IFA benefits in numerous ways from the leadership of Choice Hotels Pres. and CEO Steve Joyce, who serves as chairman of the board for 2014-2015. It’s also common for our members to take the lead when it comes to partnering with organizations to support worthwhile causes. Take a look at the headlines from the “Community Outreach” section of Franchising World magazine below just from January!
Choice Hotels is teaming up with entertainer and philanthropist Steve Harvey to help raise funds to support the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to help young men and women, chiefly from inner cities and single-parent families, to set and reach their goals through such programs as the Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp for Young Men. Joyce announced the partnership on the “Steve Harvey Show” this January.
Choice Hotels Pres. & CEO Steve Joyce with Steve Harvey.
“Choice Hotels has worked closely with the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation for six years now. And we have seen firsthand the hard work, sacrifices and tremendous amount of resources necessary to help these young men and women recognize and start to achieve their potential,” said Steve Joyce.
Since the mentoring program’s inaugural year in 2009, Choice Hotels has been the foundation’s largest in-kind sponsor.
“We are so pleased to be able to deepen our already strong relationship with Choice Hotels,” said Steve Harvey. “Our aim is to inspire and impact kids from across the entire country. But two years ago we lost our airline sponsor and that greatly limited who we could invite to camp from all fifty states. We all want the widest reach possible. Choice Hotels stepped right in to fill the void.”
And like so many other IFA members, it’s the personal engagement that makes such a difference. In 2014, Joyce served as a camp mentor alongside other businessmen, community leaders, members of the military and professional athletes. This experience included fishing lessons for the mentees, as well as the opportunity for the young men to ask the mentors questions to help prepare them in life.
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