In the Words of Chesapeake

March Madness for Give Kids The World

March Madness for Give Kids The World

March 28, 2019

For most sports fans but in particular those of basketball, this time of year is extra special. It's that time of year when everywhere you turn, people are talking about upsets, brackets, and buzzer beaters. Welcome to March Madness!

During this time, when the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men's and women's college basketball tournaments are held, people all over the country are tuning in to see which teams will make it in and which of those teams will survive long enough to make it through each of the single elimination rounds. The Madness is a reference to the excitement that surrounds the sports world leading up to and during the tournament. 

We were able to create our own bit of excitement by holding a raffle last week to raise money for Give Kids The World in which the grand prize was a trip to the "Final Four" and the National Championship games in Minneapolis.  We are so pleased that the winner was Eric Grimm, General Manager of our Holiday Inn Milwaukee.  Eric was excited to support an organization he cared about, "I first learned of Give Kids the World during my General Manager Orientation with Chesapeake Hospitality.  Listening to our home office team sharing about the cause and how it started was really inspiring to find any way possible to support this. 

Our hotel does monthly fundraisers with our team and guest to support Give Kids the World.  This year we started Friday jeans day to support the cause and we allow our team to have to automatically debit from their pay checks which makes it much easier on everyone.  The team loves sharing with the guest why they are wearing jeans and more about what Give Kids the World is doing for these families.

It was a no brainier to participate in this fundraiser as it supporting an organization that I believe is so important and my love for college basketball.  I was on vacation out of the country when I received an email telling me I had won, I was very excited but at the same time had to figure out how to tell my wife I was going to be leaving her for four days with our three kids as I went and had some more fun!"

Eric adds, "As a father of three young kids I couldn’t imagine what these families are going through.  I know how much I enjoy making memories things with my kids and I can only imagine how much more it means to these brave young kids and their families to make these lasting memories during their stay at the village."