USA. HMSHost Foundation celebrated its second anniversary by holding its annual Invitational Golf Classic, raising over US$200,000 for charities.

The funds raised will be used to support North American charities which are dedicated to fighting poverty.

HMSHost Foundation aims to combat poverty in local communities across the USA with food, shelter, education, and workforce development.

“As we wrap up the second full year for HMSHost Foundation, it is with great joy that we reflect on the positive impacts that have been made in communities where HMSHost Corporation operates all over North America,” said HMSHost Foundation President Paul Mamalian.

“We’ve built great momentum and are very excited to continue to become even more impactful in 2018.”

Enjoying the social activities during the HMSHost Foundation Invitational Golf Classic: From left to right, Grace-Mar Services Founder Kenny Smith; Grace Smith; Leslie Faulkner; HMSHost Foundation Director Laura Sildon; HMSHost Foundation President Paul Mamalian ;and HMSHost Foundation Board member and HMSHost President & CEO Steve Johnson

The tournament, at Orlando’s Reunion Resort and Club, was sponsored by AB InBev. It welcomed 310 registered golfers, bringing HMSHost partners together for two days of golfing and fundraising activities, which included a silent auction.

“Classic golf challenges like hole-in-one contests may have bested the sporting talents of the group, but the generosity of donors is what shined through,” HMSHost Foundation stated.

The anniversary celebrations started with a reception the evening before the tournament, where guests learned of HMSHost Foundation’s impact on communities.

“Classic golf challenges like hole-in-one contests may have bested the sporting talents of the group, but the generosity of donors is what shined through”

Grace-Mar Services, a North Carolina-based charity, received a US$20,000 grant from HMSHost Foundation earlier this year. Leslie Faulkner, a beneficiary of Grace-Mar Services who became an HMSHost associate at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, shared her story during the event. She told guests how she was helped through the Grace-Mar’s job placement programme.

Organisations in Florida which will benefit as a result of the tournament fundraising include Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Orlando Union Rescue Mission and The First Tee in Tampa Bay.

HMSHost Foundation said its impact continues to grow and that the organisation experienced a surge of activity in 2017. Since its establishment in 2015, the foundation has made grants to more than 40 poverty-fighting organisations across the USA and Canada.

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