On Thursday, September 6, a total of 21 employees from Festiva Hospitality Group’s corporate office in Asheville, N.C., dedicated half of their day to Hands On Asheville-Buncombe’s Day of Caring. Hands On is a part of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County that provides a link for individuals, families, corporate, and civic or faith-based groups to volunteer in support of nonprofits in Asheville and Buncombe County
This was the fifth year in a row that Festiva has participated in Day of Caring, which allows businesses, individuals and organizations to go out into the community and help local nonprofit organizations, schools and other public entities with specific projects. Festiva sent a morning group and an afternoon group to the Oakley Elementary School to complete a painting project in two of the school’s bathrooms.
With budget challenges that so many public schools face, a seemingly simple task such as repainting a bathroom or two can often be delayed as other projects and resources take priority. Through Day of Caring, Festiva’s help made the completion of this project a reality for Oakley Elementary, as it may not have been done otherwise. The new paint refreshed the look of the bathrooms and added a little bit of school spirit as the colors match those of A.C. Reynolds High School, where many of Oakley’s students will attend in the future.
As always, those who participated in Day of Caring demonstrated the hardworking nature of Festiva’s employees by working quickly and efficiently together to complete as much of the painting project as possible, thus making a positive impact on one of our community’s schools.
“The United Way Day of Caring has turned into a Festiva tradition. Not only do we have a ton of fun, we build team spirit and truly love making a positive impact on our community,” said Debbie Shroyer, a long time Festiva employee and Day of Caring participant.
Festiva’s involvement in Day of Caring was organized by Debbie Shroyer and Tammy Stone. Other participating employees include: Christy Pressley, Anne Moore, Mary Anne Craver, Torie Quakenbush, Cathy Braddock, Miriam Day, Julia Shirley, Joseph Quattlebaum, Starla Basinger, Joanmanuel Comas, Corina Violette, Nicole Osborne, Tara Elliott, Sara Little, Aaron Hodges, Angela Norville, Matt Eller, Neal Beckett and Kyle Smith.
Festiva’s employees in Asheville not only give back during Day of Caring, but are involved in various fundraisers throughout the year for United Way, Friends of the WNC Nature Center, and other organizations and events in Asheville as well as Festiva’s resort destinations. Each year, four to five organizations are chosen to benefit from the Festiva Charitable Fund, including one located in Asheville and others from three to four of Festiva’s resort locations throughout the U.S.
On Tuesday, September 18, the Festiva Charitable Fund Golf Tournament will be held at Festiva’s flagship resort, Ellington at Wachesaw Plantation East in Murrells Inlet, S.C. Several employees and generous sponsors have already helped raise nearly $50,000 for the tournament and we anticipate raising even more during the event through raffle ticket sales and other donations. We expect to have approximately 100 golfers and several employee volunteers for the event.
Festiva employees also help one another by contributing to Festiva’s Helping Hands, a fund created for employees, by employees to assist individual employees in cases of extreme financial need due to medical emergencies, natural disaster or other unexpected events.
To find out more about Festiva Hospitality Group, visit www.festiva.com.