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Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts

May 23, 2012 06:00 ET

Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts® to Donate $60,000 Through "Charity Foursome" Program

PGA TOUR Players and Facebook Fans Rally to Benefit Four Charities at the Crowne Plaza® Invitational at Colonial

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - Four! Is that the number or golf? Maybe it's both.

At this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, the entire PGA TOUR field will work even harder to shoot low scores. Players will show their support for the Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts "Charity Foursome," benefiting four charities -- Birdies for the Brave; Shelter in a Storm; Cook Children's Medical Center; and the First Tee of Fort Worth, Texas.

"Each golf pairing this weekend at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial will play for one of four charities," says PGA TOUR rising star Rickie Fowler. "Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts will donate $100 for each birdie and $500 for every eagle made to each pairing's designated charity, up to $50,000."

You don't have to be a PGA TOUR player to take part. Visit and select to which of the four charities you would like Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts to donate an additional dollar on your behalf, up to $10,000, making the total donation up to $60,000 for the Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts "Charity Foursome" program. Participating fans will automatically be entered for a chance to win a golf weekend getaway.

About Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts
As part of the IHG global portfolio, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts is a dynamic hotel brand located in nearly 60 countries around the world in major urban centers, gateway cities and resort destinations. As the fourth largest upscale hotel brand in the world, Crowne Plaza was recently recognized by Lodging Hospitality magazine as one of the industry's top-growing brands and travel buyers rated Crowne Plaza as the top upscale/select-service brand in Business Travel News' 2011 U.S. Hotel Chain survey. Truly international, Crowne Plaza offers premium accommodation, designed for the discerning business and leisure traveler who appreciates simplified elegance combined with the practicality of the latest features, as well as value for money. At Crowne Plaza, guests can enjoy a 24-hour business service, wireless high speed internet access in the lobby plus fitness and leisure facilities. For reservations at Crowne Plaza properties, visit or call 1-800-2CROWNE. Twitter: or Facebook:

Notes to Editors:

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) (LSE: IHG) (NYSE: IHG) (ADRs) is a global organization with nine hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, as well as our two newest brands, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts. IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 63 million members worldwide.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,400 hotels and more than 658,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories, and has more than 1,100 hotels in its development pipeline.

IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 new people worldwide across its estate over the next few years and is committed to gender balance throughout its business. We aspire to continue retaining a minimum of 25% female representation on the Board.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.

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About IHG Shelter in a Storm Program
IHG has a long history of helping communities in times of disaster. The IHG Shelter in a Storm Program builds on this tradition, using the organization's size and scale to pool resources and efforts. When disaster strikes, the IHG Shelter in a Storm Program provides guidance to help IHG hotels react swiftly and effectively, so they can provide help, such as emergency shelter, food and clean water to communities around the affected hotels.

About Birdies for the Brave
Since 2005, the PGA TOUR has proudly supported Birdies for the Brave, a national military outreach initiative dedicated to honoring and showing appreciation to the courageous men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Together with TOUR players, corporate partners, tournament fans and TPC club members, the TOUR has raised millions of dollars annually for military homefront groups that are supported by TOUR players, which provide critical programs and services to meet the specialized needs of wounded warriors and military families through fundraising events held at TPCs nationwide. Other Birdies for the Brave activities include Military Appreciation Day celebrations and Patriots' Outpost military hospitality chalets during TOUR tournaments, as well as the opportunity for military members and their families to attend many TOUR events on a complimentary basis. To learn more about Birdies for the Brave, please visit or follow them on Facebook.

About The First Tee of Fort Worth
The First Tee of Fort Worth is a youth development organization that uses golf as its vehicle to teach Life Skills and The First Tee's Nine Core Values to children in the greater Fort Worth community. The First Tee of Fort Worth is one of over 200 chapters of The First Tee, an organization that is recognized as one of the premier youth character-education programs in the country. Founded in 2004, The First Tee of Fort Worth is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization impacting over 20,000 youth annually in and around Fort Worth.

About Cook Children's Health Care System
Cook Children's Health Care System is a not-for-profit, nationally recognized pediatric health care organization comprised of eight entities -- a Medical Center, Physician Network, Home Health company, Northeast Hospital, Pediatric Surgery Center, Health Plan, Health Services Inc., and Health Foundation. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, the integrated system has more than 60 primary and specialty care offices throughout North Texas. Its service region includes Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties, with an additional referral area encompassing nearly half the state.

Cook Children's traces its roots back to 1918, but throughout its continual change and robust growth, it still embraces an inspiring promise -- to improve the health of every child in its region through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury. To live up to this promise, Cook Children's combines the art of caring with the use of leading technology and extraordinary collaboration to provide exceptional care for every child, every day. For more information, please visit

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