GREENSBORO, N.C. 08-16-2011 – Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, brought a little bit of the Wyndham Championship to the patients, families, and staff at the pediatrics department at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, N.C. with a “Vacation Day” filled with fun, food and festivities.
Coordinated by the company’s philanthropic program and the official charity of the Wyndham Championship, Wishes by Wyndham, Wyndham Worldwide has partnered with the Wyndham Championship to host a “Vacation Day” in the pediatric unit filled with entertainment and excitement for the children, patients and staff with activities and special visitors throughout the day. The company did a similar program during last year’s tournament at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
In partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation™, Wyndham Worldwide along with PGA TOUR players Troy Matteson and Roland Thatcher, who are competing in the Wyndham Championship, unveiled two Starlight Fun Center™ mobile entertainment units, featuring a Nintendo Wii™ earlier today. The ease with which Fun Centers roll right up to the patient’s bedside, or anywhere else in the hospital, makes them perfect for hospitalized children in numerous situations. Whether hospitalized children are nervously awaiting surgery, sitting restlessly during a long treatment or feeling lonely in their hospital room, Fun Centers provide fun and comfort for children patients of almost all ages.
A local magician joined the children and staff of the hospital and wowed them with a high energy, interactive magic show in addition to a face painter who transformed the children’s faces into beautiful butterflies, scary super heroes and many other imaginative requests. A special lunch was served, which was then capped off with a storybook reading to the children by Mary Falvey, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.
“We are honored to be welcomed into Moses Cone Hospital to share a day with patients and their families,” said President and CEO of Wyndham Hotel Group, Eric Danziger. “Today’s ‘Vacation Day’ is another way Wyndham Worldwide and the Wyndham Championship show our support for this community and helping children.”
Associations of Hole in the Wall Camps, an international family of camps that provide life-changing experiences to children with serious medical conditions, free of charge; Christel House International, a not-for-profit organization with the mission to help children around the world break the cycle of poverty and become self–sufficient, contributing members of their societies; and Starlight Children’s Foundation, which for more than 25 years has been dedicated to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities, are all Wyndham Worldwide signature charities.
About Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
As one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business-to-business customers a broad suite of hospitality services and products across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world-renowned brands. Wyndham Worldwide encompasses approximately 7,380 franchised hotels and vacation ownership resorts with approximately 633,700 rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals offers leisure travelers, including its 3.8 million members, access to approximately 97,000 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 vacation ownership resorts serving nearly 815,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs approximately 26,000 employees globally.
For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit the Company’s website at wyndhamchampionship.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 wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office at (336) 379-1570.
About Moses Cone Hospital
Moses Cone Hospital is part of Cone Health. Cone Health is committed to being a national leader in quality, service and cost. The Network for Exceptional Care consists of The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital, Women’s Hospital, Annie Penn Hospital, Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital, LeBauer HealthCare, MedCenter High Point, MedCenter Kernersville and various outpatient clinics and programs. More than 8,200 exceptional people provide exceptional care to the people of Guilford, Rockingham, Forsyth, Randolph and Alamance Counties of North Carolina.
|Alyson R. Johnson
Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Communications
Wyndham Championship Director of Media Relations