ATLANTA—Davidson Hotels & Resorts, one of the nation’s leading hospitality management companies, celebrated National Ice Cream Month in honor of the forthcoming opening of Henri’s Starlite Scoops, the new iconic ice cream shop at its preferred charity partner Give Kids The World Village, an 84-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with critical illnesses and their families. To support the Village in building the shop, which honors its founder Henri Landwirth, Davidson pledged to raise an additional $200,000 in 2019 and 2020 to go directly to Henri’s Starlite Scoop. Within the last year, Davidson has collectively raised a total of $386,245 and over the last 20 years, the company has donated more than $3.2 million to Give Kids The World overall.
“As exemplified in our culture every day, we strive to be the difference, operate with integrity and serve others with love,” said Davidson Hotels & Resorts CEO John Belden. “We believe that our core values not only drive the way we serve our customers, but also each other and our communities. Davidson has joyfully pledged our love and commitment to the Give Kids the World Village for the last 30 years; so much so that GKTW is an authentic and vibrant part of our culture. I’m so proud of the love, faith, compassion and hope that goes into every fundraising project. We truly have the best team in the industry!”
Examples of Donation Efforts
The fundraising efforts at Davidson Hotels & Resorts continued throughout July in celebration of National Ice Cream Month, including:
- $1 from every cone, cup or palleta at Uncle Andy’s Ice Cream Parlor at The Don CeSar in St. Pete Beach, Fla. was donated.
- At Baker’s Cay Resort in Key Largo, Fla., all proceeds from gelato sales were donated.
- Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center in Atlanta, Ga. donated 25 percent of all poolside ice cream and milkshake sales during the month.
- Cape Rey Carlsbad, A Hilton Resort in Carlsbad, Calif. worked with a local vendor to develop pints of ice cream packaged with special toppings in a to-go box. Ten percent of all sales were donated.
- Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich. donated 10 percent of all Mackinac Island Fudge flavor ice cream sales from the month of July.
- Hilton Denver Inverness in Englewood, Colo. created housemade strawberry, peanut butter and banana flavored ice cream sandwiches. Ten percent of all sales were donated.
- Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach in Carlsbad, Calif. offered Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches or Build Your Own Warm Brownie Ice Cream Sundaes. Ten percent of all sales were donated.
- Hyatt Regency Cambridge in Cambridge, Mass. hosted weekend streetside BBQs during the month of July, selling ice cream as part of its picnic to-go offering. All ice cream proceeds from sales were donated.
- Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort in Hollywood, Fla. created a key lime pie ice cream sandwich special available at LandShark Bar & Grill and 10 percent of sales were donated in July.
- Marriott Little Rock in Little Rock, Ark. produced and sold pints of housemade cherry ice cream, all proceeds during July were donated.
- Paradise Point Resort and Spa in San Diego offered a special Warm Banana Split at Barefoot Bar and Grill, comprised of tempura bananas, vanilla ice cream, caramelized pecans, toasted coconut, strawberries, whipped cream, chocolate, and caramel sauce. Ten percent of its sales from the month of July were donated.
- Sheraton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, Conn. matched donations from both guests and team members if they showed a receipt up to $15 from local ice cream shops.
- Thompson Chicago in Chicago donated 10 percent of sales from the Affogato ice cream on its menu.
- Hilton Garden Inn Arlington Courthouse Plaza in Arlington, Va., Hyatt Regency Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio and Marriott Overland City Kansas City in Kanas City, Kan. donated up to 10 percent of sundry shop ice cream sales.
Give Kids The World Village is one of the highest-ranked charities in the nation. Since 1986, more than 170,000 children and families from all 50 states and over 80 countries around the world have had their dreams fulfilled in a whimsical Village unlike any other place on earth.