Saint Paul RiverCentre Grand Ballroom Dedicated in Honor of the Late William Morrissey
Saint Paul RiverCentre honored the late William Morrissey yesterday during a dedication ceremony that renamed the facility's Grand Ballroom in his memory. The new William Morrissey Grand Ballroom at Saint Paul RiverCentre commemorates the legacy of Morrissey who owned and operated Saint Paul-based Morrissey Hospitality Cos. until his death in April of this year.
Visit Saint Paul President and CEO Terry Mattson said, "This ballroom is dedicated in Bill's honor for his lifelong commitment to the hospitality industry and for his leadership and compassion within the local community. To those who had the pleasure to know Bill, it is no surprise that he made such an impact, both professionally and socially."
"This is truly an honor," Morrissey's son Christopher said. "This ballroom will stand as a permanent testament to my dad's legacy."
Besides owning and operating Morrissey Hospitality Cos., Morrissey also served as chairman of the boards of the Minnesota Lodging Association, Hospitality Minnesota, Historic Hotels of America and twice for the St. Paul Convention and Visitors Bureau. He also served on the board of directors for the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Meet Minneapolis and Explore Minnesota.
The event, which was attended by more than 200 people, included a sign unveiling, ballroom dedication, reception featuring locally sourced menu items and many fond memories shared of Morrissey. At approximately 27,000 square feet, the William Morrissey Grand Ballroom at Saint Paul RiverCentre can host a myriad of events, including lavish galas for up to 1,800 guests.