April 25, 2014 — I’m not quite sure where to begin this so what I’ll do is toss it out there and see if anyone from TZP Group, BQ Resorts LLC, Starpoint Resort Group, GeoHoliday Club, Inc. and/or Resort Stay International can tell me and the rest of the worldwide Timeshare Community exactly how much money they have raised and/or donated to a “non-profit-corporation” they seem to support called “Serving Our Kids Foundation” (located in Henderson, NV – the greater Las Vegas area).
So Here’s The Scoop: I’m asking for several reasons, one being that I’m appalled and disgusted that in the United States of America there are millions of hungry homeless and/or near-homeless ‘kids’ living on the streets, in cars, in their relatives and/or friends’ spare bedrooms, on the couch and in homeless shelters all across the USA. And I’m all ‘down’ with assisting those who really need a helping hand, especially innocent children.
I’m also asking because while in Las Vegas recently an associate asked if I’d like to try “the world’s best pizza”, and being that I’ve been known to devour the pies in mass quantities (often leaving only scraps for others in my party to sample) I said without hesitation “You betcha!” – and off we went to one of her favorite local pizza joints in “Sin City”.
Well the long story short is the pizza was darn good — maybe not the “world’s best” but it was tasty — and while waiting on the oven baked delights I noticed a drop-box on the counter where the “order here” sign was hanging. I read on that box that by filling out a seemingly harmless short entry form anyone could help out needy ‘kids’ and perhaps win a “weekly, monthly” or “Grand Prize”.
Hmmmm. That sparked my interest so I gave the form a closer look and on the front side was printed, in big bold letters: “TO WIN PLEASE ANSWER 4 SURVEY QUESTIONS”.
- “What is your dream vacation destination?”
- “Interested in a new vehicle?” (yes or no)
- “Age?” (Below 24 or over 24 – must select one)
- “Combined Annual Income”? (below $40-K or above $40-K – must select one).
Now the ‘new vehicle’ inquiry puzzled me but right off the bat I was thinking this smells like a timeshare promotion — which is fine! But the ‘drop-box’ was decorated with all sorts of ‘stuff’ about helping poor and less fortunate children via an organization called “Serving Our Kids Foundation”, a “non-profit-corporation” registered in the State of Nevada on or about March 3, 2013.
Naturally, I flipped the form over to read the back and lo and behold! There wasn’t one single word about how my entry or my participation was going to serve and/or help any needy kids — feed them, provide clothing or housing, etc. NADA!
There was no further mention about the “Serving Our Kids Foundation”, which was rather odd because according to the info on the drop box – the thrust and emphasis of the promo was to do just that: support http://servingourkids.org.
Later that night I visited the foundation’s website and unless I missed something the only ‘timeshare company’ reference listed was “Resort Stay International” – along with other non-timeshare corporations – all as “Corporate Sponsors”.
But other than that basic listing there was no additional information as to exactly what a “Corporate Sponsor” does, what it costs to be a “Corporate Sponsor”, how those sponsors are helping the kids, etc.
Being a die-hard optimist I’d like to think that Resort Stay International — including, perhaps, Starpoint Resort Group, TZP Group, BQ Resorts and the GeoHoliday Club, Inc. — has raised millions of dollars for the needy children, and I sure do applaud their efforts if that is the case.
And if not millions then perhaps at least a few hundred or thousand dollars and that through their direct and/or indirect efforts they’ve improved the quality of the lives of many children who are recipients of the foundation’s funds and whose Mission Statement is, in part: “Serving our Kids Foundation is dedicated to feeding and serving the needs of Clark County Homeless and at-risk children”.
There are after all a lot of outstanding and worthwhile causes to support and surely helping out needy kids is one of them.
So if Resort Stay International (et al) will let me know the results of their efforts and the total financial contributions they’ve generated towards such a worthy effort then I’ll surely publish a follow up and let our 50,000 monthly readers know – and then highly recommend that they, too, donate to and support the foundation.
In the meantime — and I mean this with all due respect and as a side bar only — Starpoint Resort Group, GeoHoliday and Resort Stay International ought to fix and/or update their websites.
Surely they know the importance of those “first impressions”, but as of this writing (and IMO) their electronic presence (at least their company websites that I visited) is dull, boring and functionally obsolete, to put it kindly.
In fact I’d go as far as suggesting their websites all look like they were originally designed by perhaps a 9th grader more than a decade ago who did his/her best with the technology of the era – and was perhaps paid a few shekels and maybe even earned some extra school credits that would be applied towards their eventual graduation from High School.
Good Luck out there
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