INDUSTRY PEOPLE 11-10-2006

Paul Cilker CALIFORNIA CTO CHAPTER AIDS BAHAMIAN RELIEF FUND In response to the effects of Hurricane Wilma, the Caribbean Tourism Organization called upon members for donations to help clothe and feed displaced children. At this year’s 29th annual Caribbean Tourism Conference at the Westin/Sher

By: Paul Cilker


CALIFORNIA CTO CHAPTER AIDS BAHAMIAN RELIEF FUND
In response to the effects of Hurricane Wilma, the Caribbean Tourism Organization called upon members for donations to help clothe and feed displaced children.

At this year’s 29th annual Caribbean Tourism Conference at the Westin/Sheraton Our Lucaya Resort, the Northern California CTO chapter followed up with the biggest donation.

Othree Burroughs, of Designer Travel in San Jose, Calif., presented a $2,000 check to Wendy Marquard, co-founder of The Bahamas Babies Relief Fund. “We did a silent auction fundraiser,” Burroughs said, “using rooms generously donated by our Caribbean resort partners. Our chapter is dedicated to helping the region that supports us so well.”

This was the biggest donation ever given by an individual CTO chapter. Eleven other chapter representatives from across the United States joined together to present a check worth $5,755 the largest donation the organization has ever received.



AMEX GIVES THANKS, UPDATES
At its annual U.S. Representative Network Conference in Denver Oct. 22-24, American Express gave presentations, events and workshops in thanks to key members in its agency network. The company also gave updates on new and future additions in business-building, marketing and benefits available to American Express’ representative travel agencies.



PUMPKIN CARVING FOR A CAUSE
On Oct. 26, the 2006 Great Pumpkin Challenge hosted at The Buttes, A Marriott Resort raised funds for the Ronald McDonald House of Phoenix. Four surgeons competed against four chefs to carve the most ghoulish gourd, with first place going to Chef Donavon Evashenko of the Buttes and his partner, Arizona Republic columnist Bill Goodykoontz. A live auction of the carved pumpkins raised nearly $2,000 benefiting the Ronald McDonald House. During the course of the event, children participated in activities, including pumpkin bowling and gourd painting.



WALKING THE TAUCK
For its sixth annual employee volunteerism event held on Oct. 27, Tauck World Discovery cleaned up city parks in disadvantaged areas of its home city, Norwalk, Conn. More than 50 employees, employee family members and guests of the world’s largest provider of upscale escorted tour, cruise and safari packages came out to help.

“They say that ‘charity begins at home,’” said Tauck president and CEO Robin Tauck, “and we decided that nothing would be more appropriate or more rewarding than helping out right here in our own backyard.”

Also at the event was Norwalk mayor Richard Moccia.

“We’re very excited to have one of Norwalk’s top companies really step up to help out our community,” said Moccia. “I’m very proud of Tauck, and I’m proud of the numerous city officials and agencies who worked closely with Tauck to make today’s event a reality.”

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