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Westgate Resorts Foundation to Award More than $1 Million in 2020

Dec 09, 2019

Orlando, Fla. – Dec. 9, 2019 – Totaling $1,122,500, Westgate Resorts Foundation awarded grants to 41 nonprofits in Central Florida and 33 additional organizations in its resort markets across the United States. Each recipient shares a strong tie to Westgate’s mission of Strong Families | Strong Workforce with a specific emphasis on addressing the issues of homelessness, domestic violence and education.

Bakari Burns, Executive Director of Health Care Center for the Homeless, and the City of Orlando’s newest commissioner, provided the welcome and set the tone for the high-energy event, themed “Everyday Heroes.”

“Westgate’s mission of Strong Families | Strong Workforce is rooted in our principles of entrepreneurialism and generosity,” said David Siegel, Founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts. “We’ve made it our priority to care for others by extending hospitality to those who live in the many communities across the country that Westgate calls home.”

The Foundation added four new grantees to its 2020 roster, including Adult Literacy League; CareerSource Central Florida; Early Learning Coalition of Central Florida; and Find, Feed and Restore.

Below are some of the other 2020 grant recipients from Central Florida:

  • Second Harvest Foodbank for its Culinary Training Program
  • United Against Poverty for its Success Employment Training Program
  • Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida for its Career Development Program at the Cocoa Beach branch
  • LIFT Orlando for its Orlando Services Center
  • The Holocaust Center for its Stand Up to Bullying program in Orlando middle schools

    The annual event celebrates community partnerships, acknowledges the heroism local nonprofits demonstrate throughout the year, and confirmed Westgate Resorts’ continued commitment to their work. Similar, local events will take place in January in Westgate’s resort communities across the country, including Park City, Utah; Las Vegas, Nevada; Gatlinburg and Knoxville, Tennessee; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Williamsburg, Virginia; Miami, Florida; Branson, Missouri; and, Mesa, Arizona.

    About the Westgate Resorts Foundation

    Celebrating its 19th year, the Westgate Resorts Foundation is committed to investing in Westgate’s resort communities and team members by partnering with nonprofits equally committed to our mission of Strong Families | Strong Workforce: If families are equipped to break through barriers such as homelessness, domestic violence, gaps in education or returning to the workforce after military service, then they keep working or quickly return to work…paving their own path to self-sufficiency and lifelong success. A strong workforce means thriving communities where people want to live and vacation. The Foundation supports this mission through grant-making, advocacy and volunteerism in Westgate’s resort communities nationwide and grants more than $1 million annually. For more information about the Westgate Resorts Foundation, visit www.westgateresortsfoundation.org.

    About Westgate Resorts

    Founded in 1982 by David A. Siegel, Westgate Resorts is one of the largest resort developers in the United States. Westgate features 28 themed destination resorts with over 14,500 luxury villas and hotel rooms in premier locations throughout the United States such as Orlando, Florida; New York City, New York; Park City, Utah; Las Vegas, Nevada; Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Williamsburg, Virginia; Miami and Cocoa Beach, Florida; Branson, Missouri; Mesa, Arizona; and Tunica, Mississippi. Most Westgate Resorts locations feature a variety of unique restaurant, retail and spa concepts, including Drafts Sports Bar & Grill, Westgate Smokehouse Grill, Edge Steakhouse, Westgate Marketplace & Deli and Serenity Spa by Westgate. For more information about Westgate Resorts, visit www.westgateresorts.com.