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Over 150 Benchmark Hospitality Executives Clean Up
Public Park in Virginia
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Part of Hometown Hospitality - Caring For Communities Initiative


The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, June 2007 - Over 150 executives from 20 Benchmark Hospitality International properties volunteered time and muscle on a cool morning recently, to clean up Claude Moore Park, a public park in Sterling, Virginia.  The executives were attending a national sales meeting at the company's east coast flagship, Lansdowne Resort, located near Leesburg, Virginia.  The clean-up was part of Benchmark's Hometown Hospitality - Caring For Our Communities initiative.

"Benchmark believes that our properties, our people and our vision can make a difference in the lives of many around the globe," stated Sam Haigh, president and participant in the clean up project.  "When presented with the park's needs, we were thrilled to be able to respond."

"We were so appreciative of the Benchmark Hospitality team for their assistance with this clean-up," said Mary Breed, park manager at Claude Moore. "We were able to tackle projects in a few hours that normally would have taken us months and significant expense to complete.  It was a great day for the park and the community."
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The project involved removing large quantities of rocks and soil to patch holes and re-establish dams on scenic ponds that had been damaged over time by beavers.  Additionally, the team cleared several hundred square feet of brush and rebuilt safety signs around two large scenic ponds and fishing areas.  The group also mulched the landscaping and stabilized several dozen newly planted trees with rope supports to keep the trees standing straight while establishing root systems.

The "Hometown Hospitality - Caring For Our Communities" program of Benchmark Hospitality International advances the philanthropic endeavors of the leading hospitality management company through employee volunteer programs, in-kind donations and community outreach activities.  Benchmark believes that responsible corporate citizenship recognizes the inalienable link between a healthy and vibrant community and the health and well being of a company and its employees. Hometown Hospitality - Caring for Our Communities encourages and enables Benchmark employees globally to seek leading roles in the communities in which they live and work and the world community as well by supporting social, educational, and cultural programs, either through property-developed initiatives or through partnering with existing services. 

Lansdowne Resort (www.lansdowneresort.com) is the capital region's premier, full-service resort.  Managed by Benchmark Hospitality International, the resort is situated on 500 + acres of secluded countryside along the Potomac River near Leesburg, Virginia.  Lansdowne features 305 freshly renovated luxury guestrooms and suites, the luxurious Spa Minérale, 36 holes of championship golf, including the new Greg Norman Course, a new 45,000 square foot clubhouse, and six dining outlets.  In May, Lansdowne unveiled "Shark Bite," a 9-hole Greg Norman-designed short course, bringing The Golf Club at Lansdowne to 45 holes. 

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:

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

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Also See: Benchmarks's Hometown Hospitality Community Outreach Initiative Put In Action on Historic Sheffield Island in Long Island Sound / August 2006
111 Benchmark Hospitality Executives Converge on Norfolk, Virginia Landmark To Expedite Major Wetlands Restoration Project / June 2006
Benchmark's Glen Cove Mansion Salutes the Community, Launches Operation Clean Up! / May 2006
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