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2018 Annual Conference

2018 Annual Conference

We are pleased to announce that PSC Partners Seeking a Cure’s 14th annual conference for PSC patients and caregivers will take place in Sacramento, California, from June 22-24, 2018. The conference will be held in partnership with the UC Davis Medical Center, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Click HERE to view the 2018 conference flyer. Please make copies of this flyer and ask your medical provider to display it in their office. (Please download the flyer to your computer first and then print for best results)

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Important Details

CONFERENCE FAQs: If this will be your first PSC Partners conference, be sure to visit the Annual Conference FAQ page and the Attendee Testimonials to learn more about this annual event.  In addition, please plan to attend the Newcomer Orientation presentation on Friday, 06/22/18 at 9;00 – 9:30am.  If you need further information or have any questions, please write to us at contactus@pscpartners.org or call our office at (303) 771-5227. We are available 9AM to 5PM (MDT).

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GENERAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION


CONFERENCE AGENDA: The 2018 conference officially begins Friday morning, and ends on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM. Please see the 2018 Conference Agenda for details of the entire weekend. We strongly suggest that your travel plans permit you to attend all conference activities including the pre-conference Meet and Greet dinner on Thursday evening (6/21/2018), and also the Sunday morning peer session, as many past conference attendees have commented on how valuable this session is for them.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEES: All fees must be received by 6/09/2018.

  • Early Bird Registration through 4/08/2018: $200 per person
  • Regular Registration 4/09/2018 – 5/28/2018: $220 per person
  • Late Registration 5/29/2018 – 6/09/2018: $250 per person
  • Corporate/Professional & Medical Provider Registration Through 6/09/2018: $310 per person

Conference fee includes: The continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch, snack and banquet dinner Saturday, breakfast and snack Sunday, evening entertainment, presentations, breakouts, open forums and all conference materials. The Thursday evening dinner will cost an additional $23 if you have elected to join us for this pre-conference event. Conference fee applies to ALL those who attend ANY PART of our conference and cannot be pro-rated. Conference fee receipts and confirmations will be sent to your e-mail address.

PEER GROUPS: If this is your first conference, you will notice that you will be assigned to a peer group that meets at various times throughout the weekend. These groups meet together to learn and share their knowledge and experiences. Whether you are a Teen PSCer, a Spouse, a Post-Transplant PSCer or if you are a Caregiver Coping with Loss and Carrying on the Spirit, there is a peer group for everyone.

MENTOR/MENTEE: If you are a first-time attendee (either a PSCer or a caregiver), we suggest that you request a mentor when you fill out your registration form. We will match you with a mentor who will be in your same peer group during the weekend. You will have the opportunity to communicate with your mentor before the conference and ask any questions you may have. During the lunch on Friday, you will have the opportunity to be introduced to your Mentor/Mentee if you haven’t already connected with them earlier.

TEEN/COLLEGE-AGED PROGRAM: We have organized some specific activities for the teens and college-aged PSCers attending the conference, including a chaperoned outing just for this peer group. Once the teens and college-aged attendees register for the conference, we will send them (and their parents) an update with the weekend details.

ATTENDEES: The nature of all conference activities is exclusively directed towards PSC patients and caregivers 13 years of age and older. No one under the age of 13 may attend any part of the conference, including meals. Meals are restricted for registered attendees only.

GO GREEN!  Most of the weekend activities take place at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, located at 1230 J Street (13th and J Street) in Sacramento, California 95814. You will NOT need a car. Directions to the Sheraton Grand are listed below. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from the conference at the Sheraton Grand. Airport taxi and rideshare (Uber, Lyft) services are available.

TRANSPORTATION: There are several transportation options available in Sacramento that provide easy access by ground or air.

  • Major Airport: Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is about 10 miles northwest of downtown Sacramento, in Sacramento County, California.
  • Taxi Charge from Sacramento International Airport to Sheraton Grand Hotel (13 minutes one way): Approximately $40-$45
  • San Francisco Airport (SFO) Approximately 3 hour drive to Sacramento – Northeast

CONFERENCE CHECK-IN: There will be a PSC Partners registration desk in the Sheraton Grand Hotel from Thursday morning (6/21/18) through Saturday afternoon (6/23/18) so that conference attendees can sign in early and pick up their information packets as soon as they arrive. Please wear your conference name tag to all events, including the Thursday evening get-together, so that we can get to know each other throughout the weekend.

PRE-CONFERENCE CASUAL DINNER ON THURSDAY, JUNE 21: We hope that you’ll consider arriving by Thursday evening to participate in our pre-conference get-together. This year the dinner will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Masonic Temple of Sacramento, 1123 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. The Masonic Temple is about a block away from the Sheraton.

A festive summer menu will be served. The fees for this pre-conference event, ($23 per person), are not included in your conference registration: tickets MUST be purchased in advance. Please purchase your tickets when you register for the conference. Conference attendees, particularly first-time attendees, appreciate the opportunity to get acquainted with other PSCers and caregivers before our more formal educational schedule starts on Friday.  For the Thursday evening dinner, family members not attending the conference, may also attend if they purchase a dinner ticket before 06/09/18. Conference attendees will be charged in addition to their individual registration. Additional dinner tickets may be purchased ($23/per person) by sending a check to the Colorado office at 6900 E Belleview Ave., Suite 202, Greenwood Village, CO 80111 or via our online donation page on this website. Regardless of which payment method you use, please include the names of the guests attending with you so we can issue a dinner ticket for them and add them to the guest list. Also, please let us know if guests are gluten free or vegetarian. Pre-purchased dinner tickets will be available for pick up at the conference registration tables located in the lobby of the Sheraton Grand Hotel. We encourage you to come early and join us for this pre-conference event!

IMPORTANT HOTEL INFORMATION

The 2018 PSC Partners Conference begins officially on the morning of Friday June 22nd, and continues through mid-day Sunday, June 24. Almost all of the conference events will take place at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, 1230 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 447-1700. We hope that you will consider arriving in Sacramento on Thursday, 6/21/18, to join us for an informal pre-conference meet and greet pre-conference dinner. Click HERE to view the hotel in Google Maps and obtain directions from your location.

Sheraton Grand Hotel and area

DISCOUNTED ROOM RATE: We are pleased to offer a discounted group rate for conference attendees! This year, for the nights of Thursday, Friday and Saturday (June 21-23), PSC Partners Seeking a Cure will subsidize $20.00 per room per night for conference attendees staying at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel. When you reserve online for these dates, the group room rate of $139.00 per night, plus taxes and fees, will appear on your confirmation email. This group rate does NOT reflect the additional $20.00 subsidy provided by PSC Partners – you will see the subsidy on your final room bill after your stay, but you will not see the $20.00 subsidy when you make your reservation.

TO BOOK YOUR ROOM: The Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel has set up a personalized group page for conference attendees to reserve their hotel rooms. To take advantage of our special group rate and subsidy, please click HERE. If you prefer to call for reservations instead, please call 1-800-325-3535 and ask for the PSC 2018 Rate at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel.

If you would like to extend your stay before or after the conference, the PSC Partners $139.00 group rate will be available for conference attendees from June 18-25, 2018 on a first-come, first served basis depending upon availability. This discounted group rate of $139.00 per night is guaranteed until the group block of rooms is filled or by the deadline of May 25, 2018, whichever happens first. After May 25th, the discounted group rate will only be offered depending on availability and prevailing rates, so it is strongly advised that you make reservations as soon as possible to take advantage of the group rate.

Although the group rate of $139.00 is available from June 18-25, 2018, the additional $20.00 subsidy per night is only available on the nights of June 21, 22 & 23. We always try to minimize the cost of conference attendance for patients and caregivers, which is why the $20.00 subsidy is available for the nights of the conference for attendees staying at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento. For these three nights, if you book before the room block is filled or May 25 (whichever happens first), the cost of your room will be $119.00 per night, plus taxes and fees.

VALET PARKING: Complimentary valet parking for conference speakers and attendees is available at the hotel during the 2018 conference. To take advantage of the complimentary parking, drive up to the valet attendant located in front of the hotel on J Street and the valet attendants will park the conference attendee cars. Be sure to tell the valet that you are attending the conference. The valets will be using the same garage as the cars that are self-parked. The charges for the complimentary valet will be deducted from your hotel bill upon checkout. If you self-park, the complimentary parking fee will NOT apply. The complimentary parking fee does not include tip for the valet.

SELF-PARKING: Self-Parking is available but is not complimentary for conference attendees. Hourly/daily parking rates will apply for self-parking.

PARKING LOCATION:
Ace Parking Garage
900 13th Street
Sacramento, 95814

Directions: From J Street, Turn Left at 13th Street, From 13th Street, Turn Left into the Garage.  No vehicles over 7’ (2.13 meters) are allowed.

SACRAMENTO LOCAL ATTRACTIONS AND POINTS OF INTEREST

For more information about Sacramento’s attractions, points of interest, dining and events, please visit https://www.visitsacramento.com/psc-partners-seeking-a-cure/. The site is updated periodically to include information about current events and activities to enjoy during your visit to Sacramento.


Questions? Contact us at contactus@pscpartners.org or (303) 771-5227 and we’ll be happy to help!