SOURCE: Wyndham Worldwide

Wyndham Worldwide

August 14, 2013 13:00 ET

Wyndham Worldwide Supports Local Piedmont Triad Community With Week of Charitable Activities at Wyndham Championship

Annual PGA TOUR Event Provides Philanthropic Platform for Global Hospitality Company

GREENSBORO, NC--(Marketwired - Aug 14, 2013) - During the Wyndham Championship, August 15 - 18, spectators will enjoy exciting, not-to-be missed PGA TOUR golf in a vacation-like setting reminiscent of Wyndham Worldwide's (NYSE: WYN) resorts around the globe.

Fans will also have the opportunity to get directly involved in what has become the cornerstone of the tournament: philanthropy.

Focusing on improving the lives of children, Wishes by Wyndham, Wyndham Worldwide's philanthropic foundation and official charity of the championship, will donate $100,000 to the winning charity in its Charity of Choice awareness campaign, as well as sponsor multiple other philanthropic activities to benefit national and local charities whose missions are also to benefit children.

Held at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., the Wyndham Championship is an annual golf tournament on the PGA TOUR and the final stop of the PGA TOUR's FedEx Cup regular season. Attracting more than 80,000 spectators each year, the tournament gives Wyndham Worldwide the platform to connect with its customers while expanding the reach and presence of Wishes by Wyndham and supporting many local charitable organizations.

"Philanthropy is one of the core values at Wyndham Worldwide, and we feel strongly that it is our responsibility to do what we can to help others around the world," said Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and chief executive officer, Wyndham Worldwide. "As one of the world's largest hospitality companies, we are not only committed to providing great vacation experiences for our guests, but also to enhancing the quality of children's lives around the world and making lasting contributions in the communities where our employees live and work."

Spectators hold the key to the "Charity of Choice." During the tournament, fans have an opportunity to decide which local charity will receive $100,000 from Wishes by Wyndham. Voters will choose from the top 10 charities that were determined by an open voting period held in July on WyndhamChampionship.com and the Wyndham Worldwide Facebook page. From Thursday, August 15, through Sunday, August 18, participants may cast their vote for one of the charitable organizations once per day on-site at the "Key to Wyn" expo tent. The winning charity will be announced at a special ceremony after the tournament trophy presentation.

Building on its relationship with a former winner of the Charity of Choice campaign, Wishes by Wyndham has committed $1 million to The First Tee organization over the next five years to help it expand the reach of its programs and shape the lives of young people through the game of golf. On Tuesday, The First Tee of the Triad held its Life Skills Experience golf clinic for local Piedmont Triad youth at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center. In addition to learning fundamentals of the golf swing and the game, participants met PGA TOUR Pro Cameron Percy.

PGA TOUR Pros can participate in Wyndham Championship philanthropy. The "Birdies for Charity" competition, a golf video game tournament held on site Thursday, August 15, through Sunday, August 18, gives spectators and the PGA TOUR Pros playing in the Wyndham Championship a chance to raise money for charitable organizations. Using the Nintendo Wii™ Sports expert level three-hole course, participants who score one-under par on their video golf hole will help raise money for Wishes by Wyndham charities and have their names posted on a leaderboard outside the gaming area. At the end of the week, the individual with the best score will present the check to the winning Charity of Choice organization.

Charitable giving is for everyone at the Wyndham Championship. Offering something for all ages, particularly when it comes to giving back, the tournament will provide an opportunity for kids in attendance to help other children in need. The Wishes by Wyndham Christel House Tapestry Painting, a six-foot by four-foot tapestry featuring a black and white golf-themed image, will be on-site for kids to color and bring to life with paint. At the end of the tournament, the tapestry will be presented to Christel House International to be auctioned at a future fundraiser. A Wishes by Wyndham signature charity, Christel House International's mission is to help children around the world break the cycle of poverty, realize their hopes and dreams, and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society.

During the Wyndham Championship, Wishes by Wyndham will also donate to a variety of other charitable organizations, including the Kevin Harvick Foundation, which works with underprivileged children to help improve their lives and the PGA TOUR Wives Association, which supports and provides assistance to needy children and their families.

About Wyndham Worldwide

One of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality products and services through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world's largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world's best-known hotel brands, with over 7,410 franchised hotels and over 635,100 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world's largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 106,000 vacation properties in 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 915,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,500 associates globally.

For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

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. Additional tournament information is available at www.wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office at (336)379-1570.

Stay connected with the Wyndham Championship through its social media channels, including the Wyndham Championship Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Flickr and YouTube.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:

    Alyson Johnson
    Senior Vice President, Communications and Marketing
    Wyndham Worldwide
    (973) 753-6759
    Alyson.johnson@wyn.com

    Rob Goodman
    Wyndham Championship Director of Media
    (336) 299-4321
    rob@3-gsports.com