Gaylord Hotels Helps Spread the Word about Autism Speaks

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Rooms for Good program to raise funds for the world’s leading autism and science advocacy organization in March and April

"The Rooms for Good program has allowed us to help some wonderful organizations. We are very appreciative of this opportunity to lend another voice to the Autism Speaks campaign." -Amy Atkinson, VP marketing and public relations, Gaylord Hotels

Gaylord Hotels knows what it means to give voice to a good cause. The hotel group has been working to support charities through its Rooms for Good program for the last year, and today announced Autism Speaks as its March/April partner. Gaylord hotels will donate 10 percent of proceeds raised through a special package rate available at all four Gaylord Hotels resorts throughout March and April to Autism Speaks.

“Gaylord Hotels’ Rooms for Good program has allowed us to help some wonderful organizations,” said Amy A. Atkinson, vice president of marketing and public relations, Gaylord Hotels, “and we are very appreciative of this opportunity to lend another voice to the Autism Speaks campaign. We are excited to be able to work with them again this year to help raise awareness and funds.”

The world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, Autism Speaks works to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders by funding biomedical research into the causes, prevention, and treatments; raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families and society; and bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.

“We are extremely grateful to Gaylord Hotels for its efforts to support the autism community,” said Pat Kemp, Autism Speaks executive vice president of Marketing, Corporate Relations and Development. “We encourage everyone to show their support by taking advantage of the Rooms for Good program.”

The Rooms for Good package rate starts at $179* per couple, per night, based on availability at all the Gaylord Hotels resorts, located in Nashville, Tenn. and in the metro areas of Washington, D.C.; Orlando, Fla.; and Dallas, Texas.

For more information about the program and to book a Rooms for Good package, visit http://www.RoomsForGood.com.

About Gaylord Hotels®
Gaylord Hotels® is a collection of four upscale resorts which afford endless opportunities for leisure travelers and conventioneers. The hotel company’s hallmark – “everything in one place” – provides vacationers with diverse dining options, quality spa and fitness center services, top-notch entertainment, onsite shopping and endless activities – all within each resort. A pioneer in the hotel and convention industry with properties in the nation’s most desirable destinations, Gaylord Hotels include Gaylord Opryland® in Nashville, Tennessee; Gaylord Palms® in Kissimmee, Florida near Orlando; Gaylord Texan® on Lake Grapevine near Dallas, Texas; and Gaylord National® on the Potomac in National Harbor, Maryland. Gaylord Hotels is owned and operated by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, please visit http://www.GaylordHotels.com.

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Since its inception in 2005, Autism Speaks has made enormous strides, committing over $173 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. The organization is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. In addition to funding research, Autism Speaks has created resources and programs including the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, Autism Speaks’ Autism Genetic Resource Exchange and several other scientific and clinical programs. Notable awareness initiatives include the establishment of the annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, which Autism Speaks celebrates through its Light it Up Blue initiative. Also, Autism Speaks award-winning “Learn the Signs” campaign with the Ad Council has received over $316 million in donated media. Autism Speaks’ family resources include the Autism Video Glossary, a 100 Day Kit for newly-diagnosed families, a School Community Tool Kit, a Grandparent’s Guide to Autism, and a community grant program. Autism Speaks has played a critical role in securing federal legislation to advance the government’s response to autism, and has successfully advocated for insurance reform to cover behavioral treatments in 29 states thus far, with legislation continuing to advance in more states. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 85 cities across North America. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit http://www.autismspeaks.org.

*The rate varies at each resort and excludes tax, parking and resort fee.

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