January 23, 2022
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
Los Angeles, CA
About the Event
American Hotel & Lodging Foundation in Los Angeles celebrated the 4th Annual Night of a Thousand Stars Gala on January 23, 2022. This year’s Gala returned to the Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown – our Presenting Sponsor—on the night before ALIS. Each year, the Night of A Thousand Stars gala celebrates the hotel industry’s most important VIPs – the property-level talent that makes the industry so unique. Throughout the evening, industry leaders commemorated the 2022 Stars of the Industry Award winners and the diverse individuals that embody the spirit of hospitality, while raising critical funds to support Foundation programs that are helping recruit and retain the industry stars of tomorrow.
The American Hotel & Lodging Foundation raised over a record $845,000 at its annual gala to fund programs aimed at grooming and growing a diverse industry workforce. The vital funds raised help Foundation beneficiaries such as Maria Anzola, current participant in the AHLA Foundation’s Lodging Manager Apprenticeship Program and Operations Manager, Homewood Suites, Katy, TX. See her story here.
As part of the celebration, former President & CEO of BWH Hotel Group David Kong became the first ever recipient of the Arne Sorenson Social Impact Leadership Award for his extraordinary efforts to advance positive societal change and make the lodging industry.
AHLA's 2022 Stars of the Industry winners were honored for their service to the industry:
NORTH STAR AWARD WINNER:
Cavelle (CeCe) Valcin, Manager, Guest Services, Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL
NORTH STAR AWARD FINALISTS:
Wislaine Lormil-Verger, Housekeeper, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs® Resort Area, Lake Buena Vista, FL
David Cox, Security Officer, Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles, CA
OUTSTANDING GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR (LARGE PROPERTY):
Cate Farmer, General Manager, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, Hollywood, FL
OUTSTANDING GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR (SMALL PROPERTY):
Benjamin Gray, Area General Manager - Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn by Marriott, Hotel Bethany Beach, The Bellmoor Inn and Spa Hotel, Bethany Beach, DE
PAVING THE WAY AWARD:
Liz Dahlager, Executive Vice President, Mereté Hotel Management, Springfield, OR
STEVAN PORTER EMERGING HOSPITALITY LEADER AWARD:
Laura Butler, current Director of Housekeeping - Hyatt Centric - Faneuil Hall Boston, Director of Rooms -Canopy by Hilton Boston Downtown - Boston, MA
Thank you to all our members who nominated their Stars!
The AHLA Foundation is grateful for the support of partners who provided significant financial support to the event, including: Presenting Sponsors IHG Hotels & Resorts and Qwick, as well as Visionary Sponsors, Curator Hotel and Resort Collection, Ecolab, Encore, G6 Hospitality, and HD Supply.