President’s Reception

2019 President’s Reception

Location/Time/Date: JW Marriott- Austin (Texas) on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00 PM.

This year’s  President’s Reception will honor Dr.C. Blake Simpson during the ALA 140th Annual Meeting. A musical tribute will be performed by the The Willy Kickit Band of which Dr. Simpson was an original member before he pursued his current career in our field.  This group has received high recognition as one of the Classical Rock Bands of the 1980’s when they formed to with personnel and by design that the music would be rock and roll driven.  The name itself took a play on words with the phrase,”will he kick it” and  shortened it to “Willy Kick It” to distinguish it from Willie Nelson.

To purchase tickets for the 2019 President’s Reception, you may click on this link to print an invoice for tickets  with the mailing address and fax number. Tickets  purchased on or before  April 15, 2019 will be available for $90 for ALA members and $120 beginning April 16th.  Non-members may purchase tickets during the same time period for $100 and $125 beginning April 16th.  For payment via credit card (VISA, MasterCard or American Express), PayPal is available; however, payment via check is accepted. To obtain a digit invoice, contact  our Administrator, Maxine Cunningham, at or by phone at 615-812-6170.


Dr. C. Blake Simpson

2019 ALA President