Thursday November 8th, 2012 - 10:56AM
ORLANDO, FL—The Association of Starwood Franchises & Owners - North America (ASFONA) has adopted Give Kids The World (GKTW) as an official association-endorsed non-profit charity.
Many ASFONA board member companies have partnered to make extensive contributions to the Give Kids The World Village, a storybook resort in Central Florida dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of kids with life-threatening illnesses.
These contributions are part of the kickoff to a $100-million campaign to renovate and refurbish all existing villas and expand the facility’s capacity.
Forrest Perkins provided design services, with procurement provided by HPG International under the leadership of Phil Miller, VP of design and construction for Davidson Hotels & Resorts. Several other AFSONA members have contributed ff&e products; Simmons Bedding Company donated all mattresses for the villa and Standard/SK Textiles provided a variety of fabrics needed for furnishings, like sofas and barstools.
The renovation included a fresh bathroom design with new Kohler plumbing fixtures and new tubs for the children’s room. Hunter Amenities designed and contributed an ice cream-inspired collection of shampoos, lotions and soap. Fabric Innovations also made a donation of take-home gifts for the star guests, in the form of “wish pillows.” This gift will be provided for the next three years.
In addition, P&F USA/Philips Hospitality TV provided each villa with two flat-screen TVs and American Hotel Register worked with GE to donate all appliances. ASSA ABLOY Hospitality installed RFID electronic door locks and their VISIONLINE software. US Foodservice donated consumables, PepsiCo Foodservice is providing soft drinks and Nestle Waters. Rubbermaid has pitched in to take care of housekeeping needs with donations of cleaning supplies.
To help spread the word of GKTW’s work and help them raise funds, LodgeNet Interactive is broadcasting a public service announcement in over 1.2 million hotel rooms in the US.
ASFONA members have also donated money. During a recent tour of GKTW, John Shingler, ASFONA’s president, presented a check for $10,000 from an ASFONA board member/owner who wished to remain anonymous, which brings board member cash pledges/contributions to over $150,000.