April 17, 2008 10:02 ET

Group RCI returns as Title Sponsor of the 2008 Christel House Open

Tournament to Be Renamed The Group RCI Christel House Open

INDIANAPOLIS, IN and PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwire - April 17, 2008) - Christel House International announced today that Group RCI, the worldwide leader in timeshare and vacation exchange, and one of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN), will return for the second year as the Title Sponsor of the Group RCI Christel House Open International Charity Golf Tournament. Now in its sixth year, the global tournament will take place on Monday, June 9 at 22 sites spanning five continents.

More than 2,000 golfers will tee off from sites in:

--  Bangalore, India
--  Mexico City, Mexico
--  Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa
--  The United Kingdom
--  Caracas, Venezuela
--  Puerto Rico
--  The United States, including sites in: Arizona, California, Colorado,
    Florida, Indiana, Michigan, New York, South Carolina, Virginia and

Worldwide proceeds from the tournament are expected to top the $1 million mark. One hundred percent of proceeds are used for programs and services directly benefiting the 2600 children of Christel House.

"We have a very special relationship with Group RCI and we are thrilled to welcome them as our title sponsor again this year. They have been part of the tournament since its inception in 2003, and we are deeply grateful for their support," said Cheryl Wendling, Senior Vice President of Christel House.

Christel DeHaan, Founder of Christel House, is also the co-founder of Group RCI. She sold the company in 1996 and opened the first Christel House learning center in Mexico City, Mexico two years later.

"Group RCI is very proud to continue the tradition of sponsoring the Group RCI Christel House Open and we look forward to a great tournament in 2008," said Geoff Ballotti, president and CEO of Group RCI. "Working with Christel House on this event and others throughout the year gives us a true sense of accomplishment, knowing that our efforts will help to improve the lives of the children, families and communities that are part of The Christel House program worldwide."

As the charity of choice for the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), Christel House and The Open are largely supported by developers, resorts and vendors in the timeshare industry. Founded in 1974 as an exchange service for timeshare owners, Group RCI remains the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and is recognized within the timeshare industry for its longstanding history of social responsibility.

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About Group RCI

Group RCI , part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN), is the global leader in non-hotel leisure accommodations with exclusive access for specified periods to more than 67,000 vacation properties in approximately 100 countries. Organizationally, Group RCI is comprised of vacation exchange, including RCI®, the worldwide leader in timeshare and vacation exchange and provider of travel services to businesses and consumers and The Registry Collection®, the world's largest luxury exchange program; vacation rentals, including Endless Vacation Rentals(SM), Landal Greenparks®, Novasol®, and more than 30 other vacation rental brands, through which vacationers can rent a wide variety of property types, from city apartments to country cottages to villas; and NorthCourse®, Leisure Real Estate Solutions, an international leader in providing a full spectrum of advisory, research, asset management and turnkey solutions and services. Collectively, the company delivers vacation experiences to leisure travelers around the world and provides products and services to business customers that support the growth of the leisure real estate industry. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation is one of the world's largest hospitality companies with leading brands in lodging franchising, vacation ownership, vacation rentals and vacation exchange. For additional information visit or the media center of

About Christel House

Christel House is an international 501 (c) 3 public charity helping children around the world to break the cycle of poverty and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. Christel House learning centers -- located in India, Mexico, South Africa, the United States and Venezuela -- provide education, nutrition, health care and character and life-skills development for children. The organization has received a Four Star rating from Charity Navigator and is celebrating its tenth year anniversary in 2008.

1998 ~ Ten Years of Transforming Lives ~ 2008

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