Hyatt Announces 26 Hyatt Community Grants Worldwide

  Hyatt Announces 26 Hyatt Community Grants Worldwide

    Hotel Company Calls for Public Votes to Complete 2012 Community Giving

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CHICAGO -- December 03, 2012

As part of Hyatt Community Grants, a philanthropic program that empowers Hyatt
associates to guide charitable giving, Hyatt announced today that 27 Hyatt
hotels and offices have awarded more than US$300,000 this year to communities
around the world.

Hyatt Community Grants, a key component of Hyatt Thrive – Hyatt’s global
corporate responsibility platform – encourages hotels around the world to
identify and nominate local nonprofits for funding consideration through Hyatt
Hotels Foundation. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Hyatt hotels have
awarded more than US$1,350,000 in Hyatt Community Grants to nonprofit
organizations in 103 communities and 34 countries globally.

“Hyatt has a long history of dedication to fostering thriving local
communities where Hyatt hotels operate, and we are so proud of the many grant
nominations we received,” said Brigitta Witt, vice president of corporate
responsibility for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. “In many cases, these grants help
support multi-year relationships of financial and volunteer support between
the hotels and their chosen nonprofit organizations.”

The program builds on Hyatt’s belief that no one better understands a
community’s most pressing issues – and their solutions – than those who live
and work there. Nonprofits selected represent efforts in one or more of the
four Hyatt Thrive pillars: education and personal advancement; economic
development and investment; health and wellness; and environmental
sustainability.

Vote in Hyatt’s Vote. Give. Thrive. Campaign on Facebook

While local associates at Hyatt hotels and offices have nominated the chosen
26 grant recipients, Hyatt is asking the broader community to determine which
three of those 26 organizations will receive additional funding. Now through
December 31, visit the Vote. Give. Thrive. application on Hyatt’s Facebook
page to vote daily for the organizations about which you feel most
passionately. The nonprofit with the most votes will receive an additional
US$10,000, and the second and third place organizations will each receive an
additional US$5,000.

To support their chosen nonprofits, the Hyatt hotel or Hyatt office that
nominated the nonprofit uses a video to share why their organization deserves
your vote. Visit the application at Facebook.com/Hyatt for the videos, more
details and full voting terms.

This year’s Hyatt Community Grant recipients include:

  *Education & Personal Advancement: Hyatt’s Divisional Office in Hong Kong
    awarded a US$15,000 grant to Bring Me A Book to help create local
    libraries in kindergartens, community centers, health clinics and
    shelters. Click here to watch the video.
  *Economic Development & Investment: Hyatt Regency Denver awarded a
    US$15,000 grant to Emily Griffith Foundation Inc. to support its Work
    Intensive Skills Camp (WISC), a four-week program teaching employable
    hospitality skills for refugees. Since 2006, 192 of WISC’s 1,000 refugees
    have been trained at the hotel, and Hyatt Regency Denver provides job
    shadow experiences and employment opportunities. Click here to watch the
    video.
  *Health & Wellness: Park Hyatt Hamburg awarded a US$15,000 grant to
    Dunkelziffer e.V to support its counseling services for sexually abused
    boys. Since 1998, the hotel has partnered with Dunkelziffer to sponsor
    fundraisers, seminars and holiday events for the organization. Click here
    to watch the video.
  *Environmental Sustainability: Hyatt Regency Guam awarded a $7,500 grant to
    St. John’s School to support the purchase and installation of solar
    panels. For the last two years, Hyatt Regency Guam has partnered with the
    school on a recycling program in which associates help collect and sort
    recyclable aluminum, tin, plastic and glass. In 2011, this program helped
    divert 237,000 plastic bottles and 95,000 aluminum cans from landfills.
    Click here to watch the video.

About Hyatt Community Grants

Funding for Hyatt Community Grants is provided by Hyatt Hotels Foundation, a
donor-advised fund created in conjunction with the National Philanthropic
Trust. In 2012, 27 Hyatt properties and offices from around the world are
awarding more than US$300,000 in grants to nonprofits in their local
communities. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Hyatt hotels have awarded
more than US$1,350,000 to nonprofit organizations in 103 communities and 34
countries globally. For more information about Hyatt Community Grants, please
visit http://thrive.hyatt.com/philanthropy.html.

About Hyatt Thrive

Hyatt’s global corporate responsibility platform, Hyatt Thrive, is designed to
help make our communities places where our associates are proud to work, our
guests want to visit, our neighbors want to live and owners want to
invest.Harnessing the power of more than 90,000 associates worldwide, Hyatt
Thrive brings together teams of passionate people to focus on positive local
efforts that create a significant global impact. For more information about
Hyatt Thrive, please visit www.HyattThrive.com.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global
hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than
welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference
in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic
hospitality. The Company's subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop
hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt
Regency®, Hyatt Place® and Hyatt House^TM brand names and have locations on
six continents. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation
subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt Residences^TM and
Hyatt Residence Club^TM. As of September30, 2012, the Company's worldwide
portfolio consisted of 496 properties in 45 countries. For more information,
please visit www.hyatt.com.

Contact:

Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Stephanie Sheppard, 312-780-5399
Stephanie.Sheppard@hyatt.com
 
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