Hyatt Regency Atlanta Awards Community Grant to Operation P.E.A.C.E.

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    operation PEACE checkAtlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall joined Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Monday to announce a grant awarded to Operation P.E.A.C.E. (“Positive Education Always Creates Elevation”), a nonprofit that provides after school and summer programs to youth in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward community.

    The $12,000 grant is one of 26 grants awarded to non-profits nominated by Hyatt hotels in communities around the world as part of Hyatt Community Grants, a philanthropic program that

    empowers Hyatt associates to select local nonprofit recipients for charitable donations.

    “This is a great start to the holiday season for a nonprofit that has believed in the families of Boulevard since 1995,” said Hall. Hall launched the Year of Boulevard initiative in 2012 to improve public safety and quality of life along District 2’s Boulevard corridor, which has the highest concentration of poverty in the southeastern United States. “The hospitality of Hyatt Regency Atlanta is legendary. This grant is the next step in a terrific relationship that we intend to grow in the years to come.”

    Hyatt Regency Atlanta General Manager Peter McMahon presented the check to Operation P.E.A.C.E. staff and youth at Operation P.E.A.C.E. headquarters, 542 Boulevard N.E. In addition to the check, Hyatt Regency staff donated 25 ready-to-decorate gingerbread houses fresh from the hotel’s bakery.

    “Through the Hyatt Community Grants program, we are able to recognize local nonprofits like Operation P.E.A.C.E. that are committed to addressing the greatest needs in our community,”

    said Peter McMahon, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Atlanta. “We have been working with Operation P.E.A.C.E. for much of this year, and we know this gift will help them continue the

    important work they do in our neighborhood every day.”

    “We’re delighted to accept this grant from Hyatt Regency Atlanta, which will help us make an even greater impact on our community,” said Catherine Foster-Rowell, executive director of

    Operation P.E.A.C.E. “We’re glad to partner with Hyatt Regency Atlanta to continue our important mission.”

    This week’s announcement is a further step in the relationship between Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Operation P.E.A.C.E., and the Year of Boulevard that began in July 2013, when the hotel hosted a Career Day for Operation P.E.A.C.E. teens as part of their summer camp experience. Since then, hotel staff have gotten to know the teens and their families through Thanksgiving meal preparations, an arts and crafts day, and other activities.

    Hyatt Community Grants, a key component of Hyatt Thrive – Hyatt’s global corporate responsibility platform – encourage hotels worldwide to identify and nominate local nonprofits for

    funding consideration. In 2013, Hyatt Regency Atlanta will be among 26 Hyatt properties from around the world awarding more than $340,000 in grants to nonprofits in local communities.

    Since the program’s inception in 2008, Hyatt hotels have awarded nearly $1.7 million to nonprofit organizations in 103 communities and 34 countries around the world.

    For more information about Hyatt Community Grants, please visit www.hyattthrive/philanthropy.com.

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