Debbie Bender is a proud Fayetteville Native and Military Brat. Debbie’s love of event planning began when she was 9 years old and President of the Student Council, planning fun school-wide activities! This love of bringing people together in celebration is the foundation of Debbie Bender Design.
Debbie has over 10 years of event planning experience, including:
Director of Events, Fayetteville NC
Social and Special Events at The Hermitage Club, Wilmington VT
Event Coordinator at Stratton Mountain Resort, Stratton VT
Marketing Director at Drucker and Falk LLC·
While working in Vermont's premiere resort destinations, Debbie mastered every aspect of event management including weddings, The Burton US Open, Wanderlust and numerous concerts with headliners including Hall and Oates, Train, The Doobie Brothers, Jackson Browne and more. Working at destination resorts has taught Debbie how to incorporate trends and customs from all over the country.
Debbie can lead you through the thrill of event planning and design, from concept to execution! She will create numerous tablescapes for the client to touch and experience just like their guests would. Debbie has strong relationships with local vendors and believes that Small Business is the backbone of every vibrant community.
In Debbie’s free time she loves snowboarding, playing with her oversized dog and slightly oversized cats. Debbie is an active member of her community, both professionally through Fayetteville Young Professionals and personally via her work with local non-profits. Debbie believes in giving back and being a good neighbor. She donates supplies and expertise to support great organizations like the Fayetteville Animal Protection Society, Kid’s Peace Foster Organization, The Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Kidz Play, The Junior League of Fayetteville, The Cape Fear Regional Theatre, The Boys and Girls Club as a Board Member, The Coastal Conservation Association of NC and many more. Debbie Bender Design donates 25k of in kind donations to organizations each year. In 2019 Debbie Bender was honored as one of Fayetteville's 40 Under 40 for her community involvement.
Debbie Bender Design does not discriminate against clients of any kind. Debbie Bender Design plans and executes same sex marriages and events for all cultures.