MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As a part of its recent Global Week of Service, Hilton’s (NYSE:HLT) focused service brands (Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton and Tru by Hilton) collaborated with Enchanted Makeovers to help kids feel like superheroes by donating custom-made capes to the “Capes for Kids” program as well as other children in need. The cape symbolizes a suit of armor that inspires play and fills children with strength, imagination and hope.
On Oct. 20, the Memphis-based corporate team kicked off service efforts with a cape making event at the Hilton offices. Team Members became “everyday heroes” as they created capes designed to inspire children living in less than ideal situations. Nearly 3,000 hotels across the world have participated in the program, resulting in a donation of more than 10,000 capes.
The cape-making process offered a fun, physical activity Team Members could enjoy together for a good cause using materials already present at hotels: from sheets to pillow cases and towels. All Hampton by Hilton decorated capes will be sent to the Enchanted Makeovers corporate distribution center in Michigan, for donation to children at homeless shelters across the U.S. Hilton Garden Inn hotels will send their capes to either Enchanted Makeovers or donate to a local charity, while Tru by Hilton’s capes will be sent to the Boys & Girls Club of America’s local chapters.
“Hilton is passionate about making a difference in the communities we serve and spreading the warmth of true hospitality,” said Bill Duncan, senior vice president, Focused Service Brands and All Suites Brands, Hilton. “In building a culture of giving back, we strive to develop relationships with organizations that share our vision, like Enchanted Makeovers. Helping kids overcome obstacles and build confidence reinforces our mission.”
According to Entrepreneur®, Hampton by Hilton is the number one ranked franchise and has been for the past eight years, serving value-conscious and quality-driven travelers with more than 2,300 properties globally. The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn hotel brand provides business and leisure guests with upscale yet affordable accommodations and modern amenities at its more than 750 properties. Tru by Hilton is a game-changing midscale hotel brand providing a simplified and spirited approach that is grounded in value for business and leisure travelers.
In addition to the Capes for Kids program, Hilton leads many other social responsibility initiatives. For more information about Hilton’s Travel with Purpose corporate responsibility strategy, visit cr.hiltonworldwide.com
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,100 properties with nearly 838,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
About Enchanted Makeovers
Ten years ago, when Terry Grahl received a call from a shelter to paint a wall, Enchanted Makeovers’ mission was born. Terry was an award-winning decorator with her own business just outside of Detroit. The event coordinator of the shelter asked that she please visit to paint even one wall to improve the deteriorated physical space. Terry made that visit and it ultimately changed her life and the lives of thousands of women and children. She immediately saw that the issues went well beyond paint and bedspreads. She saw what was really lacking was the message that everyone is worthy of hope, dignity and respect. She knew there was so much more that needed to be done to ensure better outcomes for women and children re-building their lives in shelters. Terry was so moved that she ultimately changed course in her own life. She closed her business and founded “Enchanted Makeovers”, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to transform long-term stay homeless shelters for women and children into places that inspire behavioral and psychological change. Through unique projects and programs, a place is created that is supportive, inspirational and empowering for the most vulnerable members of our society while re-building their lives. Visit www.enchantedmakeovers.org for more information.