CHICAGO, IL May 3, 2006—Chicago based Global Hyatt Corporation announced today a worldwide partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a global organization that grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Continuing Hyatt’s longstanding commitment to making a difference and supporting the community, each Hyatt property will be empowered to generate inkind or cash resources to support the cost of a wish. The hotel will coordinate with its local MakeAWish® office to develop strategies to grant one wish over the course of a year.
“It is Hyatt’s history and spirit of community service that will allow this new partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to make a difference in the lives of so many children around the world,” said Douglas G. Geoga, president, Global Hyatt Corporation. “This will no doubt be a rewarding and ultimately lifechanging partnership not only for Hyatt associates but also for the communities in which we do business.”
To demonstrate the level of dedication by Hyatt, the company will:
In addition, Hyatt will coordinate a marketing initiative, encouraging members of Hyatt’s frequent guest program Gold Passport to donate their Hyatt points to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“We’re delighted to have Hyatt and its associates join us in bringing joy to the courageous children who are facing lifethreatening medical conditions,” said David Williams, MakeAWish Foundation of America president and chief executive officer. “Hyatt’s philosophy of community involvement matches our belief in using grassroots outreach to create a widespread, lasting impact on everyone who shares in a wish.”
About Global Hyatt
There are 216 Hyatt branded hotels and resorts (over 90,000 rooms) in 44 countries around the world, operating under the Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Grand Hyatt and Park Hyatt brands. Currently, there are an additional 30 Hyatt hotels and resorts under development, including 11 new hotels in China. Hyatt Corporation (domestic U.S., Canada and Caribbean hotels) and Hyatt International Corporation (international properties) are subsidiaries of Chicagobased Global Hyatt Corporation. Global Hyatt Corporation is also the owner of Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc. operators of the Hyatt Vacation Club (timeshare and fractional residential product), Hyatt Equities, L.L.C. (hotel ownership), Select Hotel Group L.L.C. (which owns, operates and franchises AmeriSuites hotels, Hyatt Place and Summerfield Suites hotels) and U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc. (which franchises Hawthorn Suites, and Microtel Inns and Suites). From the U.S. and Canada, reservations for any Hyatt hotel worldwide may be obtained by calling 1-800-2331234 or logging onto www.hyatt.com
About the MakeAWish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundationgrants the wishes of children with lifethreatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Born in 1980, when a group of caring individuals helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wishgranting charity in the world, with 71 chapters in the U.S. and its territories and 27 international affiliates serving more than 30 countries on five continents. With the help of generous donors and more than 36,000 volunteers worldwide, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted the wishes of more than 150,000 children around the world since inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, visit www.wish.org and for more information about Make-A-Wish International, visit www.worldwish.org.
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