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
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
“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
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