RCI in the swing for Christel House golf sponsorship

RCI is proud to once again be the Global Title Sponsor of the Christel House Charity Golf Open and welcomes Nexus Leisure as Signature Sponsor of the European Events.

The RCI Christel House Charity Golf Open, now in its ninth year, has become a highlight of the timeshare industry’s fundraising calendar. A charity golf tournament on a global scale, the Christel House Open hosts tournaments across five continents.

Geoff Ballotti, CEO, RCI, said: “In the more than ten years since the charity’s founding, RCI has taken great pride in supporting Christel House, and the incredible work the organisation does to transform the lives of impoverished children around the world. We are delighted that Nexus Leisure is continuing its support of this worthy cause in 2011, which raises funds to help these children achieve their dreams. Together, we can truly make a difference.”

Nexus Leisure has worked actively for the charity for more than ten years, incorporating various fundraising activities into the heart of its operation, including a late check-out scheme in which fees for late check-outs are donated to the charity.

In commenting on the company’s continued sponsorship of the Christel House Open, Jerry Graber from Nexus Leisure said: “As a company we are so proud to be associated with Christel House and its good work. We look forward to being part of yet another series of world golf events where we will all have the opportunity to join together in sporting comradeship and raise further funds for the cause.”

He added “Nexus will be fielding two teams at the Europe events this year, ever hopeful of winning. Though the competition, as always, will be tough, the important thing to remember is that Christel House emerges as the real winner.”

Ballotti added: “To make a difference in the lives of the children of Christel House this has to be a real team effort. In 2010 the golf tournaments alone helped raise $490,000 for the charity. And so we’d like to ask our affiliates, developers, suppliers and partners to join us at one of these planned tournaments across the globe to help raise even more money for Christel House in 2011. It’s sure to be a great day, and we can all take pride in knowing that we have helped make a difference in the lives of children and their families who need it most.”

For 2011 there will be two European golf events. The first to be held is on Saturday 11 June at the Pestana Vila Sol golf course, Vilamoura, Portugal and the second will be held on Monday 13 June at Ealing Golf Club, London, England.

Other sponsors include RDO – hole sponsors, Perspectives International – Global Media Sponsor and RCI Europe – the Half Way House Sponsor for the European events.

Christel House was founded in 1998 by RCI founder, Christel DeHaan, with the mission of helping children worldwide break the cycle of poverty. Today it serves over 3,000 students, assisting them in optimising their potential to be productive and self sufficient through education. What’s more, the charity has implemented a fantastic support structure which ensures that students are provided with ongoing support, medical care, guidance and transport costs.

For further details on participating in the European golf events, sponsorship opportunities or to donate a prize for the auction, please contact Amanda White on Amanda.White@rci.com

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