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Edith Macy Conference Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary; 
Honors Employees Who Provided a Quarter Century of Service
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Briarcliff Manor, New York, July 31, 2006 - Edith Macy Conference Center recently marked a quarter century of service to New York-area corporations and community groups with an anniversary celebration.  Approximately 100 people attended the commemoration and shared memories of their experiences at the property over the past 25 years.  Additionally, three employees of the conference center, who have served the entire 25 year-period, were acknowledged for their quarter century of service.  These included:  Peter Stafford, director of operations; William Kowack, director of national properties; William Perez, housekeeping supervisor.
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L to R: Peter Stafford, William Kowack, William Perez.
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"The dedication of the new Edith Macy Conference Center in early 1980s represented a fresh, modern commitment to training and education by Girl Scouts of the USA," stated David Vogt, general manager of Edith Macy.  "Since the 1920's, the 400-plus-acre property has been used by GSUSA to support their mission by training council members and executives from around the nation.  Corporations and associations now enjoy the superb secluded setting, which was so visionary 25 years ago and works so well for meetings of many different types."

Since its dedication, Edith Macy Conference Center has provided corporate executives with a year-round hilltop oasis to support high-quality training, meetings and educational endeavors.  This unique environment continues to thrive as a modern corporate retreat as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.  The property, which is owned by Girl Scouts USA, was named for Edith Carpenter Macy, who was the chairwoman of the Girl Scout National Board of Directors from 1919 to 1925.  Mrs. Macy's husband, Everit Macy, donated land for the conference center as a living memorial to his wife.  
 
Located in Briarcliff Manor, New York, just 45 minutes from Manhattan, Edith Macy Conference Center is situated among 405 wooded acres on a mountainside overlooking the heart of Westchester County. This secluded setting boasts 14,000 square feet of flexible business meeting space in four separate conference facilities and meeting rooms, including the Edith Macy Conference Center and the John J. Creedon Education Center. For small, private gatherings to large conferences of up to 200, Edith Macy Conference Center provides a smoke-free, natural, quiet setting for successful meetings and corporate retreats.  Additional information about Edith Macy Conference Center can be found at www.edithmacy.com.  Benchmark Hospitality International operates Edith Macy Conference Center.
 
Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent organization for and leading authority on girls with 3.7 million girl and adult members. Now in its 94th year, Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization strives to serve girls from every corner of the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. For more information on how to join, volunteer, or donate to the Girl Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U [(800) 478-7248] or visit www.girlscouts.org
 
Benchmark Hospitality International, an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, operates resorts, conference centers, hotels and condominium resorts both domestically and internationally.  For locations of Benchmark Hospitality properties and for additional information, visit Benchmark's Website at www.benchmarkhospitality.com.  

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Contact:

Benchmark Hospitality International
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas
www.benchmarkhospitality.com 

Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications 
201-758-2864 / 201-758-2865-Fax
KenEllens@aol.com
 

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Also See: Benchmark Appoints Paul Gibson as Director of Food & Beverage at Edith Macy Conference Center, Briarcliff Manor, New York / September 2005
Benchmark Hospitality Assumes Management of Landmark Glen Cove Mansion & Conference Center in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York / January 2006

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