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Bloomington Hospitality Association Awards First Scholarship to
Normandale Community College Student Megan Palmer

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – October 5, 2007 - The Bloomington Hospitality Association (BHA) awarded their first scholarship as an association to Megan Palmer at an awards banquet held at the Ramada Mall of America hotel on August 30. 

In 2006, The BHA voted to approve the scholarship fund dedicated to students from our community who plan on attending Normandale 
Community College’s hospitality program.  

left to right: Dave Brott, BHA President; Megan Palmer, Award Recipient; 
Jim Saccoman, Ramada Mall of America General Manager.
Megan Palmer is planning on using her scholarship towards an internship in the hospitality field, summer of 2008. Palmer expressed her 
gratitude, “I am very honored to be the first to receive this scholarship and I hope many students in the future will be honored in the same 
way. I would like to thank all the Hoteliers of the Bloomington area and south of the river, my professors in hospitality: Brian Bergquist, 
Dan Creed, Barbara Conner, and Barney Klecker, and my family and friends that have supported me along the way.” 

The Bloomington Hospitality Association is made up of hotel and restaurant owners and managers dedicated to creating partnerships, 
maintaining a unified voice and addressing issues relative to the industry. 

“The BHA scholarship is our most recent example of our commitment to community involvement by supporting its students and education,” said Jim Saccoman, General Manager, Ramada Mall of America. 

The Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau is the marketing arm for the City of Bloomington and aggressively markets Bloomington, 
Minnesota, area attractions, and the surrounding communities, to visitors around the world. Bloomington is located adjacent to 
Minneapolis and St. Paul, just minutes from the International Airport, is the home of Mall of America, and is a premier destination for 
meetings, conventions, and tourism. For visitor information, special offers and to book hotel rooms online visit 


Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau
7900 International Drive, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN  55425
ph: (952) 858-8500

Also See: Jim Saccoman Named General Manager of Ramada Mall of America, Bloomington, MN: Substantial Financial Investment in Improvements Expected at the Former Thunderbird Hotel / April 2007


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