

2014 FAACT’s Inaugural Teen Retreat in Chicago was an Absolute Priceless Weekend!

2014 FAACT’s Inaugural Teen Retreat in Chicago was an Absolute Priceless Weekend!

“Living the Dream”, Curtis Zimmerman, was a huge hit at the Welcome Ceremony, once again - and the teens enjoyed the “Murder at the Masquerade” with the Chicago Murder Mystery Company, while the parents attended a social gathering to get to know one another.

Teen sessions were led by food allergy musician Kyle Dine with help from two FAACT spokespersons, actor Kenton Duty and figure skater Kendall Hollinger, and advocate Zac Chelini. They were great mentors! They also led the Teen Panel with parents along with Reed Pake & Kat Schug, also on FAACT's Teen Advisory Council!  

Parent sessions were led by Eleanor Garrow-Holding, FAACT President and CEO. A special thank you to our wonderful speakers who presented for both the teens and the parents: Curtis Zimmerman, Dr's. Matt Greenhawt & Ruchi Gupta, Kim Mudd RN, Kyle Dine, Chef Keith Norman, & Amelia Smith Murphree, JD!

Thank you to Kyle Dine for leading the teen sessions along with FAACT Spokespersons, Kenton Duty & Kendall Hollinger, and Zac Chelini! They were awesome and great mentors! They also led the Teen Panel with parents along with Reed Pake & Kat Schug, also on FAACT's Teen Advisory Council!

The Saturday night teen social, "Halloween Monster Mash Dance Party," was full of dance, music, karaoke, games, and a COSTUME PARTY! Zach K. and Olivia D. were the best costume winners with Cameron A. coming in third place. The teens were very creative with their costumes, and everyone had a blast!

The weekend was EDUCATIONAL, EMPOWERING, and INSPIRING! Experiences were shared, teens learned that they need to continue to be responseABLE, everyone learned that WE need to write OUR own script in life, and we all left with new friendships and bonds! PRICELESS! Everyone learned that WE need to write OUR own script in life, and we all left with new friendships and bonds. 

Thank you to our sponsors for making this weekend possible:

National Platinum Sponsor:
Sanofi US
National Silver Sponsor:
Enjoy Life Foods

Gold Sponsor: National Peanut Board
Silver Sponsor:
Sunbutter

Friends of FAACT: Vermont Nut Free Chocolates, PASCHA Chocolates, Glanbia, The Croner Family, and Allergic Traveler

In-Kind Sponsors: Amanda's Own Confections, Divvies, Fruitful Yield, Romeoville Police Department, and Chicago Wolves.

Thank you to all of the families who traveled to join us this weekend. We had 12 states represented! You all made the weekend so special and FAACTabulous! We cannot wait for next year!

Want to see what a great time we all had? Check out our YouTube slide show from the weekend!

National Bronze Sponsors

 Fountain Square

Nearby Attractions - Things To Do

Cincinnati offers the arts, entertainment, professional sports and attractions in a compact, walkable, safe and vibrant downtown with virtually none of the disadvantages of a "big" city.

The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is located in the heart of downtown adjacent to Cincinnati’s famed city center plaza, Fountain Square. The hotel is part of the Carew Tower Complex and the anchor to the city’s elevated skywalk system where guests have direct access to Macys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., The Shoe Haus, Morton’s Steakhouse, Boi Na Braza Brazilian Steakhouse, Subway and Palomino. In addition, there are over 90 restaurants, bars and shops within four blocks of the hotel.

The Cincinnati Reds and Hall of Fame, the Cincinnati Bengals, museums, theater, Ballet, nightlife and dining entertainment are all within blocks of the hotel. The hotel is also adjacent to famed Fountain Square – the city’s cultural and recreational hub. A $42 million dollar renovation was completed on the square and the area now offers a selection of restaurants, a 42 ft State of the Art Video Board, daily scheduled programs designed for visitors’ enjoyment – from Karaoke to Ice Skating, a water wall and the Tyler Davidson Fountain. Riverboat cruises, Opera, Symphony Orchestra, the Newport Aquarium and additional family fun activities are just a very short cab or city shuttle ride away.

Directions to Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza

Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza is located at:
35 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Reach us by telephone:
513-421-9100 | Toll Free: 1-800-HILTONS

Driving Directions

The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati at the corner of Fifth and Race Streets. It is easily accessible from Interstates I-71 and I-75. The hotel’s luggage, valet and self-parking options are on the left side of Race Street between Fifth and Fourth Streets. Please use 418 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 for your GPS destination (please note: this is not the hotel’s mailing address).

From the Airport

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int'l
DIRECTIONS
Take I-275 East to I-75 North. Take 5th Street Exit and go 3 blocks east to Race. To park, turn right on Race. Luggage drop off on left. Valet & self parking just past doorman on left. Valet under green arrow & self parking in Mabley Garage.

Distance from Hotel:
12 miles
Drive Time:15 min.

TypeTypical Minimum Charge
Limousine 125.00 USD
Super Shuttle 24.00 USD
Rental Car Varies
Taxi 34.00 USD


Cincinnati Municipal/Lunken Field
DIRECTIONS
Take Columbia Parkway West to 6th Street Exit. Follow 6th to Race & turn left on Race. Luggage dropoff on left at 5th & Race. Valet & self parking just past doorman on left. Valet under green arrow & self parking in Mabley Garage.

Distance from Hotel:
8 mi.
Drive Time:12 min.

Airport Shuttle/Transportation

Reservations for transportation can be made by calling toll-free at: 1-800-990-8841. 

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is located twelve miles from downtown Cincinnati and the Hilton – just a short 15 minute drive! Shuttle service to the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is provided by Executive Transportation for $24.00 one way and $36.00 round-trip. Please call 1-800-990-8841 the day prior to your arrival or departure to guarantee your reservation. Same day reservations can be accommodated based upon availability.

The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky operates the most affordable service with their modern 2X Airporter bus for just $2 each way – with pickup/drop off right across the street from the hotel’s main entrance.  Click here for the current schedule.

Taxis run 24 hours a day at a set fee of $32.00 from the airport to downtown Cincinnati.

The Dayton International Airport (DAY) in Dayton, OH is located 66 miles from Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. 

Parking at Hilton

Valet parking is available at the hotel. Current valet parking charges are $28.00 a day with unlimited in/out privileges. Alternatively overnight guests can park at Mabley Place Garage for $23 a day with in/out privileges or park and leave it for $18.00 per 24 hours. Parking is available at other area locations within blocks of the hotel; prices vary from $6.00 to $21.00 a day.

National Contributor Sponsors

FAACTs Sixth Annual Teen Retreat

FAACT's 2019 Teen Retreat

October 4-6, 2019!

The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus

FAACT's Sixth Annual Teen Retreat weekend is all about teens and college students, their siblings, and their parents. The weekend offers an informative program full of fun activities. Teens will learn about managing their food allergies and, more importantly, spend time with peers who have food allergies (and siblings who do not).

Siblings are also affected when a family member has food allergies. Our Teen Retreat is a safe place for them to discuss their concerns with a group who not only understands but can share their own experiences, advice, and solutions.

Teens, college students, and siblings must be between the ages of 11 and 23 to attend the Teen Retreat. It is important for college-aged teens and young adults to be included as well – they can act as mentors to the younger teens and also have the opportunity to connect with their peers and discuss managing food allergies in college. All teens will be together for some sessions for mentoring aspects, and then there will be breakout sessions for middle school, high school, and college.

Parents are in session all day on Saturday learning from healthcare professionals, parent advocates, teen advocates, and Parents have time to bond and share stories during both evenings, as well, while the teens are participating in the social events.

There will be an Expo and additional sessions for parents while the teens are in session on Sunday, including time to socialize and meet the sponsors. All sponsors will have a presence at the Expo to distribute literature, materials, and samples.

To close the weekend, there will be a special parent and teen session together, which is very moving and a wonderful way to end the weekend. It is an inspirational and empowering weekend for the entire family that you will not want to miss!

NOTE: Teens (ages 11-17) must be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian who also attends the Teen Retreat weekend. If 18 and still a senior in high school, he/she must also be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian who attends the Teen Retreat weekend. If 18+ and in college, he/she may attend the Teen Retreat weekend on his/her own, but parents and/or legal guardians are still preferred to attend.

The TEEN and PARENT Schedules will be available by Summer!

Registration fees per person for the weekend are as follows: 
*NOTE: Registration fees include entrance to FAACT's Teen Retreat, socials on Friday evening after the Welcome Ceremony (Parent Meet & Greet and the Teen Social), catered lunch on Saturday (allergen-friendly menu planned with catering staff), coffee/soda/juice breaks, and Teen Social/Dance Party on Saturday evening.

Early Bird Registration through July 1:

$225 - Adults/Parents/Caregivers

$225 - Teens (ages 11-23)

$225 - Teen Siblings (ages 11-23)

 Registration Fees after July 1:

$250 - Adults/Parents/Caregivers

$250 - Teens (ages 11-23)

$250 - Teen Siblings (ages 11-23)

Registration will open in February!


For sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, please contact Eleanor Garrow-Holding.

Friends of FAACT Sponsors

Local Gold Sponsor

In-Kind Sponsors

Don't Go Nuts
Made Good Foods

FAACT's Teen Retreat 2019

SAVE THE DATE - FAACT's Teen Retreat 2019!

OCTOBER 4-6, 2019!
The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus, Oak Brook, Illinois

FAACT’s Sixth Annual Teen Retreat will be held Friday, October 4, through Sunday, October 6, 2019 at The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus in Oak Brook, Illinois.

The Teen Retreat is all about preteens, teens and college students, their siblings, and their parents. The weekend offers an informative program full of fun activities. Teens will learn about managing their food allergies and, more importantly, spend time with peers who have food allergies (and siblings who do not). Siblings are also affected when a family member has food allergies. Our Teen Retreat is a safe place for them to discuss their concerns with a group who not only understands but can share their own experiences, advice, and solutions. 

The TEEN and PARENT Schedules will be available by summer! 

Registration fees per person for the weekend are as follows:
*NOTE:
Registration fees include entrance to FAACT's Teen Retreat, socials on Friday evening after the Welcome Ceremony (Parent Meet & Greet and the Teen Social), catered lunch on Saturday (allergen-friendly menu planned with catering staff), coffee/soda/juice breaks, and Teen Social/Dance Party on Saturday evening. 

Early Bird Registration Fees through July 1:   

$225 - Adults/Parents/Caregivers

$225 - Teens (ages 11-23)

$225 - Teen Siblings (ages 11-23)

Registration Fees after July 1:

$250 - Adults/Parents/Caregivers

$250 - Teens (ages 11-23)

$250 - Teen Siblings (ages 11-23)

NOTE: Teens (ages 11-17) must be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian who also attends the Teen Retreat weekend. If 18 and still a senior in high school, he/she must also be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian who attends the Teen Retreat weekend. If 18+ and in college, he/she may attend the Teen Retreat weekend on his/her own, but parents and/or legal guardians are still preferred to attend.

Registration will open in February!


Hotel Reservations 

The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus
2815 Jorie Blvd. 
Oak Brook, IL 60523 
TEL: 630-581-6603 
$155.00/night plus 9% taxes
Rooms: 2 Queen Beds, Mini Refrigerator, Patio/Balcony, Free Wi-Fi
Check-in: 3:00pm | Check-out: 12:00pm

Online Reservations Link Coming Soon
Discount Code: FAACT
Reservation cut-off date: September 4, 2019 (after September 4th, room rates are full price)


For sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, please contact Eleanor Garrow-Holding.


Want to see what a great time we had in 2018? Check out our YouTube slide show from the weekend!

FAACT's Third Annual Teen Retreat Highlights

FAACT's Third Annual Teen Retreat Highlights

FAACT’s Third Annual Teen Retreat in Las Vegas was an absolute priceless weekend held September 30-October 2, 2016 at The South Point Hotel, Casino, & Spa! We had 16 states represented - amazing!

“Living the Dream”, Curtis Zimmerman, was a huge hit at the Welcome Ceremony, once again. Not only did he teach everyone to juggle, as we all juggle our lives, but Curtis delivered this year with eating fire! He spent time with the teens and then the parents on Saturday and conducted role playing and team building activities

Teen sessions were led by food allergy advocate, Zac Chelini; FAACT teen ambassador, Kendall Hollinger; and Miss Delaware 2016, Amanda Debus, along with Natascia Simone and Emery Gewirtz.

Parent sessions were led by Eleanor Garrow-Holding, FAACT President and CEO. A special thank you to our wonderful speakers who presented for both the teens and the parents: Curtis Zimmerman; Amanda Debus; Humaira Robinson, MSN, RN; Jane Robinson, PhD; Chef Keith Norman; Danya Glabau, PhD; Caroline Moassessi; Jill Mindlin; Zac Chelini; Kendall Hollinger; Emery Gewirtz; Natascia Simone; Paul Kramer; and Maya Konoff.

The teens had a night of team building activities and games on Friday night while the parents gathered for a Meet and Greet. The Saturday night teen dance party was full of dance, music, karaoke, and caricature drawings.

We had many raffles through the weekend, and the lucky winners were:

Natascia Simone & Emery Gewirtz won a gift basket from Enjoy Life Foods with a $250 gift certificate.

Amelia Smith Murphree won a 3-day, 2 night stay at The South Point Hotel, Casino, & Spa with a dinner for two at Don Vito’s and tickets to a headliner show.

Ria Patag won one (1) free registration for FAACT’s Camp TAG 2017 in the location of their choice.

Mallory Knell and Imelda Patag each won free registration for two (2) for FAACT’s Teen Conference 2017.

Amelia Smith Murphree won one (1) gift basket from Divvies full of yummy treats.

Jill Mindlin and Caroline Moassessi each won a San Jamar’s Allergen Saf-T-Zone System with cooking mats.

Riley Cothran won a $25 gift certificate from Vermont Nut Free Chocolates.

The weekend was EDUCATIONAL, EMPOWERING, and INSPIRING! Experiences were shared, teens learned that they need to continue to be responseABLE, everyone learned that WE need to write OUR own script in life, and we all left with new friendships and bonds! PRICELESS!everyone learned that WE need to write OUR own script in life, and we all left with new friendships and bonds.

Thank you to our sponsors for making this weekend possible:

National Gold Sponsor: Sanofi US

National Silver Sponsors: National Peanut Board and Enjoy Life Foods

National Contributor Sponsor: SunButter

Friends of FAACT: Vermont Nut Free Chocolates

In-Kind Sponsors: Divvies, Enjoy Life Foods, San Jamar, and South Point Hotel & Casino

Want to see what a great time we all had? Check out our YouTube slide show from the weekend!

Thank you to all of the families who took the time out of your busy schedules and traveled to join us this weekend. You all made the weekend so special and FAACTabulous! We cannot wait for next year!

SAVE THE DATE FOR 2017: October 20-22, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

FAACT's Fifth Annual Teen Retreat.

Registration & Schedules for Teens and Parents

We look forward to seeing many of you in Cincinnati for FAACT's Fifth Annual Teen Retreat. We have a full-packed weekend planned for the teens, siblings, and parents. You definitely don't want to miss this weekend to meet others who live the same lives and share the same experiences as you and your family.

FAACT Spokesperson, Zac Chelini, will be leading the teen sessions with help from FAACT Teen Ambassador, Kendall Renee and FAACT Spokespersons, Emery Gewirtz and Miss Constitution Connecticut 2018 Natascia Simone.

The Teen Retreat will be full of hands-on and interactive sessions, and there is plenty of fun to be had for all!

* The Friday & Saturday Nights Teen Socials will consist of games, dance, music, karaoke, and more! There will be prizes!

* We have a full schedule for the parents’ sessions as well, hearing from leading experts and advocates, and conducting interactive sessions. There will be a Parent’s Social Friday & Saturday evenings while the teens are enjoying their social events.

The TEEN and PARENT Schedules are now available!

Registration fees per person for the weekend are as follows:
*NOTE: The teen and teen sibling registration fees are higher than the parents because FAACT is hosting an allergy-friendly luncheon for the teens/teen siblings at Palomino's Italian restaurant on Saturday from 12p-2p in between education sessions. Many have asked to go out on their own for lunch with their peers, and FAACT has arranged a private luncheon with a selected menu with Palomino's. Palomino's does an excellent job in managing multiple food allergies and are allergy aware and educated.

Registration Fees:   

$160 - Adults/Parents/Caregivers

$195 - Teens (ages 11-23)

$195 - Teen Siblings (ages 11-23)

 

NOTE: Teens (ages 11-17) must be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian who also attends the Teen Retreat weekend. If 18 and still a senior in high school, he/she must also be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian who attends the Teen Retreat weekend. If 18+ and in college, he/she may attend the Teen Retreat weekend on his/her own, but parents and/or legal guardians are still preferred to attend.

Register Today!

Deadline to Register is Friday, October 5, 2018! DON'T MISS OUT!

FAACT Teen Retreat Speakers 2017

FAACT Teen Retreat Speakers 2018

FAACT is pleased to work with so many, wonderful experts and individuals for this year\\'s Teen Retreat in Cincinnati, OH. Presenters are as follows (presenters and topics are subject to change):

  • J. Pablo Abonia, MD - Cincinnati Children's Division of Allergy & Immunology, Ohio
  • Zac Chelini - FAACT Spokesperson and Teen Leader, Nevada
  • Eleanor Garrow-Holding - FAACT President & CEO, Ohio
  • Emery Gewirtz - Food Allergy Advocate, Camp TAG Counselor, and Teen Leader/Speaker, New Jersey
  • Bailey Hershman - Food Allergy Advocate, Camp TAG Counselor, and Teen Speaker, New Jersey
  • Kendall Renee - FAACT Teen Ambassador and Teen Leader, California
  • Maya Konoff - Food Allergy Advocate, Camp TAG Counselor, and Teen Speaker, New York
  • Linda Menighan - Food Allergy Advocate and Speaker, New Jersey
  • Ron Meyer - Life Coach, The Family First Coach, Ohio
  • Caroline Roswog - Food Allergy Advocate, Texas
  • Natascia Simone - Food Allergy Advocate, Camp TAG Counselor, and Teen Leader/Speaker, Connecticut
  • Curtis Zimmerman - National Inspirational Speaker and Best-Selling Author, Ohio

The TEEN and PARENT Schedules are now available!

DON'T MISS OUT! REGISTER TODAY!

FAACT's Second Annual Teen Retreat Highlights

FAACT’s Second Annual Teen Retreat in Las Vegas was an absolute priceless weekend held October 9-11, 2015 at The South Point Hotel, Casino, & Spa! We had 16 states represented - amazing!

 “Living the Dream”, Curtis Zimmerman, was a huge hit at the Welcome Ceremony, once again. Not only did he teach everyone to juggle, as we all juggle our lives, but Curtis delivered this year with eating fire! He spent time with the teens and then the parents on Saturday and conducted role playing and team building activities.

Teen sessions were led by food allergy advocate, Zac Chelini, and FAACT spokespersons, actor Kenton Duty and figure skater Kendall Hollinger. They were wonderful mentors and led the Teen Panel for parents along with Natascia Simone, Emery Gewirtz, and Amanda Guardia.

Parent sessions were led by Eleanor Garrow-Holding, FAACT President and CEO. A special thank you to our wonderful speakers who presented for both the teens and the parents: Curtis Zimmerman; Humaira Robinson, MSN, RN; Daniella Knell; Stefanie Curry, MSW, LCSW; and Chef Keith Norman.

The teens had a night of bowling on Friday night while the parents gathered for a Meet and Greet. The Saturday night teen dance party was full of dance, music, karaoke, and caricature drawings.

We had many raffles through the weekend, and the lucky winners were:

Colleen & Martin Guardia won a gift basket along with two airfare tickets for a 2-day, 1-night trip to Chicago to visit Enjoy Life Foods headquarters, receive a tour, and meet with the leadership team while there.

Imelda Patag won a 3-day, 2 night stay at The South Point Hotel, Casino, & Spa with a dinner for two at Don Vito’s and tickets to a headliner show.

Michele Abbott and Diane Bates each won one (1) free registration for FAACT’s Camp TAG 2016 in the location of their choice.

Desi Tucker won free registration for two (2) for FAACT’s Teen Conference 2016.

Anne Majka, Natascia Simone, and Emery Gewirtz each won one (1) gift basket from Divvies full of yummy treats.

Jeff Duty, Desi Tucker, and Rachel Maggio each won a San Jamar’s Allergen Saf-T-Zone System from South Point Hotel, Casino, & Spa.

The weekend was EDUCATIONAL, EMPOWERING, and INSPIRING! Experiences were shared; teens learned that they need to continue to be responseABLE; everyone learned that WE need to write OUR own script in life; and we all left with new friendships and bonds! PRICELESS!

Thank you to our sponsors for making this weekend possible:

National Platinum Sponsor: Sanofi US
National Bronze Sponsors: Enjoy Life Foods and SunButter
Friends of FAACT: Vermont Nut Free Chocolates
In-Kind Sponsors: Divvies, Enjoy Life Foods, and South Point Hotel & Casino

Want to see what a great time we all had? Check out our YouTube slide show from the weekend!

Thank you to all of the families who took the time out of your busy schedules and traveled to join us this weekend. You all made the weekend so special and FAACTabulous! We cannot wait for next year!

Curtis Zimmerman, “Living the Dream,” returns for FAACT’s Teen Conference

Curtis Zimmerman, “Living the Dream,” returns for FAACT’s Teen Retreat

Curtis Zimmerman has always been a huge hit with parents and teens at conferences. Having celiac disease himself, Zimmerman relates to the challenges faced by food-allergic groups and is very engaging. “We are thrilled to have Curtis join us each year for FAACT’s Teen Retreat,” says FAACT CEO Eleanor Garrow-Holding. “Not only will Curtis be delivering the keynote at the Opening Ceremony, he will also be conducting two, 90-minute interactive sessions on Saturday morning – one with teens and one with parents. It is definitely going to be an inspirational, empowering weekend for all."

Both as a speaker and author, Curtis Zimmerman has reached more than one million people around the globe with his life-changing messages and award-winning programs. Curtis is an expert at transforming organizations by inspiring individuals to live their lives at a higher level of performance.

Curtis’ unique combination of humor, personal stories, and interactive activities affect an audience like no other. He started his entrepreneurial career at the age of twelve, marketing and self-managing himself as a mime and juggler.  He was a nationally recognized mime performing at such notable places as Universal Studio-Hollywood, where he won Entertainer of the Year; Caesars Palace in Las Vegas; and performing arts centers coast to coast. He then took to the seas, performing on numerous cruise ships traveling all over the world.

His deeply profound insight and perspective coupled with his high energy presentations have made him a highly sought out speaker for more than 20,000 airmen for the United States Air Force and among such notable companies as Walt Disney Entertainment, Swiss Army Brands, Luxottica Retail, and Procter and Gamble.

Curtis currently resides in the greater Cincinnati area with his wife and three children.

FAACT's Fourth Annual Teen Retreat Highlights

FAACT's Fourth Annual Teen Retreat Highlights

FAACT’s Fourth Annual Teen Retreat in Cincinnati was an absolute priceless weekend held October 20-22, 2017 at The Hilton Netherland Plaza! We had 40 teens and 40 parents, representing 12 states - amazing!

“Living the Dream”, Curtis Zimmerman, was a huge hit at the Welcome Ceremony, once again. Teen sessions were led by food allergy advocate, Zac Chelini; FAACT teen ambassador, Kendall Hollinger; and Natascia Simone, Emery Gewirtz and Matt Willins.

Parent sessions were led by Eleanor Garrow-Holding, FAACT President and CEO. A special thank you to our wonderful speakers who presented for both the teens and the parents: Curtis Zimmerman; Ron Meyer; Dori Chelini; Pam Freeman; Linda Menighan; Jill Mindlin; Caroline Moassessi; Zac Chelini; Kendall Hollinger; Emery Gewirtz; Natascia Simone; Matt Willins; Max Forrest; Paul Kramer; Maya Konoff; and Leila Moassessi.

The teens had a night of games and getting to know one another on Friday night while the parents gathered for a Meet and Greet. The Saturday night teen dance party was full of dance, music, and games.

We had many raffles through the weekend provided by a few of our sponsors and FAACT. The lucky winners were:

  • Rebecca Lund won one (1) free registration for FAACT’s Camp TAG 2018 in the location of their choice.
  • Linda & Caroline Roswog won free registration for two (2) for FAACT’s Teen Conference 2017.
  • Renee Payne won the gift basket of products from Enjoy Life Foods.
  • Rebecca Lund won the gift basket from Divvies full of yummy treats.
  • Wendy Kadushin, Stephanie Lowe, and Renee Payne each won a San Jamar’s Allergen Saf-T-Zone System with cooking mats.
  • Kelley Sullivan won a $25 gift certificate from Vermont Nut Free Chocolates.
  • Emery Gewirtz, Linda Roswog, and Kelley Sullivan each won a gift bag from Kiss Freely.

The weekend was EDUCATIONAL, EMPOWERING, and INSPIRING! PRICELESS!

Thank you to our sponsors for making our Teen Retreat weekend possible:

National Sponsors: National Peanut Board and Enjoy Life Foods
National Bronze Sponsors: Kaléo and Mylan
National Contributor Sponsors: Nutricia and Surf Sweets
Friends of FAACT Sponsor: Vermont Nut Free Chocolates
Local Silver Sponsor: ZEGO Snacks
Local Bronze Sponsor: Kiss Freely
In-Kind Sponsors: Divvies, PASCHA Chocolates, San Jamar, and SunButter.

Want to see what a great time we all had? Check out our YouTube slide show from the weekend!

Thank you to all of the families who took the time out of your busy schedules and traveled to join us this past weekend. You all made the weekend so special. We cannot wait for next year!