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Benchmark Hospitality's Cheyenne Mountain Resort Honored as Best
"Good Neighbor" In Colorado by National Restaurant Association
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Receives 'Restaurant Neighbor Award' for the State

 
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, September 2007 - Benchmark Hospitality International has announced that Cheyenne Mountain Resort has been honored by the National Restaurant Association with the 2007 "Restaurant Neighbor Award" for the State of Colorado.
 
Through the annual Restaurant Neighbor Awards, the Washington, DC-based National Restaurant Association recognizes restaurants and properties with restaurants that have gone above and beyond in giving back to their local area through an outstanding community service program.
 
"It is extremely gratifying to be honored for the community service programs that are so important to Cheyenne Mountain Resort," said Benchmark's vice president and general manager Laura Neumann.  "They have been shaped by Benchmark Hospitality International's forward-thinking concept of 'Hometown Hospitality - Caring for Our Communities' that the company introduced system-wide in 2004."
 
One of the social service organizations that Cheyenne Mountain Resort is committed to in their Caring for our Community outreach is Catholic Charities' local soup kitchen -- the Marian House.  The program serves nearly 500 people each day and in doing so, depends on the good will of many.  Twenty-five volunteers of all denominations join in daily to prepare and serve donated food in order to provide nutritious meals to families with children, single men and women, the elderly and a growing number of teens.  Several times during the year, Cheyenne Mountain Resort employees contribute time and volunteer in the kitchen at Marian House, with the property contributing food and personal care items.
 
Cheyenne Mountain Resort will now compete with the 49 other state winners in the national competition.  Four national winners will be announced in September in the following categories:  small business, mid-size business, large business or national chain, and Cornerstone Humanitarian.  The winners will receive $5,000 each to support their favorite charity or project.
 
Cheyenne Mountain Resort offers two restaurants:  the Mountain View Restaurant offering superb buffets served daily and an award-winning Sunday Brunch, and the Pineview Restaurant situated on the edge of the golf course and featuring grilled steaks and seafood complemented by an international wine list.  The resort also offers the Will Rogers Lounge overlooking the majestic Rocky Mountains.
Laura Neumann, vice president and general manager of Cheyenne Mountain Resort and the Colorado Springs Brownie Troop 97 leader, is joined in resort's kitchen by her troop to bake and hand decorate 30 dozen cookies for the children of Marian House.  

About Hometown Hospitality - Caring for Our Communities
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 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. 
 
About Cheyenne Mountain Resort
Set on 217 lush acres, Cheyenne Mountain Resort captures the rugged charm of the Rockies with design elements of native moss rock, massive beams, rough-sawn siding and cedar shakes. The resort features 316 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, each with a private balcony with mountain and golf course views; 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space; a championship Pete Dye-designed golf course; five swimming pools; 18 tennis courts, squash and racquetball courts as well as a pro shop; Health & Fitness Center; Aquatics Center, and a 35-acre recreation lake where guests enjoy sailboards, canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, volleyball on a sand beach, and catch-and-release fly fishing (the lake is stocked with big German Browns and rainbow trout). For more information contact 719-538-4000 or toll-free 800-428-8886 or visit www.cheyennemountain.com. Benchmark Hospitality International operates Cheyenne Mountain Resort.
 
About Benchmark Hospitality International
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

Ed Placidi/Marian Gerlich
P&G Communications
818-786-8687
pgworld@aol.com

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Also See: Laura Neumann to Manage Benchmark's Cheyenne Mountain Resort / March 2004
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