HOTEL INDUSTRY FOUNDATION RAISES $100,000 TO SUPPORT FURLOUGHED EMPLOYEES

Virtual Golf Classic Features PGA Professional Davis Love III

WASHINGTON (July 29, 2020) – The American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation), the charitable giving arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), raised $100,000 at an After-Hours Cocktail event with PGA professional Davis Love III. 

After its annual Golf Classic fundraiser was postponed to August 2021 due to travel concerns around COVID-19, the hotel industry rallied together to hold the virtual event to raise funds to support furloughed employees impacted by COVID-19.    

“Despite this challenging time, we continue to see the industry rally together to support our greatest resource – our employees,” said Rosanna Maietta, president of AHLA Foundation. “It never ceases to amaze me how generous this industry is, even at a time when it’s struggling for its very survival. The funds we raised today will help provide employees with a critical link to industry that’s more important now than ever before.” 

Davis Love III is the winner of 21 PGA TOUR titles, including the 1997 PGA Championship, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017. At the event, Davis Love III covered a wide range of topics, including personal and professional highlights, stories from the tour, and tips to improve your golf game. 

“As a PGA Tour professional and with my long-term relationship with the Sea Island Resort, I have seen firsthand the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on the hospitality industry,” said Davis Love III. “At the Davis Love Foundation, we are committed to helping children and families in need, and I saw this as an opportunity to align with the AHLA Foundation’s mission and give back to an industry that I care deeply about.”

The event would not have been possible without its generous supporters, including: 

  • Presenting sponsors: Ecolab and Vesta Hospitality
  • Hole in One sponsors: dormakaba and G6 Hospitality
  • Eagle sponsor: HD Supply
  • Par level sponsor: Onity
  • Foursomes: ASSA ABLOY, Home Box Office (HBO), and PepsiCo 
  • Individual Golfer: Florida’s Natural and The Living Company 

The AHLA Foundation’s next Golf Classic will be held August 15-18, 2021 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO. 

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About The AHLA Foundation: 
The AHLA Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, is dedicated to helping people build careers, improve their lives, and strengthen the lodging industry. From lifting individuals out of poverty and connecting them with a life-long career in the industry to providing certifications to promote current hotel employees into leadership positions, the Foundation's programs are changing the industry by changing lives. We are committed to elevating, educating, and empowering individuals and the public on the industry’s story of opportunity and advancement. Since its founding in 1953, the Foundation has distributed over $27 million in support of the industry and is committed to ensuring a strong and viable workforce for the entire lodging industry. The Foundation is funded solely by contributions from generous individuals and companies who want to give back to the hotel industry and ensure a successful future. Learn more at www.ahlafoundation.org.