Catch Record-Breaking Twinkie the Jack Russell Pop 120 Balloons in New Video at Home2 Suites by Hilton for National Pet Month

Pet-Friendly Brand Will Donate $100 to Warrior Canine Connection for Every Balloon Twinkie Pops

May 18, 2018 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES and MCLEAN, Va. - Twinkie the Jack Russell, the former Guinness Book of World Record holder for balloon popping, is at it again - and this time, it’s for a good cause.

In time for National Pet Month, Home2 Suites by Hilton challenged Twinkie to “BRING IT” by filling one of the brands spacious suites with 120 balloons, the perfect setting for her favorite activity.

The pet-friendly hotel brand will contribute $100 for every balloon Twinkie popped for a total of $12,000, with all proceeds donated to the Warrior Canine Connection (WCC), an organization that trains and provides service dogs to help wounded veterans. The money will cover a leash, collar and starter supplies, including a service dog vest, for all of WCC’s puppies beginning their training next year. The WCC service dog vests are made of uniforms worn by members of our nation's military who have served around the world.

“This effort gave us the perfect opportunity to celebrate our love for pets and ongoing support of the military,” said Adrian Kurre, global head, Home2 Suites by Hilton. “Home2 Suites is dedicated to Hilton’s ‘Travel with Purpose’ mission through meaningful partnerships that hit close to home.”

Kurre added, “Our continued collaboration with WCC is a great example of how our brands help bring ‘Travel with Purpose’ initiatives like Operation Opportunity to life.”

The adorable dog, who is owned by experienced trainer Doree Sitterly, broke the 2015 record by popping 100 balloons in just under 40 seconds, beating out Cally the Wonderdog. Twinkie seemed to have inherited her love for balloon popping from her mother, Anastasia, who held the record for seven consecutive years after her run in 2008.

“Balloons. It’s all I think about, really. I just can’t get enough of them,” Twinkie seemed to be communicating, according to those closest to her. “I never imagined it was pawssible that my love for the sport could be put to use for such a good cause.”

For a preview of more behind-the-scenes action with Twinkie, click here. To learn more about the pet-friendly Home2 Suites or to book a suite, visit HiltonBringIt.com. You may also go to cr.hilton.com for more on the Travel with Purpose initiative.

About Home2 Suites by Hilton

Home2 Suites by Hilton, one of the fastest-growing brands in the history of Hilton, is a mid-tier, all-suite, award-winning extended-stay hotel concept designed to offer stylish accommodations with flexible guest room configurations and inspired amenities for the cost-conscious guest. With a commitment to environmentally friendly products and hotel operations, Home2 Suites offers complimentary breakfast selections with hundreds of combinations; innovative and customizable guest room designs; laundry and fitness areas; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access; multiple outdoor spaces; 24-hour business centers; expansive community spaces; and a pet-friendly environment. Home2 Suites by Hilton has more than 210 hotels, with more than 400 in the pipeline. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi, and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app. Visit home2suites.com for additional information.

About Warrior Canine Connection

Warrior Canine Connection is a pioneering organization that utilizes a Mission Based Trauma Recovery model to empower returning combat Veterans who have sustained physical and psychological wounds while in service to our country. Based on the concept of Warriors helping Warriors, WCC’s therapeutic service dog training program is designed to mitigate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other challenges, while giving injured combat Veterans a sense of purpose, help in the reintegration back into their families and communities, and promote consideration of a potential career path as a service dog trainer. For more information, visit warriorcanineconnection.org.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,300 properties with more than 863,000 rooms, in 106 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences - every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

Contact:

Kristen Wells
Director, Brand Public Relations, Hilton
+1 703 883 5826
kristen.wells@hilton.com

SOURCE Home2 Suites by Hilton

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