St. Louis CVC Collects on Bets After Cards Win World Series

The World Series ended Friday night when the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 in the first Game 7 of a World Series since 2002. In St. Louis, thousands of fans celebrated — including Kathleen "Kitty" Ratcliffe, president and CEO of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, who won friendly wagers with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) President and CEO Bruce MacMillan and Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Jay Burress, both based in Texas.

Prior to the World Series, Ratcliffe and Burress agreed that if the Cardinals won, Burress would be photographed with an "I Love the Cardinals" sign. Yesterday, the St. Louis CVC announced that Burress had "made good" on the wager, as the photograph appeared on the "Visit Arlington, Texas" Facebook page for four hours after the Rangers' loss.

In a separate wager with Ratcliffe, MacMillan agreed to be photographed in a Cardinals jersey hugging Stan "The Man" Musial's statue outside of Busch Stadium when MPI arrives in St. Louis for its annual World Education Congress (WEC) next year. The photo will be shared in front of thousands of attendees and colleagues at the opening session to the conference, which is taking place July 28-31, 2012, in St. Louis.