Wyndham Worldwide, Wyndham Championship Donate “Key to Wyn” Building to Habitat for Humanity

 GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Wyndham Championship and its title sponsor, Wyndham Worldwide, will donate the building that houses the tournament fan amenity called “Key to Wyn” to Habitat for Humanity, the tournament announced today.  The 77th annual Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 15-21, 2016 at Sedgefield Country Club.

Located between the putting green and Margaritaville at the Wyndham at Sedgefield Country Club during the Wyndham Championship, “Key to Wyn” is a fan amenity created by Wyndham Worldwide several years ago to illustrate the Wyndham hospitality experience at the golf tournament.  Fans are given a hotel key card upon entering “Key to Wyn,” and they insert the key into hotel-style doors.  If the door opens, the fan wins a prize from Wyndham Worldwide or one of its partners.

Wyndham Worldwide’s “Wyndham Green Program” focuses on reducing environmental impact, and this year, the “Key to Wyn” construction process will help our environment and a Piedmont Triad family at the same time. After the Wyndham Championship is complete, the “Key to Wyn” cottage will be carefully disassembled, loaded onto trucks and donated to Habitat for Humanity.  In September, reassembly of the “Key to Wyn” cottage will begin, and a few months later, a family in need from the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina will move into its 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 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 interest-free financing.  Habitat then serves as the mortgage lender providing life-of-the-loan zero-percent financing and loan servicing to Habitat homeowners.

“This has been such a wonderful partnership for us,” Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro director of development Daintry O’Brien said.  “We can’t wait for the “Key to Wyn” building to become the new home for a Habitat family.  Working with the Wyndham staff has been such a great experience as we worked together to plan the design, construction and eventually de-construction of this beautiful house. We look forward to putting it back together for a Habitat family later this year.  We thank everyone at the Wyndham Championship and Wyndham Worldwide for this incredible donation.”

“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.  This year, “Key to Wyn” once again features warm climates with a beachside-cottage theme.  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.

.About Habitat for Humanity International:
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit-housing organization that brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than one million families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes by advocating for fair and just housing policies and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, please visit www.habitat.org.

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://wyndhamchampionship.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®, Technology Concepts & Design, Inc. and VF Corporation for their continued support.  Additional tournament information and sponsorship information are available at www.wyndhamchampionship.com.  For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.  Stay connected with the Wyndham Championship through its social media channels, including the Wyndham Championship Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Flickr and YouTube.

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