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A Chance for You to Respond: Katrina Employee Relief
Fund Set up by Highpointe Hotel Corporation
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Gulf Breeze, FL -- September 12, 2005 – Highpointe Hotel Corporation, a Gulf Breeze, Florida-based company that operates five Hampton Inn and Hampton Inn and Suites properties in New Orleans, announced today it has created the “Hampton Inns of New Orleans Employee Relief Fund.”  The fund, established through Whitney Bank in Pensacola, Florida, will accept donations for hotel employees and their families who were affected by Hurricane Katrina, and assist them by providing resources for food and shelter until area properties are able to reopen.

The Relief Fund carries a 501 C3 designation and assures 100 percent of donations will go directly to affected employees.  Highpointe company executives request that if you are able to contribute yourself, or know of anyone who would like to help the victims of Katrina, please send cash or checks payable to “Hampton Inns of New Orleans Employee Relief Fund” to: Whitney Bank, 101 West Garden Street, Pensacola, FL, 32502, “Attention: Hampton Inns of New Orleans Relief Fund.  Monies may also be sent to any Whitney Bank branch. 

Darryl Lapointe, President of Highpointe, said, “Hurricane Katrina had a devastating impact on our 300 employees and their families in New Orleans.  It is our hope that this fund will help them by meeting their immediate needs for food, shelter and the money to begin rebuilding their disrupted lives.”  Lapointe explained that Highpointe has been inundated with calls with requests for help from staff whose families are living in cars, overcrowded shelters and in dangerously flooded houses.  “These people have been deprived of even the most basic requirements of food, water and clothing.  Until our staff’s homes are safe and livable and our hotels reopen, these people will continue to be in dire need of our support.”

The management and staff of Highpointe Hotels Corporation sends its heartfelt gratitude to anyone who is able to help the people so affected by this disaster.  Any and all assistance is greatly appreciated.
 

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can donations be made to the Fund?

Contributions to the Hampton Inns of New Orleans Employee Relief Fund may be made in two ways:

  1. by making a check payable to the “Hampton Inns of New Orleans Employee Relief Fund;”
  2. by making a cash contribution.
Receipts: The IRS requires us to issue a receipt for any single donation of $250 or more. If your single donation is for $250 or more, then you will be mailed a receipt before year end. Please make sure to include your current mailing address when you make your donation.  Thank you.

Will my contributions to the Fund be tax deductible?

Contributions to the Fund are tax deductible as charitable contributions to the extent permitted by state and federal laws.  Please check with your tax advisor if you have any questions.

“Hampton Inns of New Orleans Employee Relief Fund” (the "Fund") is a Florida nonprofit public benefit corporation organized to collect funds to distribute to Highpointe Hotel Corporation employees affected by Hurricane Katrina.  The address of record of the Fund is Whitney Bank, 101 West Garden Street, Pensacola, FL, 32502.  The Fund is tax exempt under federal and Florida tax laws.  All contributions will benefit the Fund and contributions are tax deductible as charitable contributions to the extent permitted by state and federal tax laws.

About Highpointe Hotels
Highpointe Hotel Corporation is a full-service hotel management and development company whose core management team has been in place since the firm's beginning in 1982. Based in Gulf Breeze, Florida, the company operates 13 hotels and has two other properties currently under construction. Highpointe's Hilton and Marriott flags include Hampton Inn, Residence Inn, Homewood Suites, and SpringHill Suites.

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Contact:

Christy Klemm
Highpointe Hotels Corporation
Christyk@highpointe.com
(850) 932-9314
311 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, Florida
www.highpointe.com
 

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Julie Keyser-Squires
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Julie@softscribeinc.com
(404)256-5512
http://www.softscribeinc.com

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