Vintage Hotels Gets Behind The Ball For Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Canada

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Employees of Vintage Hotels slipped into bowling shirts and shoes on February 17 and 24, 2007 to support their local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC). Participation in BBBSC’s nationwide Bowl-for-Kids Sake event represented the first step in the Niagara hotel group’s recently launched multi-tiered program charitable program to help Canada’s leading child and youth serving organization meet its fundraising goals.

“Vintage Hotels understands that exceptional employees are defined as much by what they do on the job as what they do beyond their time at work,” says Barrie Laver, President and CEO, Vintage Hotels. “The Big Brothers Big Sisters partnership is an incredible opportunity for our employees to embody and demonstrate Vintage Hotels’ commitment to inspiring young people to achieve their full potential. We look forward to a successful partnership that will make a real difference in the lives of children in need.”

“We are proud and honoured that Vintage Hotels has made a conscious choice to make a difference in the lives of young people,” says Bruce MacDonald, President Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. “Vintage Hotels’ commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters will go a long way in helping us expand our current knowledge, skills, service delivery, financial, structural, and leadership capacities.”

“By providing a friend where one is needed, Vintage employees will make a truly overwhelming impact on the lives of children in the Niagara region,” adds Dale Davis, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Catharines office.  “We are thoroughly delighted to welcome Vintage Hotels to the Big Brothers Big Sisters family”.

Vintage Hotels’ program to support the partnership  includessponsorships and in-kind donations. In addition to encouraging employees and management to give of their time to mentor a young person, the program will focus on the areas that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada has identified as most in need of  help, not only with the national organization but also the local Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Catharines-Thorold & District.

Vintage Hotels was represented in St. Catharines/Niagara Falls by 10 teams of 5 members each. Bowlers were not only members of the Executive Committee, but also teams representing the Reservations, Sales, and Marketing departments.

Bowl for Kids Sake (BFKS) is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada’s National Signature Campaign, which runs between mid-February and the end of March each year. BFKS raises over $5.5 million annually for local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies.  All the money fundraised through this fun and exciting pledge-based campaign helps match more children with mentors and supports the over 23,000 children and youth in Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is Canada’s leading youthme ntoring organization, offering the Big Brother Big Sister program and a host of other innovative and successful programs, including In-School Mentoring, Go Girls! and diverse group mentoring programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada has 150 member agencies serving 1,000 communities and more than 23,000 children and youth. For more information: www.bbbsc.ca.

Vintage Hotels is a collection of three CAA/AAA four-diamond hotels offering 374 guestrooms, over 30,000 square feet of meeting space, three four-diamond restaurants, and two spas in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Secret Garden Spa and 100 Fountain Spa offer a wide selection of services to soothe body and soul. Offering classic style with modern sensibility, the hotel properties are the jewels in the crown of the Niagara region. The elegant and refined Prince of Wales and the classic yet charming Pillar and Post were tops in Ontario on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2006, with Prince of Wales repeating in the No. 2 spot in 2007 and is notably the only hotel in Ontario to earn a coveted spot on Travel+Leisure Magazine’s 2008 readers’ poll of Top 100 Best Hotels in North America. The Georgian splendour of Queen’s Landing sets the stage for everything from high-level corporate gatherings to romantic getaways to family vacations. Vintage Hotels is a proud partner of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. For more information: www.vintage-hotels.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Colin Sines, Director of Marketing
Vintage Hotels
(905) 468-1362 ext. 8123
c.sines@vintage-hotels.com

Dianne Turner, Marketing and PR Coordinator
Vintage Hotels
(905) 468-1362 ext. 8464
d.turner@vintage-hotels.com