At Spring ARDA 2012 Christel House put forward a special group of people and organisations as nominees to receive an ARDA ACE Philanthropic Award – “The Christel House Champions”. They were nominated for their tireless work in supporting the Christel House Open international charity golf tournament.
This event is annual series of 20+ individual tournaments that span the world and proceeds from the event support the children of Christel House, a global charity founded by Christel DeHaan. Christel House helps children break the cycle of poverty, realise their hopes and dreams and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society.
The Open is the charity’s signature event and sees more than 1,500 timeshare industry professionals participating on five continents. To date, it has generated more than $7.2 million; this money has been used to benefit children who are overlooked by society and denied the basic opportunities we all take for granted. These funds are helping to break the vicious cycle of poverty that grips families for generation after generation.
The astonishing success of this tournament would not have been possible without a very special group, affectionately known as the “Christel House Champions”. They generously donate their time, talent and resources to ensure the success of the event. The Open simply could not happen without them. Nexus Leisure is an integral part of the team of Christel House Champions and for many years the company has played a vital part in ensuring the success of the European tournament, especially in securing local sponsors and players, creating local awareness and liaising with Christel House staff.
No other enterprise has benefited from such worldwide industry support during the course of the past decade. For that we owe much gratitude to our Champions – who represent the following organisations around the globe:
- Aquarius Vacation Club and Dorado del Mar
- Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council
- Bluegreen Corporation
- Breckenridge Grand Vacations
- Burroughs & Chapin Company
- Fairmont Vacation Club
- Festiva Resorts
- Grand Pacific Resorts
- Holiday Inn Vacations – Orange Lake Resort
- Lodging Kit Company
- Nexus Leisure
- The Christie Lodge
- The Noble Company of South Carolina
- Scottsdale Camelback Resort
- Sun Hospitality
- Virginia Resort Developers Association
- Wyndham Vacation Ownership
We are proud to say that the Christel House Champions did indeed win the 2012 ARDA ACE Philanthropic Award and we salute all of them, especially our European Champions Nexus Leisure, for their role in uniting the global timeshare industry in the fight against childhood poverty. Thank you to everyone in the Nexus organisation for your tremendous support.