Couple thought they’d lost it all, then win free $10,000 reception at the Salem Waterfront Hotel just weeks before the wedding date.Â
Salem, Massachusetts–Tracy Napolitano and Corey Cappocia were going to be married in a lavish ceremony on October 11th and spend the rest of their lives in wedded bliss. But that was before the Georgetown Club closed its doors for good, leaving the couple (and dozens of others) without their pricey deposit or a place to celebrate their wedding reception.
When Salem Waterfront Hotel owner Mike Rockett heard the news he decided to help out by giving away a $10,000 wedding to one of the unfortunate couples. Â Working with Billy Costa and the Matty in the Morning crew at Kiss 108 radio, the chance for one of these couples to win a free wedding went out over the air. Â Â
“I never win anything so I was in total shock when the station told me we were the winners,” said Tracy. who got an on-air call at 7:30 in the morning. Â Even more shocked was her Fiance. “I never told him I had entered the contest,” Tracey explained.Â
The couple started working with the Salem Waterfront Hotel staff this weekend, cramming the past year and a half wedding plans into just three short weeks. Â
“When something like this happens, people step up,” said Mike Rockett, who explained that the vendors the couple had been working with were all being very accommodating. ” In a tough economy, it’s a little ray of hope.”Â
The couples’ wedding reception for 120 guests will begin in the hotel’s Compass Room with a before-the -reception cocktail hour, complete with cru de te platters and butler-served Hors devours. Â It will then move to the hotel’s chandeliered ballroom where a four-course custom prepared meal under the direction of Paul Goodhue, the hotel’s executive chef will be served. After a night of celebration, dining and dancing, the couple will spend the first night of their honeymoon at the hotel.Â
“I know it’s been a real emotional swing for Tracey and Corey,” Mike said. “I’m just glad we were able to help them out. “
Located at Pickering Wharf on Derby St. in the heart of Salem MA, the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites features 86 rooms and suites and is known for its friendly service, luxurious accommodations and the attention to detail that guests expect from this fine boutique style establishment. Â With a chandeliered ballroom that can accommodate 300, as well as several meeting rooms, the hotel is the ideal location for weddings, events and business meetings.