Hospitality Industry Veteran to Receive Jewish National Fund Award

Hospitality Industry Veteran to Receive Jewish National Fund Award

Eric Danziger CEO Wyndham Hotel Group, hospitality industry veteran
Eric Danziger CEO Wyndham Hotel Group, hospitality industry veteran

On November 12, the Jewish National Fund will honor Eric A. Danziger, Chief Executive Officer of Wyndham Hotel Group, with its Tree of Life Award. A longtime member of the hospitality industry, Danziger’s work history includes Carlson Hotels Worldwide, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, DoubleTree Hotels, and the former Wyndham International.

 

Jewish National Fund to honor CEO of Wyndham Hotel Group at Annual Tree of Life award dinner

Actor and Comedian Paul Reiser to Serve as Emcee

Jewish National Fund (JNF) will host its annual Tree of Life™ Award Dinner at The Pierre Hotel on Monday, November 12, 2012. The event will honor Eric A. Danziger, Chief Executive Officer of Wyndham Hotel Group, and feature master of ceremonies Paul Reiser. Cocktails will be served at 6:00 pm, and the program will begin at 7:00 pm.

Proceeds from the Tree of Life™ Dinner will benefit JNF’s work with Aleh Negev, a state-of-the -art rehabilitative village in Israel’s Negev Desert that provides people with severe cognitive and physical disabilities with high-level medical and therapeutic care to help them realize their full potential. Major General (Res.) Doron Almog, chairman of Aleh Negev, will receive the Guardian of Israel Award.

The Tree of Life™ Award is a humanitarian award given in recognition of outstanding community involvement, dedication to the cause of American-Israeli friendship, and devotion to peace and security of human life. Eric A. Danziger is a lodging industry veteran. He joined Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company, as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2008 after serving in executive leadership roles for some of the world’s most well-known hospitality companies including Carlson Hotels Worldwide, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, DoubleTree Hotels and the former Wyndham International. He has served as chairman of the American Hotel & Motel Association’s Strategic Planning Group and as a trustee of the American Hotel & Motel Federation.

Danziger holds an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, where he is a distinguished visiting professor. He is a 2011 UJA-Federation of New York honoree, and recipient of numerous industry awards and honors, including the 2005 Northern California Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the category of real estate, hospitality and construction.

Major General (Res.) Doron Almog served in the IDF from 1969-2004. Key landmarks in his career include participating in the 1976 Entebbe Operation, commanding elite paratroopers during the first Lebanon War, airlifting more than 6,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel, and heading the Southern Command from 2000-2003. The focus of his voluntary activities is Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran, which is named for the General’s son Eran, Aleh Negev’s first resident, who passed away in February 2007 of a rare illness.

A friend of JNF and Aleh Negev, Paul Reiser is a seasoned actor, writer, and stand-up comedian. He co-created and starred in the NBC series Mad About You, which garnered him Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations. He has also written three books: Couplehood, Babyhood and Familyhood. In November 2010, Reiser released the album Unusual Suspects with longtime friend, singer/songwriter Julia Fordham. Most recently, he wrote and starred in the semiautobiographical 2011 NBC comedy series The Paul Reiser Show. Reiser is generously donating his time for the Tree of Life™ Award Dinner.

The dinner will take place at The Pierre Hotel at 2 East 61st Street at 5th Avenue, New York, NY. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Amy Penchansky at 212.879.9305 ext. 804 or [email protected] by October 29, 2012.

JEWISH NATIONAL FUND (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. JNF gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people. JNF embodies both heart and action; our work is varied in scope but singular in benefit. We strive to bring an enhanced quality of life to all of Israel’s residents, and translate these advancements to the world beyond. JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism. JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and United Nations NGO, which continuously earns top ratings from charity overseers. For more information on JNF, call 888-JNF-0099 or visit www.jnf.org.

On Election Day: Think Timeshare for Cars

On Election Day: Think Timeshare for Cars

Timeshare for cars
Timeshare for cars

Zipcar is offering 50 percent off its regular fee if you rent a Zipcar today to go and cast your ballot to vote. What is Zipcar? Very simply, it’s timeshare for cars.

Described as “car sharing,” Zipcar is a Massachusetts based company that allows its members to scan their membership cards on a card reader that works through the windshield of the Zipcar. Scanning, opens the doors and logs the transaction. Members are then free to use the car as they choose, returning it afterwards to same parking spot where they picked it up. And today, in an Election Day special, Zipcar is offering any member who makes an hourly reservation in any U.S. Zipcar city, (between 5am and 9pm local time) a 50 percent discounted rate. No coupon is required and you don’t have to prove that you voted—it’s an honor system.

You can find out more about this discount savings at this link for Zip-to-the-Polls.

The Timeshare Authority is not affiliated in any way with Zipcar, but we do hope you vote today, November 6, 2012, and we are always keen on the idea of timeshare, whether it is timesharing the car you drive or timeshare vacation accommodations. Timeshare is a smart way to enjoy more while spending less. 

UCF Introducing Students to Hospitality and Tourism Careers

UCF Introducing Students to Hospitality and Tourism Careers

Rosen College of Hospitality ManagementThe Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida will be introducing the possibilities of  timeshare, hospitality industry, or tourism  careers to a group of Orlando-area high school students. Read more here in this update from the University of Central Florida on this introduction to tourism careers.

UCF Rosen College invites High Schools to the “Hollywood of Hospitality”

The Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida will host approximately 250 high school students on its campus to introduce them to education and possible careers in the hospitality and tourism industry. The event will take place 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the UCF Rosen College campus on Friday, November 16, 2012.

The college has again teamed up with the Central Florida National Academy Foundation to host the fifth annual High School Conference and Tradeshow for students from five local high schools in Orange and Brevard counties. Students from Merritt Island High School, Rockledge High School, Colonial High School, Oak Ridge High School, and Freedom High School are invited to attend. Each of the invited schools has academic programs geared toward hospitality and tourism.

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is an acclaimed national network of high school career academies predominantly based in urban districts-schools within schools-with rigorous, career-themed curricula created with current industry and educational expertise. Each year, NAF serves more than 50,000 students in 40 states and the District of Columbia through the Academy of Finance, the Academy of Engineering, the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, and the Academy of Information Technology.

This year’s theme, “The Hollywood of Hospitality,” will showcase the glitz and glamour of the hospitality industry’s biggest market, Orlando, FL, with guest speakers, a tradeshow with representatives from local colleges and universities, theme parks, hotels, and restaurants, a glimpse into the life of a UCF Rosen College student, including a tour of the on-campus housing, and a complimentary lunch. Representatives from local successful hospitality companies and organizations will share industry information and address questions from the high school students.

UCF Rosen College Event Management majors are planning and executing the event.

ABC and Disney to Launch Day of Giving for Hurricane Sandy Relief

ABC and Disney to Launch Day of Giving for Hurricane Sandy Relief

ABC and its parent company Disney will launch a Day of Giving on Monday, November, 5 2012. to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Across all its ABC channels, the network will run public service announcements to encourage viewers to offer their support to victims of the hurricane and its relief efforts.

The Disney company has kicked off the campaign with a $2 million donation to start the fund raising.

“The response to Monday’s a Day of Giving’ has been nothing short of amazing,” says Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television Group. “We are going to do everything possible to encourage our viewers and customers to help those who are dealing with Sandy’s devastation.”

The Disney company’s holdings and ownership include multiple film and theater brands including Hollywood Pictures, Miramax Films, Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and Pixar Animation Studios, as some of the best-known names. Also included as part of the Disney Company are all of its theme parks, resorts, and Disney Vacation Club timeshares and vacation ownership. Disney owns multiple Disney music labels, radio stations, and television stations, including ABC Television Network (ABC Daytime, ABC Entertainment, and ABC News), ABC Family, ABC Studios, ESPN (and the ESPN network brands), and large percentages of ownership in other networks including A&E Television Networks, The Biography Channel and History (formerly The History Channel). In publishing, Disney owns Hyperion Books, ESPN The Magazine, and approximately a dozen other publishing entities, as well as multiple toy, apparel, and consumer goods brands and labels.

 

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