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Hilton Worldwide Team Members Unite to Celebrate Day 4 of Global Week of Service

Team Members Beautify their Communities and Help Educate Youth on Diverse Cultures

October 09, 2013  |  This information originated in American English.
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MCLEAN, Va. - Day four of Hilton Worldwide Global Week of Service included more than 200 volunteer projects around the world including revamping and improving shelters and schools; providing youth with lessons on countries and cultures; and mentoring aspiring hospitality talent. Team Members across 90 countries and territories are uniting to extend their spirit of hospitality and improve the communities in which they live and work as part of the company's efforts to Travel with PurposeTM. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com/servefor more information about the service projects and follow @HiltonWorldwide on Twitter for the latest information and updates throughout the week.

Frankfurt, Germany:  Hilton Worldwide Team Members from five area hotels and the company's Frankfurt Area Office, participated in the second of a three-day volunteer project at Günderrode primary school. The 120 volunteers, led by Jochem Jan Sleiffer, area vice president, Northern & Central Europe, completed a variety of revitalization tasks including painting classrooms and providing students with educational activities such as first aid training, reading lessons and trips to local museums.  A highlight of the day was creating a library for the school's 280 students.

Boston, Massachusetts: More than 60 Team Members from the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand and area hotels gathered at Hilton Boston Logan Airport to host 40 hospitality students from Fisher College. Together they mentored students - providing practical knowledge and insights into the hospitality industry. Sessions were followed by a reception showcasing industry best practices and recent trends in food and beverage. Hosts for the afternoon included Rob Palleschi, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Mark Fallon, general manager, Hilton Boston Logan Airport and Chris Rule, director of human resources, Hilton Boston Logan Airport. They were joined by Janet Kuser, vice president for academic affairs, Fisher College.

Chicago, Illinois: More than 70 Hilton Worldwide volunteers were celebrating cultures when they hosted a World's Fair at Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy.  Learning stations with interactive games, activities and crafts designed to teach students about various countries and cultures were a highlight of the day. More than half the school, approximately 570 students, participated in the World's Fair event.  Expanding the learning potential for the students, volunteers also constructed a raised garden bed for students to grow fruits and vegetables and built a set of bleachers that will serve as an outdoor classroom.

Memphis, Tennessee: Hilton Worldwide's Memphis campus has a long standing relationship with Door of Hope, a local facility that houses chronically homeless men and women.  In need of significant updating and repairs, volunteers set out to extend their hospitality to a part of their community in need. More than 130 Team Members spent the day renovating 15 rooms, including a recreation center and kitchen, living and dining areas and an outdoor patio. Rooms were refreshed and furnished with updated pieces in an effort to truly spread the light and warmth of hospitality.

Miami, Florida: More than 30 Hilton Worldwide Miami Regional Office Team Members helped transform a warehouse space for approximately 100 Life of Freedom Center residents. The three-day long "extreme- makeover," which benefits the female survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, included painting and creating distinct functional areas for relaxation, learning, dining and entertainment. The Miami team also made a significant donation of items the facility needs to provide the care and education that support the survivors the Center serves.

About Travel with PurposeTM
Travel with PurposeTM is Hilton Worldwide's corporate responsibility commitment to providing shared value to its business and communities in four areas - creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential; strengthening communities where Hilton Worldwide operates; celebrating cultures and the power of travel; and living sustainably through the measurement, analysis and improvement of the company's use of natural resources. 

Contact:
Sarah Lipman
Hilton Worldwide
(703) 883-5315
sarah.lipman@hilton.com

About Hilton Worldwide Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 94 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of ten world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,000 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 678,000 rooms in 91 countries and territories, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®.