Embassy Suites Santa Ana Orange County North Airport Hosts Modern Day Forrest Gump on his Hike Across the Country

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Iraq War Veteran Troy Yocum pledges to hike for 16 months, covering 7,000 miles to raise $5 million to help military families in need. Accompanied by his SuperDog Emmie, Yocum finds warm welcome complete with a specially-made mac and cheese dinner at hotel.

Embassy Suites Santa Ana Orange County North Airport staff meet Troy Yocum and treat him to a relaxing evening before the next leg of his journey across America to raise money for military families. Follow him on Facebook at "Hike for our Heroes," or donate online at drumhike.com.

We were approached to host Troy on his team on Veteran’s Day, which made it even more appropriate to support him on his important journey across America to raise awareness of the need our returning troops face when they get home.

On April 17, 2010 Iraq War Veteran Troy Yocum took his first step on what will be a 16-month, 7,000-mile hike across the United States. Along the way, he bangs a drum to sound the call to raise $5 million to help military families in need.

Yocum, his SuperDog Emmie and his support staff and RV recently arrived at the Embassy Suites Santa Ana Orange County North Airport, greeted by cheering hotel staff and guests.

Recalling an emotional and rewarding experience, Regina Samy, General Manager of the hotel said, “We were approached to host Troy on his team on Veteran’s Day, which made it even more appropriate to support him on his important journey across America to raise awareness of the need our returning troops face when they get home.”

Yocum established drumhike.com to accept donations and keep his supporters up-to-date on his progress across the country. His mission is to further spread the word that American Heroes are fighting just as hard at home as they do overseas. Yocum and his volunteer team hope to provide a peace of mind and lay the foundation for military families to succeed, connecting with people across the United States to spread the importance of helping our military families.

The staff asked him what he missed most while traveling. His answer? Macaroni and cheese. That night he was treated to an old-fashioned mac and cheese dinner, courtesy of Tim Wagner, the Embassy Suites Santa Ana Food and Beverage Director and James McIver, the hotel’s Chef.

Yocum and Emmie were surprised with hand-packed baskets of healthy (and not so healthy) snacks for both hikers. Additionally, Samy presented Yocum with four gift certificates for a one-night stay at the Embassy Suites -Santa Ana hotel. Yocum would be able to select 4 families of soldiers or supporters that would be re-energized from a one-night getaway from their daily routine.

Veterans are dear to Lisa Rowe, Director of Human Resources for the hotel, who spearheaded the special event, “I too have a son who served in the Army and came home from Iraq disabled and not able to ever work again, so I know what Troy is seeing out there and how our soldiers need help.”

The Embassy Suites Santa Ana Orange County North Airport is one of more than 20 hotels owned by Windsor Capital and managed by its hotel management company Windsor Management Services. The company has pledged to help arrange a place to stay if his next step is near one of its hotels.

ABOUT WINDSOR CAPITAL GROUP
Windsor Capital Group is a hotel management and development company that owns and operates full-service, focused, upscale branded hotels throughout the United States, with most flying the Embassy Suites and Marriott flags. It also runs Windsor Management Services, a top-performing hotel management company that customizes hotel management services to meet the needs of the properties.

Windsor Management Services is an award winning, comprehensive hospitality management organization that operates full-service, upscale hotel properties throughout the United States. With more than 30 years of experience to call on, Windsor Management Services is known for unmatched results for its owners and unparalleled service for its guests delivered with a personal connection.

For more information visit windsormanagementservices.com or wcghotels.com Additionally, please contact Bill Upshaw, President & Chief Operating Officer or Craig Stechman, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at 310-566-1100.

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