ORLANDO, Fla. (August 18, 2016) — Recently Marriott Vacations Worldwide (NYSE: VAC) hosted its 19th Annual Caring Classic Charity golf tournament which resulted in a net donation from the golf tournament and other fundraising efforts of over $200,000 for Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This represents a cumulative total of over $2.3 million in funds raised since the tournament’s inception in 1997 that directly benefit the young patients treated at Arnold Palmer Medical Center and UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
“Our tremendous business partners from near and far travel to Orlando every year to take part in this very special event,” said Stephen P. Weisz, president and chief executive officer. “The exceptional generosity and kindness from year to year is humbling and allows Marriott Vacations Worldwide to continue our commitment to help sick kids in Central Florida get better.”
This year’s tournament was again held at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes where a more than full field of 152 golfers enjoyed a unique on-course experience that included foot golf, golf ball cannon and speed play novelty holes, food trucks and on-course entertainment by trick shot specialist Brett Cleverdon followed by a celebration lunch. Over 60 Marriott Vacations Worldwide associate volunteers and golf staff provided an exceptional on-course hospitality and golf experience for the participants.
“The continued support of Marriott Vacations Worldwide and their generous partners makes it possible for our hospitals to invest in life-saving medical equipment, fund groundbreaking research and provide a variety of services that might not otherwise be possible,” said Rebekah Nantais, Sr. Development Associate, Greater Orlando CMN Hospitals. “Our hospitals are able to ensure their young patients continue to receive highest quality of care in an environment that is comforting for the entire family. We are grateful for all Marriott Vacations Worldwide has done to help the sick and injured kids of our community and know that the future is bright for the kids in Central Florida, thanks to their support.”
About Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation
Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation is a leading global pure-play vacation ownership company, offering a diverse portfolio of quality products, programs and management expertise with over 60 resorts. Its brands include Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club and Grand Residences by Marriott. Since entering the industry in 1984 as part of Marriott International, Inc., the company earned its position as a leader and innovator in vacation ownership products. The company preserves high standards of excellence in serving its customers, investors and associates while maintaining a long-term relationship with Marriott International. For more information, please visit www.marriottvacationsworldwide.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MarriottVAC and find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarriottVacationsWorldwide.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at www.CMNHospitals.org and www.facebook.com/CMNHospitals.
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