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Seattle Hotelier John Oppenheimer Honored
by the Seattle Hotel Association
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SEATTLE – Feb. 13, 2006 – John and Deanna Oppenheimer were honored by the Seattle Hotel Association (SHA) Saturday, February 11, at the “Evening of Hope” Gala Dinner & Auction at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle.
 
Association officials say the event raised more than $700,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the beneficiary of this year’s gala.
 
SHA – comprised of 48 hotels in Seattle – honored the Oppenheimers for their support of the group and its various community causes, including the Komen foundation. 
 
SHA supports every charitable request it receives. Its biggest fundraising event is the “Evening of Hope” Gala Dinner & Auction, which has raised more than $2 million for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Northwest AIDS Foundation over the last eight years.
“These two individuals have the influence in our Seattle community to bring to our beneficiaries both financial and heartfelt support. John and Deanna do this as a part of who they are. They are built from good stock with morals in line with our community’s well being,” said SHA President Karl Kruger, managing director of The Edgewater.

During the gala the Oppenheimers received four cobalt blue goblets specially crafted for them by Seattle-area glass artist James Mongrain.
 
“It’s an incredible honor to be associated with the Seattle Hotel Association and the great work it does to benefit so many worthy causes, such as the Komen foundation,” said John Oppenheimer, CEO and president of Columbia Hospitality, and managing partner of The Seattle Group LLC, which is leading the team that is bringing the Four Seasons back to Seattle.
 
“I can say the hospitality industry in Seattle has never been stronger and more dynamic,” Oppenheimer says. “While working together to transform Seattle into a world-class, 24/7 city, we are also teaming up for such worthy causes as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.”
 
Deanna Oppenheimer is CEO of UK Retail Banking at Barclays, one of the top 20 banks in the world. She is the first woman to hold the post. Previously, she held several key management positions at Washington Mutual, where she was instrumental in growing the company into the nation’s seventh largest financial institution.
 
About the Seattle Hotel Association
The Seattle Hotel Association is comprised of 48 hotels in Seattle. It supports every charitable request it receives. Its biggest fundraising event is the Evening of Hope Gala Dinner & Auction, which has raised more than $2 million for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Northwest AIDS Foundation.
 
About Columbia Hospitality
Columbia Hospitality Inc. (CHI), a leading hospitality management and consulting firm, was founded in 1995 by John Oppenheimer.  Columbia Hospitality creates incredible experiences for guests and employees while achieving phenomenal results for its property owners.  The company manages a portfolio of distinctive properties that includes the following conference centers and event venues: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, World Trade Center Seattle, Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center, Harbor Steps Conference Center, Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside, Talaris Conference Center, Pier 30 Event Center and Washington Mutual Leadership Center at Cedarbrook. The portfolio also includes the following unique inns and resorts: The Inn at Langley, Friday Harbor House and Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes. The company also supports an active consulting division, which has worked on more than 40 hospitality development projects in five Western U.S. states and Canada.  The company was named to the Puget Sound Business Journal’s list of the “Fastest Growing Private Companies in Washington State” three times in the past five years. 

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Contact:

Roger Nyhus
(206) 323-3733
www.columbiahospitality.com

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Also See: Four Seasons to Return to Seattle Market: Local Investors to Develop Luxury Four Seasons Hotel and Condos / October 2004

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