HMSHost Foundation recently celebrated its second anniversary by hosting itsannual Invitational Golf Classic at the Reunion Resort and Club.The tournament raised over $200,000; funds that will be deployed to support North American charities that are at the forefront of the fight against poverty.
“As we wrap up the second full year for HMSHost Foundation, it is with great joy that we reflect on the positive impacts that have been made in communities where HMSHost Corporation operates all over North America,” said HMSHost Foundation President Paul Mamalian. “We’ve built great momentum and are very excited to continue to become even more impactful in 2018.”
The tournament, with title sponsor AB InBev, welcomed 310 registered golfers, bringing numerous HMSHost partners together for two fun-filled days of golfing and fundraising activities. Classic golf challenges like hole-in-one contests may have bested the sporting talents of the group,butthe generosity of donorsis what shined through. For example,a silent auction was anevent highlight thatgenerated significant contributions that cannow beput toward HMSHost Foundation’s mission to fight poverty in local communities with food, shelter, education, and workforce development.
The anniversary celebration kicked off with a reception the evening before the tournament, where guests learned of the real-life impact being made by HMSHost Foundation. In attendance was Grace-Mar Services, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based not-for-profit that HMSHost Foundation made a $20,000 grant to in June.Leslie Faulkner, a beneficiary of Grace-MarServices, who became an HMSHost associate at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, shared her brave story with the crowd, offering details of how she took control of her life with the help of Grace-Mar’s job placement program.
Organizationsin Florida that will benefit as a result of the tournament fundraising include Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida in Orlando; Orlando Rescue Mission; and The First Tee in Tampa Bay.
HMSHost Foundation’s impact continues to grow and the organization experienced a surge of activityin 2017 with a flurry of grant-making action, as well as activations spurred by recent natural disasters. Since its establishment in 2015, the foundation has made grants to more than 40poverty-fighting organizations across the U.S. and Canada.
About HMSHost Foundation
HMSHost Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to fight poverty in the local community with food, shelter, education, and workforce development. HMSHost Foundation is uniquely positioned to give back to the communities in which it operates by combating the cycle of poverty at the local level. Charitable work carried out by HMSHost Foundation is done based on pillars of giving:
- Combat hunger and promote nutritional wellness;
- Provide opportunity for financial stability through job training and placement;
- Encourage the next generation through access to education and training;
- Honor our veterans and their families.