CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - In celebration of Hilton Worldwide's second annual Global Week of Service, October 6 - 12, more than 17 volunteers from Embassy Suites Chattanooga - Hamilton Place are packing meals at the Chattanooga Food Bank. Community service is a tradition embedded in Hilton Worldwide's culture, and acts of volunteerism occur year-round across 10 distinct brands and 4,000 properties.  Embassy Suites Chattanooga - Hamilton Place's efforts are a part of Hilton Worldwide's week-long celebration of the company's commitment to serving the communities where we live, work and travel, which this year includes hundreds of hands-on service projects globally. 

"The Embassy Suites Chattanooga - Hamilton Place team is honored to partner with the Chattanooga Food Bank to help ensure that our community has ample access healthy food," said Paul Mezick, general manager at The Embassy Suites Chattanooga - Hamilton Place. "The Chattanooga Food Bank is a great organization with ties throughout the region and it is with great pleasure that we are working in a collective effort to deliver food to families in and around Chattanooga. We will join together in celebration of service to make a difference and help make a positive impact on our community."

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank is pleased to be working with a group of passionate volunteers from Embassy Suites Chattanooga - Hamilton Place. During their day of caring, Embassy Suites Chattanooga - Hamilton Place Team Members will be sorting through thousands of pounds of products that will benefit several programs. Volunteers such as this group are critical in the fight to end hunger. Through their support, the Chattanooga Area Food Bank is able to provide meals to over 20,000 people every week.

"We absolutely love when a company can generously donate their time. Through their hard work, we can accomplish more in one day than our staff would be able to accomplish in a full week without support. The work put in by Embassy Suites Chattanooga - Hamilton Place will truly have an impact on their community, and that impact can be felt immediately by not only us but also our partner agencies and clients," Said Jonathan Evans, Community Engagement manager.

Global Week of Service is Hilton Worldwide's largest annual volunteer service initiative and brings together team members from across Hilton Worldwide's corporate offices and hotel properties, helping to strengthen the company's connections with its communities and bringing it closer together as a global team. Follow this link to watch a short video on Global Week of Service:

During Global Week of Service, team members will be encouraged to share their personal stories of service and hospitality through a variety of channels. Photos and stories from Hilton Worldwide's Global Week of Service events will be posted at, on the Hilton Worldwide Facebook page and on the @HiltonWorldwide Twitter account throughout the week.

In 2012, during Hilton Worldwide's inaugural Global Week of Service, team members at more than 600 properties and offices completed more than 800 volunteer projects in 401 cities across the company's global footprint. The projects focused on engaging Team Members and delivering on Hilton Worldwide's commitment to Travel with Purpose by creating opportunities, strengthening communities, celebrating cultures and living sustainably. This year, the company aims to build upon this community engagement and is striving to complete more than 1,200 service projects.

Amanda Cooper
Embassy Suites Chattanooga - Hamilton Place

About Chattanooga Hotel Property Investment
Ken and Byron DeFoor, the principals of DeFoor Brothers Development, have nearly thirty years of real estate development in the greater Chattanooga area.  Their portfolio and development experience includes mixed-use lifestyle centers, office buildings, shopping centers, subdivisions, and health care related entities.  Ken is the largest office developer in Hamilton County, with over 306,000 square feet of office completed over the last few years.  Byron has a track record of success in the acquisition, ownership, and operations of health care facilities, nursing homes, and retirement communities.  With this expertise, Byron founded Grace Healthcare, which currently owns or operates thirty-five nursing homes and assisted living facilities in California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia.      

About Legacy Property Group & Legacy Hotel Partners
Legacy Property Group ("Legacy") is an 18 year old real estate development firm that responds to unique market opportunities while enhancing the built environment. Founder and President, David Marvin, is a professional engineer who actively directs each of the company's undertakings.  Legacy's signature projects, located in downtown Atlanta, have created economic value by transforming a struggling area into a welcoming neighborhood. Fluency across multiple real estate uses, commitment to quality, and the ability to work with partners and local governments have enabled Legacy to define and develop unique projects in the senior housing, retail, residential, hospitality and mixed-use arenas. Legacy's work has been recognized for excellence by such organizations as the Urban Land Institute, MIT Center for Real Estate, and the Atlanta Regional Commission.  Hilton Worldwide named Legacy its "Multibrand Developer of the Year" in 2008.  Legacy's business partners include such names as General Electric Pension Trust, Mission Hills Group, and Hilton Worldwide. Legacy Hotel Partners (LHP) is an affiliate of Legacy Property Group that offers hotel asset management and property management services. The organization has extensive resources and experience in hotel property operations, food & beverage, sales & marketing, training, human resources, accounting/finance, revenue management and purchasing.  LHP is led by Mr. Kevin Richards, a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry working with nationally recognized management companies such as Winegardner & Hammons, Prime Hospitality, and Lodgian, Inc.  LHP is approved by Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International, and Hilton Worldwide to operate upper-upscale hotels within their respective brand families.

About Travel with PurposeTM
Travel with PurposeTM is Hilton Worldwide's commitment to provide shared value to its business and communities around the world. As the driving strategy for Hilton Worldwide's corporate responsibility efforts, Travel with Purpose focuses on creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential; strengthening local communities where Team Members live, work and travel; celebrating cultures and the power of travel; and living sustainably through the measurement, analysis and improvement of the use of natural resources. Visit for more information.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,300 properties with more than 863,000 rooms, in 106 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

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