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New Years Eve at the University Hilton!!! With Ground Zero! Second Annual!


Ok, it seems rather opulent that there would be a champagne bottle and chocolate covered strawberries in our rooms when we arrived last year , but hey!  We have worked hard all year, and it is, after all, New Years' Eve!!!!!

So University Hilton will be doing the same THIS year, and YOU can be a part of it!  With your friends at Ground Zero Singles Over 40 and Good Eats and Meets!  I LOVE it!!!

We had SOOO much fun last year and we want to do it AGAIN!  So I am posting this one early so you can sign up for it early and get the best room arrangements!

Here's the deal - you sign up at University Hilton and pay in advance (you have plenty of time to save up, so NO excuses!) and you can arrange for either a single room or a room with a friend!

Here is what you get for your $195.00 per person (double occupancy).  The early bird price of $170 per person (D/O) has just gone up and may go up again.  I just talked to Jenna in sales and she said meetup members are signing up in droves, so go ahead and book your room through the hotel..

Your room, two double beds, flannel robes, great suites overlooking the city in the distance, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival!  Meet at the rooms of the Ground Zero Organizers (ask at the desk) for the pre-party - BYOB and snax if desired.  Get to know one another and chat. Ask at check-in as you get your wrist bands where Ground Zero will be meeting for the pre-party.  BYOB to share but no need to bring munchies to the pre-party!  We want to be hungry for all the great food they serve literally all evening.  If you need to contact me when you get there, just text me (Patricia) at[masked] and I will let you know where we all are.

At Appetizer time, we go down to the lower floor where all the banquet rooms are, enjoy meeting and greeting one another and the open bar starts.  Last year's comments were, "Wow!  They don't serve up the cheap stuff here!"  The open bar is included in your price and goes all evening with a top-off at midnight of a champagne toast and balloon drop!

The buffet is out of this world!  Stations with chefs carving up roast beef, seafood station, you name it, it's there.  And not just run of the mill fare.  This is all top notch stuff!  You get what you pay for!  And then some!

Last year Hot Sauce and another great band performed all evening for dancing on the big dance floor.  We were all dressed to the nines, suits and tux's for the guys, gowns short or long for the gals, and well fitted for a top notch place on New Year's Eve.  The music and atmosphere were electric!

And if that weren't enough, they served up the most extensive dessert buffet I have ever seen, and I've been to Vegas many times and been to many casino buffets.  The quality of U Hilton's dessert fare is unprecedented in my book!

Then, they served up sandwiches an hour later, just in case somebody still had an inch of space left to fill, lol!  And the bar continued to pour great wine, beer, liquor drinks, whatever you wanted.  Oy Gehvohlt!

It was all concluded by a champagne toast at midnight and a balloon drop while the desserts were still available.  The band was still playing for about an hour after midnight.  Then we all went up to our beautiful room which overlooked the skyline of CLT in the distance...beautiful!  And the beds are SOOO comfortable!  AND we got to sleep in the next morning!  With a later checkout as well as an option to stay another night for a reduced rate!  They served up a great breakfast buffet with all the fruits you could name, plus yogurt, bacon, sausage, eggs, made to order omelettes, pancakes, you name it.  All included with your wrist band proving you are with Ground Zero Singles Over 40!

 Sign up early to get in.  Tickets are available to those who do not wish to spend the night, but truly, it is a better deal and safer if you book WITH the room!  If you need to find a room mate, (guys seem to have a problem with this), we will help you.

See you all there!  Sign up early and get your spot before it fills up!  When capacity is reached, Hilton closes the available rooms/space in the party down and that's that.  Don't miss out!

 Below is the menu for this year which I just accessed via the U Hilton site:

 New Year’s Eve Menu 2013


Assorted Baby Greens Served with Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Croutons and Cheese

Caesar Salad

Shrimp and crab Ceviche salad served with fresh tortilla chips and lime

Broccoli salad tossed with creamy peppercorn dressing, bacon, peppers and dried cranberries

Assorted Seasonal Fruits and Berries

Fresh Vegetable Display

Assorted domestic and imported cheese

Iced Seafood Display

Shucked Oysters

Shrimp Cocktail

Steamed mussels and clams

Served with Cocktail Sauce, Lemon and Mini Tabasco

Gourmet Pasta Station

Assorted pastas

Three Cheese Alfredo, Roasted Red Pepper Marinara,

Pesto Sauces

Cheese Stuffed Bread Sticks


Red wine Braised beef short ribs

Braising sauce, roasted fingerling potatoes

Crab, shrimp and lobster cakes

Sautéed spinach, light lobster sauce

Grilled chicken breast

Wild mushroom and cognac sauté, asparagus and oven dried tomatoes

Starches and Vegetables

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Fresh steamed vegetable mélange

Wild rice pilaf

Freshly Baked Rolls and Butter

Carving Stations

Carved NY strip loin

Slow Roasted airline turkey breast

Served with Au Jus, Dijon, Horseradish Cream, Mayonnaise and Dinner Rolls

Cranberry and gravy


Selection of Cakes Pies, Cheesecakes, Chocolate

Mousse & Fresh Fruit Tarts

Mangia Mangia!!!  I'm salivating!  Are you???

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Meet and Greet other guests if you wish. Room 613! See you there!

    December 31, 2013

  • Heather

    If there are 3 of us... staying in the same room... how does that work?

    December 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The price is the same for each of you so one in a bed n two in the other bed. No discount on numbers. We have lots of members from many groups. Make sure you book by calling the University Hilton and talk to Sara or Melissa in Sales. Tell her you are booking under Ground Zero because we have reserved seating so we can all be together! Glad you're coming! We have three in our double room too (maybe four. Please join is for the Meet and Greet in my and Connie's room. No need to bring munchies. We're saving our appetites for the Banquet!

      December 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    if any guy who is coming needs a room mate, please email Wayne Waddel. He needs to share a room to cut costs. Hopefully they still have rooms left. It's getting mighty close!

    December 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Make sure you book through the Hilton to make sure you get in! You can cancel up till the 20th of December but after that you're locked in. Also be sure you tell them in Sales (Jenna is working with our group) that you are with the Ground Zero group so we can all be hopefully on the same floor! This does fill up and we had trouble last year with people trying to sign up late but it was already filled.

    October 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It has changed to Sara or Melissa in Sales. Make sure you tell them you are with Ground Zero Singles Over 40.

      December 17, 2013

  • Ken W.

    Hilton wasn't sure what type of price they negotiated with the group. Can anyone post that information. Thanks

    September 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Our price is $170 per person for double occupancy. Single occupant is $240. Make sure you tell them in Sales when you book your room that you are with Ground Zero Singles so they will try to put you on the same floor as the rest of the members. Last year was a blast! We were glad you could join us!

      October 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Update - the Early Bird price of $170 per person based on double occupancy has been raised to $195 per person because of the huge number signing up for this. You should pay ASAP through the University Hilton if you want to get the current price. It may go up again!

      November 20, 2013

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