Jan 9, 2014 10:42 ET

TownePlace Suites Recognizes Military's Children through real giving™ Program

BETHESDA, Md.Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — This year, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of TownePlace Suites by Marriott's real giving™ program, the extended-stay hotel brand is recognizing the children of military members for all that they sacrifice for their country. This past weekend, TownePlace Suites hosted a thank you event at Naval Support Activity Bethesda, home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in addition to sending books to these special kids across the United States.

TownePlace Suites has partnered with Operation CHAMPS (Child Heroes Attached to Military Personnel), an organization that works with civilian communities to give back to U.S. military families around the world. As part of this effort, TownePlace Suites hosted an event, during which participants enjoyed entertainment and activities, including a reading of the book "The Little CHAMPS," as well as a meet-and-greet with the authors. TownePlace Suites also donated 500 copies of the book to kids across the country.

Event participants also helped make blankets for patients in Walter Reed's pediatric ward. Blanket-making for local children's hospitals is an annual TownePlace Suites tradition. TownePlace Suites associates, owners, franchisees and guests across the United States and Canada made and donated thousands of fleece blankets this year. Hotel teams raised money for materials, organized events to assemble the cozy gifts and made in-person deliveries to Children's Miracle Network Hospital patients.

"TownePlace Suites' mission is to take care of our extended-stay hotel guests while they're on the road, and our real giving™ program allows us to take care of our communities as well," said Loren Nalewanski, vice president and global brand manager, TownePlace Suites. "Our real giving™ initiative is where our heart is, whether we are working with local children's hospitals or our nation's military heroes and their families."

Every year, TownePlace Suites hotel teams give back to their local communities through the real giving™ program. For more about this initiative, check the TownePlace Suites Facebook page throughout the year.

TownePlace Suites by Marriott is an all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand in the moderate price range. Ranked highest in the Extended Stay category in the J.D. Power 2013 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM, TownePlace Suites has also been #1 for mid-price extended stays inBusiness Travel News' Hotel Chain Survey in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Ideal for travelers who need accommodations for longer stays, TownePlace Suites offer studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and separate living/working and sleeping areas. Launched in 1997, the brand currently has more than 200 locations in the United States and Canada. TownePlace Suites participates in the award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, call the TownePlace Suites toll-free number at 800-257-3000, visit or become a fan

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Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion—most of it $1 at a time—for 170 children's hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it's needed the most. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Marriott International holds the honorable distinction of being Children's Miracle Network Hospitals' longest standing corporate partner. Since 1983 Marriott International has raised more than $92 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals throughout the country. Funds raised stay in the community in which they were raised.

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The Channel Company's Channel@Work giving back across the country in 2013. (PRNewsFoto/The Channel Company)

Dec 31, 2013 10:49 ET

The Channel Company's Channel@Work Program Aids Charitable Organizations Across the Country

Initiative coordinated volunteer projects and provided monetary resources in conjunction with XChange Events throughout 2013

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Dec. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Channel Company today announced the organization's charitable program, Channel@Work has completed another successful year. The Channel@Work initiative is designed to bring the channel community together to connect and give back to the local communities that are host to The Channel Company's XChange Events conferences throughout the year. In 2013, Channel@Work assisted charitable organizations across the U.S. including the Make-A-Wish foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Safe Horizon.

For each event, the XChange Events team identifies specific charities and coordinates with committed vendors, solution providers, and other IT executives on the appropriate contributions of time, technology and wish list items, and monetary donations.

This year's featured projects included:

  • To Grandma's House We Go, where volunteers from XChange Solution Provider spent the day working with the Orlando rehabilitation center residents, going on wheelchair walks, landscaping the grounds, and setting up donated tablets to help connect the residents both to each other and the rest of the world
  • 'Lunches with Love' made at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children's in Chicago after raising in excess of $3,000 for the purchase of new linens (more than 500 pieces in total), in association with the Midsize Enterprise Summit East
  • A 'Back to School Bash' which provided residents at the non-profit Eastern Ave Apartments in Washington D. C. with school supplies, a new technology center, and a fun-filled day of family-friendly activities to kick off the start of the new school year, in conjunction with XChange 2013 and XChange Public Sector
  • Creation of comfort kits for families at the Ronald McDonald House of Phoenix to take on their long days at the hospital, made during the Midsize Enterprise Summit West in addition to a collection of more than $3,000 to fund the purchase of new bed spreads for the entire house
  • Support for the Make-a-Wish foundation as driven by monetary and frequent flyer mile donations collected through the Best of Breed (BoB) and NexTI conferences
  • Replenishment of the Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times 'Med Shed' medical supply facility, funded by donations from the Healthcare IT Summit in Palm Springs
  • Program funding for domestic violence shelters and child advocacy centers at Safe Horizon, thanks to the $6,000+ in donations given during the 2013 Women of The Channel Winter Workshop in New York City

"The Channel@Work program is our opportunity to give back to the local cities that host our events throughout the year," said Lisa MacKenzie, SVP, The Channel Company. "Thanks to the generous underwriter support of Microsoft, our sponsors and the many volunteers who give their time while at our XChange Events, the Channel@Work program continues to grow. We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and compassion of the channel, and the willingness of our XChange Events attendees to donate both goods and funds to support our selected charities. We look forward to this program's continued success."

In 2014, the program will kick off at the annual XChange Solution Provider event in Los Angeles, California. There, Channel@Work volunteers will work with CCEO Youth Build, a non-profit organization that fosters economic development through innovative employment training programs and the development of affordable housing. Participants will have the opportunity to work hands-on in various renovation projects at the organization's training site.

To learn more about the Channel@Work program, watch project videos, view pictures, or find a list of the 2013 sponsors, visit the Giving Back page of the XChange Events website at

About The Channel Company
The Channel Company is the channel community's trusted authority for growth and innovation, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED, and SharedVue. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at


CVS Caremark Charitable Trust logo. (PRNewsFoto/CVS Caremark Charitable Trust)

Nov 21, 2013 10:33 ET

CVS Caremark Charitable Trust to Award $25,000 to Nonprofits Nationwide on #GivingTuesday to Celebrate the Spirit of Volunteerism

CVS Caremark Invites Colleagues Who Volunteer to Nominate Local Organizations to Receive Funding

WOONSOCKET, R.I.Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), today announced that it will provide$25,000 in grants in honor of #GivingTuesday, a national movement when charities, individuals, schools, businesses and other community organizations will come together on Tuesday, December 3 to create a national day of giving back. As part of CVS Caremark's #GivingTuesday initiative, CVS Caremark colleagues who volunteer their time are invited to nominate a local organization in their community to receive a grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust.  The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust will randomly select 25 organizations from colleagues' submissions and announce the grantees on #GivingTuesday. 

"CVS Caremark colleagues bring our values of caring and collaboration to life all year long by volunteering with organizations that are helping the people we serve, every day," said Eileen Howard Boone, President, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "We're excited to participate in #GivingTuesday to honor our colleagues and their commitment to their local communities and are proud to join a national movement that promotes the spirit of volunteerism and giving back."

#GivingTuesday is a national campaign created in 2012 to spark a day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season, following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It celebrates charities, individuals, schools, businesses and other community organizations who come together to support charitable causes, and encourages everyone to participate in a national day dedicated to giving back. #GivingTuesday aligns with the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and its mission to make a positive impact in the lives of people by investing in local communities. 

"This year we are seeing so many dynamic campaigns – like this one from CVS Caremark – coming together to form one community. There is so much energy and entrepreneurialism throughout the #GivingTuesday movement," said Henry Timms, #GivingTuesday founder and interim executive director of 92nd Street Y. "It has been humbling to see an idea that took root in one of 92Y's core values – repairing the world – resonate with people, organizations, and business entities around the world who have taken it upon themselves not only to inspire giving, but to support the volunteers and local heroes in their own communities."

CVS Caremark will announce its #GivingTuesday grantees on December 3 through social media. For more information about #GivingTuesday, please visit

About the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, Inc. is a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS). CVS Caremark is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the nation. The Trust's mission is to provide funding for health care, education, disaster relief and community involvement initiatives in CVS Caremark communities. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations portion of the Company's Web site at, or through the Web site's press room


Listings of Local Non-Profit Organizations

10th Street Church Of Christ
157 W 10th St
Apopka, FL 32703
(407) 884-4835
9th Street Church of Christ
Our Mission
Saving souls and keeping souls saved by demonstrating the POWER OF GOD through outreach ministries and the LOVE OF GOD through sevice and fellowship.
Our Vision
"Building a Solid foundation spiritually, socially, & economically, preparing God's people for today, tomorrow and beyond."
Xerxes Snell115 9th StreetWinter Garden, FL 34787
(407) 656-1215
Agape Assembly Baptist Church
Richard Bishop Sr
2425 N Hiawassee Rd
Orlando, FL 32818
(407) 298-5111
Agape Temple of Faith, Inc.
995 Kennedy Blvd #26Orlando, FL 32810
(407) 667-0777
All Nation Church of God
Yvette Leachman
2906 N Pine Hills Road
Orlando, FL 32808
(407) 298-4411
All Saints Episcopal Church

The purpose of All Saints is the transformation of lives, the forming and sustaining of disciples of Jesus and his Way.  We seek to manifest the living body of Christ, through Word, sacraments, and witness in the world.  Our work is to love and bring his people to wholeness with the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

As a community of faith we seek to serve and be served by knowing God.

We are certain that it is by knowing God that we learn to love.

We become free to identify our sin because we know the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross.

We know we can become disciples because the Holy Spirit is always ready to direct and empower us.

Robert Lord · All Saints Church · 338 E. Lyman Avenue, Winter Park, Florida 32789
(407) 647-3413