ASHEVILLE, NC (Sept. 16, 2011) — Festiva Hospitality Group, Inc. has chosen five non-profit organizations to benefit from the Festiva Charitable Fund in 2011. The organizations are based in Asheville and Banner Elk, N.C.; Portland and Rangeley, Maine; and Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
Festiva began a flexible endowment fund in 2006 with the intent of providing permanent charitable resources for all the communities where Festiva employees live and work. The primary focus of the Festiva Charitable Fund is to promote education for our youth and eliminate poverty in our communities. The charitable fund is also used to respond to extraordinary global events.
A committee is formed annually to choose organizations that will benefit from the Charitable Fund in that year. Typically, the committee chooses one organization based in Asheville where Festiva’s headquarters are located, and three to four organizations in our resort destinations based on recommendations from our staff in those destinations. The funds will be distributed to these organizations that were researched by the committee and recommended by employees who live and work in the areas.
In Asheville, the committee chose Bus-Pass-It-On, a grassroots initiative formed to address a currently neglected need of the homeless population in Buncombe County: transportation. The initiative’s mission is to reduce and prevent homelessness in Buncombe County by meeting the transportation needs of residents on the verge of or currently experiencing homelessness.
In Banner Elk, N.C., home to Festiva’s Blue Ridge Village resort, the committee selected The Grandfather Home for Children, which has been in existence since 1914 and provides love and healing to more than 600 children and youth annually who have experienced deep hurt and trauma from neglect or abuse that often results in emotional and/or behavioral issues.
In Wisconsin Dells, Wis., where Festiva’s Mirror Lake & Tamarack resorts are located, the committee chose The Kids’ Ranch, an early intervention and prevention program which connects youth, ages 6-10, with community members to build self esteem and self-respect through educational and recreational programs with a focus on literacy.
In Portland, Maine, where Festiva Adventure Club’s primary sales center in the Northeast is located, the committee chose an organization called Preble Street, whose mission is to provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems.
In Rangeley, Maine, home of Rangeley Lake Resort, the committee chose the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, dedicated to preserving natural areas, scenic beauty, critical wildlife habitat and the cultural heritage that makes this place so special. The Trust aims to protect all of these features of the area from the mountains, lakes, rivers and forests to the moose, eagles, wild trout and salmon as well as the rich historic traditions of logging and fishing.
The Festiva Charitable Fund is managed by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and expanding philanthropy. For more information on Festiva Hospitality Group, Inc., the Charitable Fund or The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, visit www.festiva.travel or www.cfwnc.org.
Sara B. Little
Director of Corporate Communications
Festiva Hospitality Group
One Vance Gap Road
Asheville, NC 28805
828-254-3378, Ext. 4398
SOURCE: Festiva Hospitality Group