ORLANDO, FLA. (June 22, 2016) — Holiday Inn Club Vacations® recently hosted its 14th RCI® Christel House Open at Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. A record $250,000 was raised for Christel House International, a charitable organization focused on transforming the lives of impoverished children around the world. More than 150 golfers representing 67 business partners participated June 13 at The Legends at Orange Lake Resort® a championship 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature designed golf course. Since its inception, the tournament has raised more than $1.75 million for the charities cause.
As the largest and most successful golf tournament held annually by Christel House, all proceeds support the charity’s mission of transforming the lives of impoverished children through education and additional services. Currently, Christel House operates six learning centers in India, Mexico, South Africa and the United States.
During the months of May and early June, all 26 resorts in the Orange Lake Holdings portfolio held events that raised more than $23,000 as part of this overall net donation. “We are thrilled to support such a great organization and the mission of Christel House International,” said Don Harrill, CEO of Orange Lake Holdings. “Our company has, and will continue to support mission-driven organizations that help children and families. We’re also thankful for the generosity of our sponsors, particpants and team members involved in hosting events and raising funds at our resorts leading up to the golf event. We couldn’t have raised this record amount without their help.”
“Holiday Inn Club Vacations has been an incredible supporter of Christel House International for 14 years, and we are so thankful for their efforts,” said Christel House International Founder and CEO, Christel DeHaan. “This record donation truly shows that the company has a huge heart.”
About Orange Lake Holdings, LLP
Orange Lake Holdings is the parent company of Orange Lake Resorts and Silverleaf Resorts, encompassing 26 resorts and 7,400 villas in the U.S., with over 340,000 timeshare owners and 6,000+ employees.
Orange Lake Resorts, a leader within the vacation ownership industry with more than three decades of proven success, operates the Holiday Inn Club Vacations® brand. It was created in 2008 through a strategic alliance with IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies. The Holiday Inn Club Vacations flagship property in Orlando, Fla., located next to the Walt Disney World® Resort, was established in 1982 by Holiday Inn® brand founder Kemmons Wilson. The brand operates 22 resorts across 12 states. For more information on Holiday Inn Club Vacations or to book reservations, visit hiclubvacations.com. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/hiclubvacations or Twitter at twitter.com/hiclubvacations
About Christel House International
The mission of Christel House is to transform the lives of impoverished children around the world—breaking the cycle of poverty and building self-sufficient, contributing members of society. A focus on academic excellence through a robust K–12 curriculum is combined with a strong character development program and holistic human development to give students the skills and competencies necessary to compete successfully in complex 21st Century society.
Much more than a school, Christel House was established in 1998 by Founder and CEO Christel DeHaan, and currently serves more than 4,100 impoverished children through seven learning centers located in India, Mexico, South Africa and the U.S.A. Christel House maintains a 96% high school graduation rate, and the majority of its graduates go on to pursue higher education. They become productive citizens, and many secure employment with top multinational corporations. Christel House graduates are confident, hardworking, responsible and ethical, with a passion for giving back to their communities and caring for their families. For more information, please visit www.christelhouse.org
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