Each winter, The Omni Grove Park Inn hosts the National Gingerbread House Competition, and half of each parking charge collected during the holiday season is returned to the community in support of various local not-for-profits.

Through the Holiday Parking Partners Program, The Omni Grove Park Inn has given over $430,000 to area nonprofits since 2013. The gift of generous, non-restricted funds provides critical support to thousands of Asheville citizens.

On February 7th, The Omni Grove Park Inn held a luncheon for the 2018 Holiday Parking Partners: American Legion Baseball Post No. 70, Asheville City Schools Foundation, Buncombe Partnership for Children, Homeward Bound, Horizons at Carolina Day School, Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, and the YMCA’s Camp Watia. The luncheon is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for area nonprofits to connect with each other about how they are serving the community.

Once folks finished a sumptuous lunch from Edison’s, the photographer reminded the crowd of the quintessential photography rule of thumb: “If you can see me, I can see you.”

This photography rule also applies to the philanthropic vision of The Omni Grove Park Inn, which has been a part of this community for over a century.

The Omni Grove Park Inn sees our community: our children, our elderly citizens, our babies and the caregivers who nurture them. The Omni Grove Park Inn sees the importance of early childhood education; access to food, housing, and high-quality schools; summer camp and after-school programming for all; and the good old game of American baseball. “As an organization that is 100% donor-funded, we rely on the community to recognize the benefit of summer learning,” pointed out Monica Antonazzo, Executive Director of Horizons at Carolina Day. The Omni Grove Park Inn recognized the benefits all the Parking Partners’ missions bring to Asheville, and by investing in those missions, it is helping to launch these nonprofits forward as leaders in their respective sectors.

“At the Asheville City Schools Foundation, we are deeply grateful that The Omni Grove Park Inn believes in our mission and allows us to be the most effective at serving students and teachers by gifting unrestricted funds. We see The Omni Grove Park Inn and you see us,” said Copland Rudolph, ACSF Development Director.

Jim Lowder of Homeward Bound agreed. “Funds from parking during the Gingerbread House Competition make a difference in the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable individuals and families in our community. Funding from the parking program literally saves lives. When all of our citizens have a decent place to live and call home, we live in a community that is better for all of us.”

“We genuinely treasure this partnership, which helps to improve the education, health, and financial stability of our neighbors in need,” said Kevin Montgomery, Campaign Director at United Way.

“The Omni Grove Park Inn is honored to support these fine organizations who truly impact the needs of our community in such an integral way,” said Tracey Johnston-Crum, Director of Public Relations & Community Outreach at The Omni Grove Park Inn.

To learn more about the nonprofit partners and the 2019 National Gingerbread House Competition, visit https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/things-to-do/upcoming-events/national-gingerbread-competition.

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