The Founders Inn and Spa Ladles Out Fragments Program

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The Founders Inn and Spa, in partnership with Operation Blessing, will follow the Capella Hotel Group Fragments program standards, to make soup for New Life Christian Center, East Ocean View, to distribute.

From left to right: Sascha Hemmann, GM Founders Inn; Pastor Ken Gerry, New Life Christian Center; Horst Schulze, Capella Hotel Group; Executive Chef Scott Simpson

From left to right: Sascha Hemmann, GM Founders Inn; Pastor Ken Gerry, New Life Christian Center; Horst Schulze, Capella Hotel Group; Executive Chef Scott Simpson

General Manager, Sascha Hemmann comments, “The Fragments program brings our employees the reward and fulfillment of helping struggling citizens in our community, it reduces waste and it sets an example in our industry.”

3.3 million tons of food waste from hotels, restaurants and bars goes into landfill sites every year. Yet, 4% of U.S. households experience chronic hunger. This month, The Founders Inn and Spa, in partnership with Operation Blessing, will follow the Capella Hotel Group Fragments program standards, to make soup for New Life Christian Center, East Ocean View, to distribute. Capella Hotel Group manages The Founders Inn and Spa.

Each week kitchen staff saves all unused food from the restaurant and catered events that would normally be discarded. Generally this consists of soup, proteins, starches, and vegetables. Salvaged food is packaged air-tight and stored in the refrigerator. On Thursday afternoon the kitchen staff places the soup base with all of the food into a large, temperature controlled, stock pot to create a hearty soup. The soup is then stored. Later in the week, staff heats the soup before it is picked up by the Operation Blessing team for the New Life Christian Center to support their existing program of serving hot meals to the local community. All guidelines of the local Department of Health are strictly followed.

General Manager, Sascha Hemmann comments, “The Fragments program brings our employees the reward and fulfillment of helping struggling citizens in our community, it reduces waste and it sets an example in our industry.” He continues, “The program provides the tools and the framework to excite and inspire leaders in the hospitality industry to become catalysts in our community. It helps fight hunger and make a difference by doing what we do best; serving others.”

Just prior to his keynote address at the Southeast Tourism event Wednesday, October 31, Mr. Horst Schulze, Chairman and CEO of Capella Hotel Group, officially launched Fragments. Pastor Ken Gerry, from New Life Christian Center was in attendance.

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More about the Capella Hotel Group Fragments program

Fragments is an organization with CARE as its core competency. It is for the love of humankind that the organization was created. Each of the operational partners involved with executing this mission around the globe are given the responsibility for making a positive impact in the lives of others.

The Capella Hotel Group canon states, “We deliver reliable, genuinely caring and timely service…” and “we are supportive and contributing members of society, operating with uncompromising values, honor and integrity.” Genuine care is delivered from the heart without pretense, expectation, or pride. Genuine care is selfless and focused on the receiver not the giver without concern for who gets the credit. It is about making this world a better place than we found it by investing in the lives of others.

  •     Vision: to use unused foods to serve the hungry in global communities
  •     Mission: for each Capella Hotel Group worldwide to serve its community by providing prepared food for the local hungry
  •     Fulfills employees by helping struggling citizens in each community
  •     Reduces of the amount of waste created by each facility
  •     Provides leadership for the hospitality the community

The Founders Inn and Spa

The Founders Inn and Spa honors the nation’s proud heritage while looking to the future. The Founders Inn and Spa’s name comes from the Founding Fathers who drafted the Constitution in 1787. The resort features captivating Grand Georgian architecture. Art and antiques—including noteworthy period furnishings—adorn the property. Guests experience the intimate hospitality of a country inn, outstanding recreational amenities, as well as technologically superior conference space. Whether for a getaway, corporate meeting or a romantic wedding in Colonial gardens, The Founders Inn and Spa offers a luxurious atmosphere in a relaxing setting. For reservations and additional information, please call 800-926-4466 or visit http://www.foundersinn.com.

Capella Hotel Group
Capella Hotel Group was founded by Horst Schulze, former president and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, along with several former Ritz-Carlton executives to create and operate hotels in distinctive markets. The principals of the company leverage unparalleled hospitality experience and a diverse track record of operating world-class hotels and resorts. The group’s mission is to create value through superior service at distinctive properties and conference centers in gateway cities and high-profile resort destinations around the world. With the launch of two top-tier international hotel brands - Capella Hotels and Resorts and Solís Hotels & Resorts, The Capella Hotel Group has redefined the standards of luxury on a global scale, combining a new sense of luxury with superior customer service and distinctive design. For further information on Capella Hotel Group, visit http://www.capellahotelgroup.com.

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