Hilton Garden Inn Tampa East Helps Feed 800 Area Families with the Support of the Hillsborough County Hotel & Motel Association and Visit Tampa Bay
Tampa, FL … (June 23, 2014) Two truckloads of food and other necessities were recently distributed to 800 families from throughout Tampa thanks to a collaborative effort lead by The Hilton Garden Inn Tampa East and its ownership group, Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company.
Share Day is an annual, nationwide effort that raises money for Concord’s charity, “Feed the Children.” Each of Concord’s 90 hotels participate in fundraising efforts that provide 25-pound care packages of non-perishable food and other essentials to local families in need in cities where Concord operates hotels. Those packages help to sustain a family of four for a week.
This year, staff members of the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa East helped to raise funds for Share Day by assembling an auction package representing the Tampa Bay area that was created with the assistance of the Hillsborough County Hotel Motel Association (HCHMA) and Visit Tampa Bay.
Donations included two Tampa Bay CityPASSes that provide discount admissions to leading area attractions, a four-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa East, $200 Visa gift card for airfare, $50 gift certificate to the Great American Grill restaurant located at the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa East, $50 Tampa Bay area restaurant certificate from Mark McLean and Tampa Airport Transportation, complimentary rental car certificate from Econo Rental and Tampa Bay Buccaneers apparel donated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Tampa Bay Package garnered the highest bid made during Concord’s annual Leadership Conference. The winning bid was $1,200. In total, the auction raised $18,000.
Based on the local fundraising efforts, two truckloads of food were delivered this year that volunteers helped to distribute at Tampa’s Metropolitan Ministries.
“When HCHMA was contacted by the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa East and asked to support this very worthy effort, the local hospitality industry was able to respond and help give back to the community,” said Bob Morrison, HCHMA executive director. “In addition to creating jobs and generating tax revenue, the local hospitality industry also provides assistance and support to great causes and organizations like Share Day, Feed the Children and Metropolitan Ministries.”
About Feed the Children
Founded in 1979, Feed the Children is one of the largest international charities based in the U.S., with the mission of providing hope and resources for those without life’s essentials. Feed The Children is accredited by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Using an integrated approach to defeat hunger, Feed the Children distributed over $344 million in food, essentials and medicine to over 10 million individuals in the United States, and 23 other countries in fiscal year 2013. For more information, visit www.feedthechildren.org.
About Concord Hospitality
Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, an award-winning hotel management and development company based in Raleigh, N.C., owns and-or manages more than 90 hotels comprised of more than 13,000 guest rooms in 21 states and 2 Canadian provinces. The company operates hotels and resorts under leading brand affiliations including Choice Hotels, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott and Starwood, as well as select independent boutique hotels. Concord properties are some of the most awarded hotels in the country, having won nearly 100 top honors in the past two years alone.
The HCHMA is a membership-based organization comprised of local hotels, motels, resorts, industry partners and affiliated businesses that collectively contribute to Tampa Bay’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry. First organized in 1937, HCHMA members include hotels, motels and resorts, as well as, the beneficiaries of the Tourist Development Tax allocated within Hillsborough County. For more information, visit http://www.hchma.com/.