The list of diverse recipients for contributions from the Festiva Charitable Fund has been announced for this year, and it’s an excellent sampling of the organizations that we support at Festiva.
Festiva began a flexible endowment fund in 2006 with the intent of providing permanent charitable resources for all the communities where Festiva employees live and work. The primary focus of the Festiva Charitable Fund is to promote education for our youth and eliminate poverty in our communities. The charitable fund is also used to respond to extraordinary global events.
This year, these non-profit organizations were chosen to benefit from the Festiva Charitable Fund:
The Western North Carolina Nature Center is a 42-acre zoological park operated by the City of Asheville’s Parks and Recreation department. The Center has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums since 1999 and its collection features animals native to the southern Appalachian Mountains.
The Branson Veterans Task Force honors the nation’s brave soldiers year round. This organization provide festivities such as Veterans Homecoming, Independence Day celebration, Memorial Day ceremonies and more.
The Grand Strand Miracle Leagues in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is dedicated to providing those with special needs the life-changing opportunity of playing baseball. The Miracle League became the second all-access baseball league in the nation in 2001. Fueled by generous community support and a passionate Board, an ADA approved, adapted baseball field was constructed. The rubberized surface of the field is perfect for wheelchairs and walkers, making it the ideal place to start a league with the following rules: everyone plays, everyone crosses home plate, and everyone wins!
Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Volusia in New Smyrna Beach, Florida helps community members obtain a decent and affordable place to live through their volunteers. They build homes for those people that need assistance.
The Festiva Charitable Fund also contributed to Hurricane relief in the Caribbean to help with the ongoing efforts to rebuild in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Jose nearly one year ago. The Charitable Fund committee chose the Virgin Unite USA’s British Virgin Islands Unite Relief Fund and the SXM Project in St. Maarten. Festiva has a long history with the Atrium Resort & Spa in St. Maarten, and owns a fleet of sailing catamarans docked in St. Maarten and Tortola which provide all-inclusive charters through Festiva Sailing Vacations.
A committee is formed annually to choose organizations that will benefit from the Charitable Fund in that year. Typically, the committee chooses one organization based in Asheville where Festiva’s headquarters are located, and three to four organizations in our resort destinations based on recommendations from our staff in those destinations.
The funds are distributed to these organizations that were researched by the committee and recommended by employees who live and work in the areas. The Festiva Charitable Fund receives funding from employees at several affiliated hospitality companies. Employees contribute to the fund through individual donations and fundraising events held throughout the year.