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Wyndham Worldwide

Wyndham Worldwide

June 28, 2012 11:36 ET

Wyndham Championship "Charity of Choice" Awareness Campaign Returns; Online Fan Voting to Determine Finalists

GREENSBORO, NC--(Marketwire - Jun 28, 2012) - Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world's largest hospitality companies, today announced their commitment to supporting local Piedmont Triad charitable organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children through this year's Wyndham Championship "Charity of Choice" awareness campaign. Wyndham's philanthropic program, Wishes by Wyndham, is the official charity of the Wyndham Championship and supports numerous local non-profit organizations including Victory Junction, The First Tee of the Triad and Brenner Children's Hospital.

"The Wyndham Championship gives us a national platform to support the efforts of so many outstanding organizations as part of our commitment to enhance the quality of life in communities around the world," said Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and CEO, Wyndham Worldwide. "We are thrilled to host the "Charity of Choice" awareness campaign again during this year's tournament."

Starting Monday, July 9, fans can visit or to vote for their favorite charity; voting will be available through July 25. During the week of July 30, 2012, the 10 charitable organizations with the most online votes will be named finalists and will be eligible for on-site voting at Sedgefield Country Club during the Wyndham Championship. The charity garnering the most votes during the tournament will receive a $100,000 donation courtesy of Wishes by Wyndham, the philanthropic arm of title sponsor Wyndham Worldwide, following the conclusion of the Wyndham Championship on Sunday, Aug. 19. 

Last year, The First Tee of the Triad won the fan vote and the $100,000 donation and quickly made a donation to each of the other top-five finishers. Because it won last year, The First Tee of the Triad is not eligible for this program for five years. The list of eligible charities for this year's Charity of Choice program is below:

Alamance Partnership for Children
Amos Cottage - Brenner Children's Hospital
Autism Society of North Carolina
Big Brothers & Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont
Boy Scouts of America, Old North State Council
Boys & Girls Club of the Piedmont
Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina
Camp Carefree
Centers for Exceptional Children
Children's Home Society of North Carolina
Children's Museum of Winston-Salem
Foster Friends of North Carolina
Girl Scouts of America, Tarheel Triad Council
Greensboro Children's Museum
Guilford Child Development
Imprints for Families
National Black Child Development Institute
Piedmont Triad Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Make a Wish Foundation of Central & Western North Carolina
Victory Junction
Winston Salem Children's Museum
Youth FOCUS, Guilford County
Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Charitable organizations participating in the 2012 "Charity of Choice" awareness campaign must be non-profit organizations with current 501(c)3 status whose only mission is to improve the lives of children. Individuals or for-profit organizations of any kind are not eligible, and unlike last year, pass-through organizations whereby an organization raises money on behalf of another charitable organization may not participate. An organization with statewide or national reach must be able to designate a portion of the winning funds to Piedmont Triad programs in order to be eligible. 

About Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
As one of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business-to-business customers a broad suite of hospitality products and services across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world-renowned brands. Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses over 7,150 hotels with approximately 609,300 rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals offers leisure travelers, including its 3.7 million members, access to approximately 100,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 160 vacation ownership resorts serving over 813,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs approximately 27,800 employees globally.

For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit the Company's website at

About the Wyndham Championship
Contested annually on the Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., the Wyndham Championship was founded in 1938 and is the seventh-oldest event on the PGA TOUR. Tickets will be available soon at or through the tournament office. Additional tournament information, including ticket packages and sponsorship information, is available at or through the tournament office at (336) 379-1570. 

Contact Information


    Alyson Johnson
    Vice President, Corporate Communications
    Wyndham Worldwide
    Office: (973) 753.6759

    Rob Goodman
    Wyndham Championship Director of Media Relations
    (336) 299-4321