Orlando, Fla. – May 14, 2019 – During its largest military celebration to date May 10-12, 2019, Westgate Resorts hosted over 1,500 active duty and veteran members from all branches of the U.S. military, as well as Gold Star families, totaling more than 5,500 guests, for a complimentary weekend-long celebration during the eighth-annual Military Weekend at Westgate Vacation Villas & Town Resort.
“For three action-packed days, Westgate Resorts served and honored the incredible men, women and families who sacrifice to protect and strengthen our country,” said David Siegel, Founder & CEO of Westgate Resorts and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. “We are proud to be able to provide a complimentary vacation full of special festivities each year to those who have faithfully served and protected our freedoms.”
Highlights of 2019 Military Weekend included a Military Resource Fair featuring 25 military organizations, Red, White & Blue 5K Run, a stirring performance of the play Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret by Scott Mann, a special appearance by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and an incredible outdoor concert featuring Gary Sinise & The Lt. Dan Band with special guest Grammy Award-winner Lee Greenwood (“God Bless the U.S.A.”) followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Guests also enjoyed free admission to the state-of-the-art Shipwreck Island Water Park. In addition, the Westgate Resorts Foundation contributed $50,000 to military nonprofit organizations.
Westgate Resorts plans to continue the tradition of honoring eligible U.S. military personnel and their families by giving away free vacations for military families at Westgate Vacation Villas and Town Center Resort on November 11, 2019 (starting at 9 AM EST) for the 2020 Military Weekend, which will take place May 8-10, 2020. Visit www.WestgateSalutes.com for further details or explore Westgate’s collection of military discount hotels.
About Westgate Resorts
Founded in 1982 by David Siegel, Westgate Resorts is the largest privately held timeshare company in the world and one of the largest resort developers in the United States. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Westgate features 27 themed destination resorts nationwide with more than 14,500 luxury villas and hotel rooms in popular vacation destinations. Most Westgate Resorts locations offer a variety of unique restaurant, retail and spa concepts such as Drafts Sports Bar & Grill, Edge Steakhouse, Westgate Marketplace & Deli and Serenity Spa. For more information about Westgate Resorts, visit www.westgateresorts.com.