Benchmark Hospitality International Forms Charitable Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

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From its inception, the U.S.-based hospitality management company, Benchmark Hospitality International, has honored this tradition, giving back to the communities in the 40 domestic and global destinations it serves. Now, through its corporate outreach program, Hometown Hospitality Caring for Our Communities, Benchmark will partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) in a nationwide initiative to support the nonprofit organization’s efforts to help children reach their full potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the oldest, largest and most important youth mentoring organizations in the United States, and their mission aligns very effectively with our own—to Be The Difference in all areas of life and living.

Inns have always served not only as havens for weary travelers, but also as centers of community life. At the local inn, business was done, information exchanged, meetings and celebrations held. From its inception, the U.S.-based hospitality management company, Benchmark Hospitality International, has honored this tradition, giving back to the communities in the 40 domestic and global destinations it serves.

Now, through its corporate outreach program, Hometown Hospitality Caring for Our Communities, Benchmark will partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) in a nationwide initiative to support the nonprofit organization’s efforts to help children reach their full potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors. As part of the new partnership, Benchmark locations across the United States will provide in-kind contributions worth more than $100,000 to 19 BBBSA agencies in cities across the United States. These in-kind contributions will vary depending on the Benchmark property and the needs of the local agency, but may include vacation packages, gift certificates, or meeting space for local agencies and the children and families they serve.

Benchmark's Hometown Hospitality outreach program embodies the spirit of the company's core values and “Be The Difference” culture. Hometown Hospitality encourages and enables the company's employees to seek leading roles in their communities, participate in social, cultural, and educational initiatives driven by their property, and fully engage with partner organizations’ events and programs.

“Mentoring our employees and supporting their career development is a cornerstone of Benchmark’s culture, as is a commitment to responsible corporate citizenship,” says Alex Cabañas, CEO of Benchmark Hospitality International. “Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the oldest, largest and most important youth mentoring organizations in the United States, and their mission aligns very effectively with our own—to Be The Difference in all areas of life and living.” Mr. Cabañas also notes that Benchmark’s family-oriented culture and diverse workforce will bring added dimension and skills to the new partnership.

“We greatly value partners such as Benchmark Hospitality International that support our network and strongly believe in our mission,” says Pam Iorio, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. “This partnership will help our affiliates focus their resources on helping match more children with strong adult mentors.”

About Hometown Hospitality Caring For Our Communities
The “Hometown Hospitality Caring For Our Communities” program of Benchmark Hospitality International advances the philanthropic endeavors of the leading hospitality management company through employee volunteer programs, in-kind donations and community outreach activities. Benchmark believes that responsible corporate citizenship recognizes the inalienable link between a healthy and vibrant community and the health and well-being of a company and its employees. Hometown Hospitality embodies and personifies the spirit of Benchmark’s core values and Be The Difference culture. Hometown Hospitality Caring for Our Communities encourages and enables Benchmark employees globally to seek leading roles in the communities in which they live and work and the world community as well by supporting social, educational, and cultural programs, either through property-developed initiatives or through partnering with existing organizations and providers.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters ensures that the children in its program achieve such measurable outcomes as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 111-year history. With over 300 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 170,000 children (“Littles”), their families and 170,000 volunteer mentors (“Bigs”). Learn more at http://www.BigBrothersBigSisters.org.

About Benchmark Hospitality International
Benchmark Hospitality International® is a recognized global leader in the management and marketing of resorts, hotels and conference centers. The company’s two distinctive portfolios of properties, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels®, represent the finest in guest-dedicated hospitality in unique destinations across the United States, in the Caribbean and Japan. Benchmark Conference Centers® maintain the highest standards for certification in meeting excellence. Benchmark Hospitality was launched in 1980 as an independent company and today operates worldwide from offices in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, and regional offices in New Jersey, Washington State, Japan and Chile. For additional company information visit http://www.benchmarkhospitality.com. To become a fan on Facebook, visit http://www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels.

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