Wyndham chooses children’s charities for the The Championship Trophies

Posted by Andy Durham on August 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm under Professional | Comments are off for this article

GREENSBORO, N.C. – -Wyndham Worldwide one of the world’s
largest hospitality companies, provided over $385,000 to children’s
charities during the Wyndham Championship held last week at Sedgefield
Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. The final PGA TOUR event before the
FedExCup playoffs, philanthropy has been a central focus of the Wyndham
Championship for many years, with Wishes by Wyndham, the philanthropic
foundation of Wyndham Worldwide, making donations through special events and
spectator participation.

The week kicked off with a visit to the pediatric unit at The Moses H. Cone
Memorial Hospital, where Wyndham Worldwide leaders and associates, with
PGA TOUR professionals Roland Thatcher and Troy Matteson surprised the
children and their families with a “vacation day” filled with a magic show,
face painting, putting practice with the pros, story time, and a special
lunch. The afternoon closed with the unveiling of two brand new Nintendo Wii
Fun Centers donated on behalf of Wishes by Wyndham and Starlight Children’s
Foundation.

Charities that included the Kevin Harvick Foundation and PGA TOUR Wives
Association received donations at events throughout the week, with First Tee
of the Triad, an organization that teaches children character development
through the game of golf, being named as the first Charity of Choice winner.
Spectators at the tournament voted throughout the week for the favorite
charity through special computer kiosks in the Wyndham Worldwide Key to Wyn
tent. After the tournament trophy presentation on the 18th green, First Tee
was presented with a check of $100,000 from Wishes by Wyndham. First Tee in
turn, then donated $5,000 to each of the four runners up organizations:
United Way, Victory Junction, Greensboro Children’s Museum and the Autism
Society of North Carolina.

As part of the tournament’s innovative social media presence, Wishes by
Wyndham also donated $50,000 to each of its three signature charities,
Starlight Children’s Foundation, Christel House, and Association of Hole in
the Wall Camps, as patrons “checked in” at the Wyndham Championship through
Facebook and FourSquare.

“Philanthropy has been an important part of the Wyndham Championship, and
what makes this event so very special,” says Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and
CEO, Wyndham Worldwide. “We are so proud to support so many wonderful
organizations through our tournament, and exploring new ways to spread their
message to new supporters.”

The wish granting didn’t stop there, as Wyndham Worldwide and the Wyndham
Championship also donated $100,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of
Northwest North Carolina. The money donated will provide 700,000 meals to
local residents in need.

“Part of the core values that drive our company is a commitment to the
communities in which we live and work,” said Holmes. “We have been proud to
be a part of this community during the past five years of this tournament,
and felt this charity was especially important this year, as the economic
downturn continues to impact so many local families in this region.”


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