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  Marriott International Honors Waterford Hotel Group with
"Spirit to Serve Award for Community Service"

Waterford, CT (May 21, 2009) --- Waterford Hotel Group was presented with Marriott International's "Spirit to Serve Award for Community Service” at the recent 2009 CFRST (select-service and extended-stay) Owners Conference held in Orlando, Florida.  The award recognizes the company that best demonstrates and supports its and Marriott's values of community service through employee volunteerism, in-kind donations and overall "Spirit to Serve".  
“The Spirit to Serve Award for Community Service" is presented to companies whose programs reflect a strategic approach to corporate citizenship, something that our customers, guests, investors and business partners expect from the companies with whom they do business,” stated Arne Sorenson, President and COO of Marriott International.  “Waterford’s philosophy on community service is closely aligned with that of Marriott International,” added Sorenson.

Arne Sorenson, President and COO, Marriott International; Rob Winchester, President and COO, Waterford HotelGroup; Len Wolman, Chairman and CEO, Waterford Group; Mark Wolman, Principal and Director, Waterford Group; Glenn Jette, Hotel Owner; Bill Marriott, Chairman and CEO, Marriott International at Awards Gala on May 4, 2009

Since 2006, Waterford associates have donated more than $270,000 and in-kind donations to non-profit organizations through the Waterford Group Charitable Foundation.  The Foundation is funded in large part through voluntary contributions and fundraising held by the associates of Waterford Group, Waterford Hotel Group and its 25 managed hotels.  “This award would not be possible if not for the generosity of all of our associates and the ongoing activities of the Waterford Group Charitable Foundation,” commented Len Wolman, Chairman and CEO of Waterford Group.  “The commitment of our associates to serve the communities in which we live and work is truly commendable.  My partners and I are particularly proud to accept this award on behalf of all of our associates,” added Wolman.   
About Marriott International
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,200 lodging properties in 66 countries and territories.  The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, and had approximately 146,000 employees at 2008 year-end.  It is recognized by BusinessWeek as one of the 100 best global brands, by FORTUNE® as one of the best companies to work for, and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Partner of the Year since 2004.  For more information, visit
About Waterford Hotel Group, Inc.
Waterford Hotel Group, Inc., with headquarters in Waterford, CT, manages 25 properties nationwide, 15 of which are Marriott branded hotels.  Waterford Hotel Group has experience operating virtually every type of hotel property, including limited services properties, all-suite hotels, conference centers, and large full service and resort properties. For more information, visit
About Waterford Group Charitable Foundation
The Waterford Group Charitable Foundation is a private foundation that seeks to support the communities in which associates of Waterford Group and affiliates live and work. The Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life of others through monetary and gift-in-kind donations, as well as volunteering at various events. Donations are provided to not-for-profit organizations that support health and well-being, youths, arts and cultural activities, and other various community initiatives.

Lisa Beers
  Waterford Group, LLC
  Phone: (860) 701-9621


Also See: Waterford Hotel Group Appoints Michael Heaton and Farouk Rajab as Regional Hotel Directors / January 2009

Waterford Hotel Group Associates Honored by Connecticut Lodging Association; General Manager Chuck Moran Named as President of Association / October 2008


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