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Two Deserving Members of Midwest Boys & Girls Clubs Receive Complimentary Vacation to Eaglewood Resort & Spa As Part Of Benchmark's Hometown Hospitality Initiative™


Chicagoland 4-Diamond Resort to Host Outstanding Youths and Their Families


ITASCA, Ill. (March 3, 2010) - Eaglewood Resort & Sp recently announced the winners of its Family Road Trip vacation giveaway, a Benchmark Hospitality Hometown Hospitality™ initiative providing complimentary vacations to two deserving families through Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Benchmark operates Eaglewood Resort & Spa, which is participating in the family vacations program for the Midwest region.

Members of local Boys & Girls Clubs were encouraged to write a letter stating why their family deserved an expense paid vacation for five days at Eaglewood Resort & Spa. The Resort received many applications and the property's Executive Committee along with the Benchmark home office narrowed the entries down to two winners.

Indeed, the competition was tough, but the Eaglewood winners were: Jessica Franco from Green Bay, Wis. and Martin Orozco from Lake Station, Ind., for their outstanding essays on why their families deserved a "vacation rich with stories that will last a life time." Specifically, Benchmark was seeking vacation-ready families who thought a family trip was not possible this year.

Their trip can be planned at any time and includes 5 days at the resort, deluxe accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner all five days for the entire family, a $100 gas card, use of all recreational amenities at the resort and access to local attractions.

Charles Reece, general manager for Eaglewood Resort & Spa is proud that Eaglewood can be part of such an exciting program that provides a refuge for kids at risk that evokes a "hometown" feel. "This is why our partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs is so important -- because their mission is to provide a nurturing and safe environment where kids can have fun and participate in activities that challenge and inspire them, while being mentored by superior role models. In a sense, it's a real neighborhood and mirrors the mission of our Hometown Hospitality mission."

Since giving is as important as receiving, as part of the Family Road Trip Vacations Hometown Hospitality initiative, Benchmark Hospitality has requested each family participate in four hours of service to their local community, side-by-side with the Benchmark Hospitality staff.

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has enabled young people, especially those who need Clubs most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve more than 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs can be found throughout the country and on U.S. military installations worldwide, providing young people 6-18 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Key programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; technology training; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.

Eaglewood Resort & Spa is an AAA Four Diamond Award recipient, managed by Benchmark Hospitality. Located in Itasca, Ill., this upscale resort features 295 spacious guest rooms and suites, a selection of fine & casual dining options; first-class recreation including an 18-hole championship golf course; as well as 38,000 square feet of IACC-certified meeting space and a complete health spa. The Eaglewood is conveniently located on 106 acres in northwest Chicagoland, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, and 12 miles west of O'Hare International Airport. Learn more at www.eaglewoodresort.com

Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™. The privately held company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers. Benchmark Hospitality is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations. Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston, with regional offices in New Jersey and Connecticut. International offices are located in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark's properties and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com.

The "Hometown Hospitality Caring for Our Communities" program of Benchmark Hospitality International advances the philanthropic endeavors of the leading hospitality management company through employee volunteer programs, in-kind donations and community outreach activities. Benchmark believes that responsible corporate citizenship recognizes the inalienable link between a healthy and vibrant community and the health and well being of a company and its employees. Hometown Hospitality Caring for Our Communities encourages and enables Benchmark employees globally to seek leading roles in the communities in which they live and work and the world community as well by supporting social, educational, and cultural programs, either through property-developed initiatives or through partnering with existing services.

 
Benchmark Resorts and Hotels Property Portfolio

For more than 25 years, Benchmark Resorts and Hotels has set the standard for integrity, quality and service in management and marketing services for resorts, conference centers, hotels, golf courses and spa services.

At all of the Benchmark properties the legacy of success is anchored in our philosophy of balanced living, learning and leisure™. It is the formula that creates the signature of unparalleled excellence in quality and service throughout the network of Benchmark resorts, hotels and conference centers.

Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center
Scottsdale, Arizona
Bardessono
Yountville (Napa Valley), California
Chaminade Resort & Spa
Santa Cruz, California
Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
Rancho Santa Fe, California
Cheyenne Mountain Resort
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Naples Bay Resort
Naples, Florida
The Villas at Grand Cypress
Orlando, Florida
Marenas Beach Resort & Spa
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
Costa d'Este Beach Resort
Vero Beach, Florida
ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa
Miami, Florida
Bonaventure Resort & Spa
Weston (Fort Lauderdale), Florida
Turtle Bay Resort
Kahuku, O'ahu, Hawaii
Eaglewood Resort and Spa
Itasca, Illinois
The Heldrich Hotel & Spa
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Eldorado Hotel & Spa
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Downtown Conference Center
New York City, New York
Edith Macy Conference Center
Briarcliff Manor, New York
The Chattanoogan
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Hotel Granduca
Houston, Texas
Hotel Contessa
San Antonio, Texas
Lakeside Resort & Residences
Flower Mound, Texas
Under Development
Sorrel River Ranch Resort
Moab, Utah
Inn at Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia
Bellevue Park Hotel
Bellevue, Washington
Hotel 1000
Seattle, Washington
Sorrento Hotel
Seattle, Washington
Willows Lodge
Woodinville, Washington
Stonewall Resort
Roanoke, West Virginia
   
Snow King Resort
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Tokyo Conference Center
Tokyo, JAPAN
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort
Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean