Greensboro, N.C. (August 20, 2013) – Wishes by Wyndham, the official charity of the Wyndham Championship, presented American Cancer Society – Hope Lodge of Greenville, N.C. with a check for $100,000 at the PGA TOUR event’s closing ceremonies, capping a week full of golf, family-fun activities, prizes and charitable giving. The championship provides Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) a platform to connect with its customers, while expanding the reach and presence of Wishes by Wyndham, the company’s philanthropic foundation.
“Philanthropy is one of the core values at Wyndham Worldwide and has always been a cornerstone of the Wyndham Championship. We are focused on enhancing the quality of children’s lives around the world and making a lasting contribution to the communities where we live and work,” said Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and chief executive officer, Wyndham Worldwide. “With each passing year of the tournament, we further strengthen our company’s relationship with the Piedmont Triad community, and we appreciate the warm welcome we receive every year.”
During the tournament, held at Sedgefield Country Club from August 15-18, spectators were encouraged to vote on-site at kiosks to help determine which local charity would receive $100,000 from Wishes by Wyndham in the third annual Charity of Choice campaign. Hope Lodge received the most votes and was presented with a check during a special ceremony after the golf tournament’s trophy presentation.
American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows guests to focus on getting well. Hope Lodge provides a nurturing, home-like environment where guests can retreat to private rooms or connect with others. Every Hope Lodge also offers a variety of resources and information about cancer and how best to fight the disease. Currently, there are 31 Hope Lodge locations throughout the United States.
“It is a tremendous honor to be named the Charity of Choice, and we would like to thank everyone who voted for us,” said David Roscoe, manager, Hope Lodge, Greenville, N.C. “This donation from Wishes by Wyndham means we’ll be able to refurbish our lodge in Greenville which is a little more than 11 years old and needs to be updated for the benefit and enjoyment of our guests. We are extremely fortunate to have Wyndham Worldwide and Wishes by Wyndham bring a world-class event to the Piedmont Triad area every year.”
The charitable giving didn’t stop with the Charity of Choice campaign. Wishes by Wyndham donated to local charitable organizations through its “Birdies for Charity” competition, a golf video game tournament held on-site at the championship. For each birdie made during the video game tournament, Wishes by Wyndham donated money to local charitable organizations.
Children attending the Wyndham Championship also helped other young people in need. The Wishes by Wyndham Christel House Tapestry Painting, a six-foot by four-foot tapestry featuring a black and white golf-themed image, was on-site for kids to color and bring to life with paint. The tapestry will be auctioned at a future Christel House International fundraiser. A Wishes by Wyndham signature charity, Christel House International’s mission is to help children around the world break the cycle of poverty, realize their hopes and dreams, and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society.
Wishes by Wyndham also donated to the Kevin Harvick Foundation, which works with underprivileged children to help improve their lives and the PGA TOUR Wives Association, which supports and provides assistance to needy children and their families.
About Wyndham Worldwide
One of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality products and services through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world’s largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world’s best-known hotel brands, with over 7,410 franchised hotels and over 635,100 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 106,000 vacation properties in 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 915,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,500 associates globally.
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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 wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office at (336)379-1570.