Habitat Greensboro, Wyndham Championship Begin “Key to Wyn” Rebuild For Habitat Family

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 78th annual Wyndham Championship is over, and Henrik Stenson claimed the Sam Snead Cup.  Life returned to normal at Sedgefield Country Club, and for the second-straight year, tournament title sponsor Wyndham Worldwide donated Wyndham’s “Key to Wyn” house to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro so it could be recycled into a new home.  Reconstruction of the house began yesterday in northern Greensboro with Wyndham Championship volunteers, the homeowners and Habitat Greensboro personnel working on the project, the organizations announced today.

“Key to Wyn” is a fan amenity created by Wyndham Worldwide several years ago to illustrate the Wyndham hospitality experience at the PGA TOUR event.  Fans are given a hotel key card upon entering “Key to Wyn,” and they use the key to open hotel-style doors.  If the door opens, the fan wins a prize from Wyndham Worldwide or one of its partners.

After the Wyndham Championship in August, the “Key to Wyn” structure was carefully disassembled, loaded onto trucks and delivered to the Habitat site where it is being rebuilt.  Sometime late this winter when the house is complete, Abe and Abir** will move into their new home.

“Thousands of families across the country don’t have access to decent, affordable housing,” Wyndham Worldwide senior vice president, corporate social responsibility Faith Taylor said.  “Giving back has always been of vital importance at the Wyndham Championship, and our philanthropy efforts at Wyndham Worldwide reflect our commitment to developing and supporting our local communities – especially improving the lives of children.  We take great pride in partnering with Habitat for Humanity again this year and donating a home to a deserving local family.”

Habitat for Humanity partners with families that have had steady employment for one year, participate in a thorough credit analysis, attend educational classes on budgeting and home repair and contribute 350 hours of sweat equity. Homeowners purchase their homes from Habitat at no profit and with affordable financing.  Habitat then serves as the mortgage lender providing life-of-the-loan financing and loan servicing to Habitat homeowners.

“We are so honored to receive this incredible contribution from Wyndham Worldwide and the Wyndham Championship again this year,” Habitat for Humanity director of development Daintry O’Brien said.   “Our new homeowners, Abe and Abir**, are looking forward to working alongside Wyndham volunteers to rebuild their new home. This second “Key to Wyn” house donation will open the door for this family to have a safe, affordable place to call home.”

“Key to Wyn” was created to showcase the vast variety of properties offered by Wyndham Worldwide and its related business units.  It has taken on multiple forms since the fan amenity’s debut in 2010.  The original version featured an open-air hotel lobby that one might find at a resort on a tropical island.  In 2014, “Key to Wyn” transitioned to a mountain ski lodge featuring frigid indoor conditions with a fireplace, cozy couches and skiing simulators.  Outside, pine trees and August snow greeted guests who walked over a creek to enter the building.  Last year, “Key to Wyn” once again featured warm climates with a beachside-cottage theme, and in 2017, “Key to Wyn” was a salute to the best in southern living.  Regardless of the type of Wyndham property “Key to Wyn” features, two constants have remained: signature Wyndham hospitality and a chance to win a prize.

** For security reasons, Habitat Greensboro does not provide the last names of its homeowners.

 About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro: 

Founded in 1987 by four Christians in response to their Habitat experience in Peru, Habitat Greensboro, with the help of some 5,900 volunteers and 30 staff, renovates and repairs some 20 homes each year.  Since its inception, Habitat of Greater Greensboro has completed 469 homes in Greensboro as well as 429 in the countries of Honduras and Jordan.  Habitat for Humanity partners with families that have steady employment for one year, participate in a thorough credit analysis, attend educational classes on budgeting and home repair and contribute 350 hours of sweat equity. Homeowners purchase their homes from Habitat at no-profit and with affordable financing. Habitat then serves as the mortgage lender providing life-of-the-loan zero percent financing and loan servicing. For more information, please visit www.habitatgreensboro.org.  Connect with Habitat of Greater Greensboro through social media: follow on Twitter: @HabitatGSO and Instagram: @Habitat_GSO and like on Facebook: www.facebook.com/habitatgreensboro.

About the Wyndham Championship:

Contested annually on the Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., the Wyndham Championship was founded in 1938 and is the sixth-oldest event on the PGA TOUR excluding the Majors.  Tickets are available at http://www.wyndhamchampionship.com, www.Ticketmaster.com or through the tournament office at (336) 379-1570.  The tournament thanks title sponsor Wyndham Worldwide, presenting sponsor BB&T and Premier Partners, Cadillac, Harris Teeter, Lincoln Financial, McConnell Golf, Sunbrella® and VF Corporation for their continued support.  Additional tournament information and sponsorship information are available at www.wyndhamchampionship.com. Stay connected with the Wyndham Championship through its social media channels, including the Wyndham Championship Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Flickr and YouTube.

About Wyndham Worldwide:

Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) is one of the largest global hospitality companies, providing travelers with access to a collection of trusted hospitality brands in hotels, vacation ownership, and unique accommodations including vacation exchange, holiday parks, and managed home rentals. With a collective inventory of nearly 130,000 places to stay across more than 110 countries on six continents, Wyndham Worldwide and its 38,000 associates welcome people to experience travel the way they want. This is enhanced by Wyndham Rewards®, the Company’s re-imagined guest loyalty program across its businesses, which is making it simpler for members to earn more rewards and redeem their points faster. For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

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