Greensboro, N.C. (August 21, 2012) – Through its Wishes by Wyndham foundation, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), one of the nation’s largest hospitality companies, continued its support of the Piedmont Triad community through a week of charitable activities during the Wyndham Championship held at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. With a focus on improving the lives of children, Wishes by Wyndham is the official charity of the Wyndham Championship, and each year supports numerous national and Greensboro charities during the PGA TOUR event.
The week kicked-off with a visit to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., where Wyndham Worldwide leaders and associates, along with the PGA TOUR Wives Association surprised the children and their families with a “Vacation Day.” This specially-created event was full of entertainment with classic beach boardwalk-themed games for the pediatric patients. Capping off the day was a donation of two Starlight Fun Center™ mobile entertainment units featuring, a Nintendo Wii™, donated on behalf of Wishes by Wyndham and Starlight Children’s Foundation.
“Philanthropy has always been a central focus of the Wyndham Championship,” said Mary Falvey, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, Wyndham Worldwide. “Part of the core values that drive our company is a commitment to the communities in which we live and work, and we are extremely proud and honored to be a part of this community during the tournament.”
The charitable giving continued with Victory Junction being named the second annual “Charity of Choice” campaign winner. Victory Junction is a year round camp serving chronically and seriously ill children between the ages of 6-16, providing them and their families with life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering. Tournament spectators voted throughout the week for their favorite charity at the “Key to Wyn” tent. Victory Junction was presented with a check for $100,000 after the trophy presentation on the 18th green.
“It is such an honor to be named the ‘Charity of Choice,’ and we would like to thank everyone who voted, not only for us, but for all the great organizations serving this community,” said John McKee, president, Victory Junction. “We have enjoyed a great relationship with Wyndham Worldwide, Wishes by Wyndham and the Wyndham Championship, and they have been very generous to us and other charities over the years. Today’s donation from Wishes by Wyndham means our organization will be able to reach so many more deserving children and their families in our community and beyond. We are very lucky to have a world-class organization that brings a world-class event to the Piedmont Triad every year. This event means everything to our area, and is such a vital part of our identity and history.”
Charitable organizations also receiving donations at events held throughout the week, including the Kevin Harvick Foundation, which works to improve the quality of children’s lives and help underprivileged youth find and realize their dreams; the PGA TOUR Wives Association, which was organized to render support and provide assistance to needy children and their families; and each of the three Wishes by Wyndham signature charities: SeriousFun Children’s Network, Christel House International, and Starlight Children’s Foundation.
About Wyndham Worldwide
As one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business-to-business customers a broad suite of hospitality products and services across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world-renowned brands. Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses over 7,170 hotels with approximately 608,300 rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals offers leisure travelers, including its 3.7 million members, access to approximately 100,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 160 vacation ownership resorts serving over 813,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs approximately 27,800 employees globally.
For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.
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 seventh oldest event on the PGA TOUR. Additional tournament information is available at www.wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office at (336)379-1570.
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