Debbie Bender is a proud Fayetteville Native. 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.
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 being on her boat being the world's worst wake surfer, snowboarding in the winter, working on her dream home with her boyfriend, playing with their oversized rescue dogs 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, Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, The Junior League of Fayetteville, The Care Clinic, The Child Advocacy Center and The Cape Fear Regional Theatre. In 2019 Debbie was one of Fayetteville's 40 Under 40 for her time volunteering in the local community.