LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Apr 3, 2012) - Wishes by Wyndham Foundation, the charitable foundation of Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world's largest hospitality companies, today donated $100,000 to Starlight Children's Foundation, a charity that helps seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities.
The contribution was presented to Starlight Children's Foundation's Chief Executive Officer Jacqueline Hart-Ibrahim at Wyndham Hotel Group's global conference by Wyndham Worldwide Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stephen P. Holmes and Wyndham Hotel Group's President and Chief Executive Officer Eric Danziger.
"Children's health and wellness is central to our culture as a company that is all about providing great experiences for families at destinations around the world," said Holmes. "This commitment reflects our core values which extend through our Wishes by Wyndham charitable foundation and ongoing support of Starlight Children's Foundation."
Danziger said, "We are proud to have Starlight as the signature charity of Wyndham Hotel Group. In the hotel business, we spend our days helping guests make happy memories, while Starlight helps families make special memories during more difficult times, to lift their spirits and keeps them focused on the positive."
Further showing its support, Wyndham Worldwide is also matching any donation made by a Wyndham Hotel Group franchisee to the Starlight Children's Foundation during the conference through a text-to-give campaign, up to $50,000.
"We are proud of our partnership with Wyndham, an industry-leader who shares Starlight's vision of helping seriously ill children and their families live through a chronic illness or life-altering injury," said Hart-Ibrahim. "As we embrace, empower and enrich the lives of our global Starlight families, we rely on the generous support of donors like Wyndham, who make it possible for us to bring joy and happiness to those who need it most."
When a child or teenager has a serious medical condition, everyone in the family is affected. For nearly 30 years, Starlight Children's Foundation has been dedicated to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. Starlight's programs have been proven to distract children from their pain, help them better understand and manage their illnesses, and connect families facing similar challenges so that no one feels alone. Through a network of chapters and offices, Starlight provides ongoing support to children, parents and siblings in all U.S. states and Canadian provinces with an array of outpatient, hospital-based and Web offerings. Programs are also delivered internationally through affiliates in Australia and the United Kingdom. For more information about Starlight, visit www.starlight.org.
Wyndham Hotel Group, part of the Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) family of companies, is the world's largest hotel company with 7,205 hotels and approximately 613,100 rooms in 66 countries under the hotel brands: Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Ramada®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Wingate by Wyndham®, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Microtel Inns & Suites®, Hawthorn Suites® by Wyndham, TRYP by Wyndham™, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge® and Knights Inn®. In addition, the company has license agreements to franchise the Planet Hollywood Hotels, Dream® and Night® brands and provide management services globally.
All hotels are independently owned and operated excluding certain Wyndham and TRYP by Wyndham hotels as well as certain international Ramada, Days Inn and Super 8 hotels, which may be managed by one of the affiliates of Wyndham Hotel Group. Wyndham Hotel Group is based in Parsippany, N.J. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com. For more information about hotel franchising opportunities visit www.whgdevelopment.com.
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 7,205 hotels with approximately 613,100 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 the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs approximately 27,800 employees globally. For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.
Christine Da Silva
Sr. Director, Communications
Wyndham Hotel Group
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