Diamond Resorts International® Receives 2014 ACE Philanthropic Award from American Resort Development Association
Diamond Resorts International® has been named the winner of this year’s American Resort Development Association (ARDA) ACE Philanthropic Award.
Diamond was recognized for organizing the first annual Brian Gay Golf Invitational, a best in class celebrity/amateur golf tournament hosted at Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club in Celebration, Fla. last December, raising more than $400,000 for the Florida Hospital for Children (FHFC).
ARDA annually recognizes resorts and industry members in categories that include overall professional excellence, outstanding sales and marketing accomplishments, product design, advertising and staff. Diamond was also a finalist for ARDA’s “top newsletter electronic format” and “brochure more than eight pages.” The company’s graphic design team was named a finalist for ARDA’s top graphic team award.
The net proceeds raised benefited the Walt Disney Pavilion at the Florida Hospital for Children (FHFC), a medical facility in Orlando, Fla. FHFC is home to a world-class panel of pediatric specialists and highly qualified staff dedicated to the care of children. The hospital offers a lobby designed by Disney that features characters and interactive games to ease the fear and anxieties of patients and their families. Through sponsorships and in-kind donations, the event was able to raise much-needed funds for the hospital to continue its mission.
The event was hosted by four-time PGA tournament winner and current PGA Tour professional Brian Gay. Brian hosted more than 300 attendees, including celebrity participants like retired MLB players Reggie Jackson and John Smoltz; retired NBA player Grant Hill; retired NFL player Marcus Allen; and country music star Darius Rucker, among others. The winning team included retired PGA Tour professional Carl Paulson.
For more information on the event, please visit http://briangayinvitational.tumblr.com/.