Clays for Kids Raises $50,000 for Johns Hopkins
ORLANDO, Fla. – January 24, 2019 – Recently, more than 200 participants, volunteers and vendors converged at FishHawk Sporting Clays in Lithia, Fla., for the 7th annual Clays for Kids tournament. This yearly sporting clay competition, organized by associates from Marriott Vacations Worldwide’s Lakeland office, raises awareness and funds for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. Through the associates’ impressive efforts, more than $50,000 was raised to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, which provides expert pediatric care for infants, children and teens with some of the most challenging medical problems.
“I could not be prouder of our Lakeland-based associates and the difference they are making in their community by organizing a fun and engaging event that raises money for such a worthy cause,” said Dwight Smith, executive vice president and chief information officer. “Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide much-needed services to sick and injured children throughout the U.S. and Canada, and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital delivers life-saving and healthcare services in our local area.”
Since its inaugural event in 2012, Clays for Kids has raised more than $220,000 for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
“We are grateful for the long-standing support of Marriott Vacations Worldwide, including the Clays for Kids tournament,” said Ashley Perry, Corporate Engagement Gift Officer, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation. “The Lakeland office associates have done an amazing job with the tournament and continue their hard work year after year. Donations raised from this event benefit the greatest need at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, going straight to work to help some of the sickest children in our region as well as support areas including research, education, programs and equipment.”
Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network has raised funds and awareness for member hospitals with the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. In addition to the organization’s 35th anniversary, last year also marked 35 years of partnership between Marriott Vacations Worldwide and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (which began under Marriott International).
About Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation
Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation is a leading global vacation company that offers vacation ownership, exchange, rental and resort and property management, along with related businesses, products and services. The company has more than 100 resorts and nearly 650,000 Owners and Members in a diverse portfolio that includes seven vacation ownership brands. It also includes exchange networks and membership programs comprised of nearly 3,200 resorts in over 80 nations and approximately two million members, as well as management of more than 180 other resorts and lodging properties. As a leader and innovator in the vacation industry, the company upholds the highest standards of excellence in serving its customers, investors and associates while maintaining exclusive, long-term relationships with Marriott International and Hyatt Hotels Corporation for the development, sales and marketing of vacation ownership products and services. For more information, please visit MarriottVacationsWorldwide.com.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at www.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org and www.facebook.com/CMNHospitals.