SOURCE: Woodloch Resort

Woodloch Resort

August 22, 2012 13:38 ET

Woodloch Pines Resort Pays Tribute to Everyday Heroes

Gathering Room and Weekend Dedicated to Honoring Their Services

HAWLEY, PA--(Marketwire - Aug 22, 2012) - Woodloch Pines, an all-inclusive family resort located in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, is proud to announce the unveiling of a new gathering room, to be named the "Heroes Room." The 960 square-foot room is dedicated in honor of all civilian heroes, including firemen, police, and EMTs.

Woodloch will be celebrating its first "Heroes Weekend" September 14th-16th, 2012. On top of offering a late-summer escape for families, the entire weekend will focus on honoring America's civilian service heroes. The dedication ceremony will be held on September 15th at 5 p.m. Additionally, many of the resort's activities and events, including their famous Olympics, will be tailored to embrace the spirit of courage shown in the line of duty. "Being a family resort, there is always a great sense of community, caring, and camaraderie in the air," says Joey Ranner, Social Director. "Honoring our civilian heroes not only pays tribute to that spirit but also sets the standard of upstanding citizenship." Additionally, guests can expect more fun activity boating on Lake Teedyuskung, zip lining through the trees, or competing on their brand new paintball field. Woodloch looks forward to honoring military heroes in a separate ceremony around next year's Memorial Day holiday.

During Woodloch Pines' 54 years in business, many loyal guests have dedicated their careers to civil service. This is a small way of recognizing their dedication. "We've had many close personal friends that chose to put their lives on the line for the greater good," says Ranner. "This is just one way we can express our eternal gratitude and share it with others."

The Woodloch Pines "Heroes Club" entitles guests to a 10% discount for the weekend. Upon check in, all heroes are given a complimentary beverage voucher. They are also rewarded with a one-hour extended check out and a fresh baked token of appreciation for the ride home. All it takes is a valid email address and ID to enroll in the program. 

One of the all-inclusive family resort's inspirations for the Heroes Room came from a long-time guest and friend by the name of Tom Brick. As a boy, he vacationed at Woodloch with his family. After graduation, he worked at Woodloch for several years before realizing his dream of becoming a New York City fireman, graduating in the first fire academy class after September 11, 2001. Brick dutifully marched into the lines of battle, putting the lives of others before his own. Sadly, during a search and rescue mission in December of 2003, Tom was killed in the line of duty. Though Tom's life was all too brief, his heroism and selflessness will never be forgotten.

Brick's story is one of many stories that deserve to be told. The dedication of the Heroes Room will allow Woodloch to invite all civilian heroes, including police officers, firefighters, and EMTs to share their stories. The new Heroes Room will be renovated and redesigned to include service badges, medals, flags and more that loyal guests have so kindly donated. Woodloch continuously invites service men and women to share their stories and memorabilia to be added to the Heroes Room by contacting the resort at woodmark@woodloch.com. Acts of valor and courage will be proudly displayed in front of over 40,000 guests per year.

About Woodloch Pines Resort:
Creating a magical experience for families since 1958, Woodloch Pines Resort's signature warm hospitality keeps guests returning year after year and offers a truly unique all-inclusive family vacation experience fitting for everyone's taste. An award-winning family resort, championship golf course and sister property featuring a luxury destination spa is just 95 scenic and convenient miles from New York City nestled in the Pocono Mountains Lake Region.