Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation Donates $25,000

  • Carlson Hotels Worldwide
  • 10.13.10
Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation have donated $25,000 to the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) 2010 Annual Giving Campaign, continuing Carlson Hotels’ longtime support of AH&LEF.

Carlson Hotels, a major business unit of Carlson, and the Carlson Family Foundation collectively donated more than $1 million to AH&LEF’s last two major capital giving campaigns, including the New Century Campaign in 2001, which raised $9 million for specific industry initiatives such as workforce development, school-to-career and technology research.  Additionally, Carlson has been a cornerstone participant in AH&LEF’s annual fundraising events for more than a decade.  In 2003, the Carlson family was recognized at AH&LEF’s Dinner Tribute, which raised more than $50,000 in proceeds to benefit the industry.

“Founder Curtis Carlson fostered a deep sense of community and spirit of giving that clearly continues to this day,” said Foundation president/COO, Joori Jeon, CPA, CAE.  “This record-breaking Annual Giving Campaign gift is yet another example of Carlson’s deep commitment to our industry and the education of its future leaders.”

The Annual Giving Campaign is AH&LEF’s key yearly fundraising initiative supported solely by the hospitality sector.  Initiated in 1997, the program generates funds for AH&LEF’s core programs that provide hospitality management students with academic scholarships, offer grants for pertinent industry research such as diversity and technology advancement, and promote hospitality as a career of choice.  Thousands has been raised through the campaigns, and the Foundation is scheduled to distribute $1 million this year.

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