Special Events

Companion Program
Tuesday, August 20 - Friday, August 23, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Cost: $100

Companions of registrants can connect with others, see old friends and make new ones during PATRAM 2013. In addition to a complimentary ticket to the Welcome Reception and to the Banquet, the Companion Program includes exclusive access to a Companion Hospitality Room Tuesday through Friday, from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served each day and a professional concierge will be on hand to assist companions with making plans in the San Francisco area. Registered companions must present their badge for admittance.

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors
Sunday, August 18, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Cost: One ticket is included with each full registration and each companion registration.
Additional tickets are available for $35 per person.

Kick off the meeting by reconnecting with your fellow PATRAM 2013 attendees and exhibitors. A light meal will be served. Host bar service is offered during the Welcome Reception.

Alcatraz Tour
Tuesday, August 20, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Guests will depart from the Taylor Street Entrance.
Cost: $85

A former maximum security penitentiary located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz housed criminals including notorious gangsters Al Capone, ‘Baby Face’ Nelson and ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly; deemed too dangerous to be held at any other maximum security prisons.

Today, Alcatraz Island is one of Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s most popular destinations, offering a close-up look at a historic and infamous federal prison.  Guests arrive by ferryboat, a short trip with outstanding views of the San Francisco Bay. Here, they will enjoy an award-winning audio tour highlighting cialis generico the history of the island beginning with Spanish discovery, early military fortifications, the infamous usage as a maximum-security prison, and finally to its current status as a national park. After experiencing the remnants of the prison and experiencing the island’s natural beauty and wildlife, guests board the ferry for the return trip to San Francisco.

Once back on land, guests will have free time to explore a Ferry Building.

Chinatown Walking Tour w/ Lunch & Union Square
Wednesday, August 21, 9:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $110

Guests will begin the walking tour by walking through Yerba Buena Gardens, a burgeoning area with outstanding architecture and public art. Then the journey begins with the exploration of Chinatown, landmarked by the famous red archway and Foo Dog icons. Reminiscent of old-world Shanghai, the crowded and bustling 16 blocks truly represent another world and the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Hints of Chinese traditions are everywhere; bright red banners are displayed from storefronts and traditional clothing hangs in shop windows. Shoppers discover jewelry in traditional jade, hand-embroidered apparel and linens, house wares, fine teas, and Chinese herbal remedies. Additionally, a trip to Chinatown would not be complete without a visit to the fortune cookie factory. 
Following the tour of Chinatown, guests will dine at E&O Trading Company and then have time on their own to shop at Union Square. Union Square is the hub of San Francisco’s fashionable shopping district. Colorful sidewalk flower stands, luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants, designer boutiques, specialty retailers and department stores, including Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, flank Union Square’s four sides.

Thursday, August 22, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Cost: One ticket is included with each full registration and each companion registration.
Additional tickets are available for $80 per person.

The perfect end to a perfect meeting! Attendees will savor a wonderful dinner created by the Hilton San Francisco Union Square chef. Cash bar and wine service will be offered.

Pandora's Promise
Friday, August 23, 10:40 a.m.
Continental 4-6

Friday's plenary session will be a presentation of Pandora's Promise, a documentary film by Academy-Award®-nominated director Robert Stone. Learn more or view the trailer.