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Benchmark Hospitality Home Office Contributes Military Care Packages
to Armed Forces Personnel in Afghanistan

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, January 2011 ... Burt Cabañas, founder, chairman and CEO of Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading US-based hospitality management company, has a special place in his heart for military personnel, veterans and their families.  In 2007, he spearheaded the establishment of Texas’ only Marines Medal of Honor Memorial
This holiday season, his team at the Home Office of Benchmark Hospitality decided to do something special for military servicemen and women currently serving in Afghanistan, sending a bit of America to those who couldn't come home.  Benchmark prepared and sent care packages to Afghanistan, including books, magazines, special holiday goodies, and letters of appreciation from each member of the Home Office team to the men and women of the military thanking them for their service, as well as general items of use for military personnel.
“We wanted to do something for our service people who couldn’t come home for the season,” said Greg Champion, Benchmark Hospitality’s chief operating officer.  “So we sent them gift boxes including items from home in the US.  It was a great feeling to do this for our servicemen and women.  The letter of appreciation we received back from the commanding officer was extremely gratifying.”

L to R: Melanie Perdue, Shannon Wilson, Greg Champion, Sharon Stover,
Ali Hardigree, Alex White, Jessica Alton, Margaret Riginio, Jackie Allee
prepare military care packages for service personnel stationed in Afghanistan.

About Hometown Hospitality:  The “Hometown Hospitality Caring For Our Communities” program of Benchmark Hospitality advances the philanthropic endeavors of the leading hotel management company through employee volunteer programs, in-kind donations and community outreach activities.
About BenchmarkBenchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™.  The independent company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  Benchmark Hospitality is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations.  Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston.  The company’s northeast regional office is in New Jersey, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark’s properties and additional information, visit                

Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications 
201-758-2864 / 201-758-2865-Fax

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