Wyndham Team Rappels 21 Stories to Raise Awareness for Addiction

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Hotel Group CEO joins Wyndham associates in largest team ever to rappel in Shatterproof Challenge; team raises nearly $40K for Shatterproof

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (July 14, 2015)– As part of the largest team to ever participate in the ‘Shatterproof Challenge’ to raise funds and awareness for the prevention, treatment and recovery of addiction, Wyndham Hotel Group President and CEO Geoff Ballotti and a team of 26 Wyndham associates rappelled 21 stories in support of Shatterproof, a national organization committed to protecting children from addiction to alcohol or other drugs.
Geoff Ballotti rappellingThe Shatterproof Challenge Rappel New Jersey event is one of over 20 fundraising events being held across the country this year. The Wyndham team joined approximately 80 participants who committed to raise the minimum $1,000 requirement to rappel in today’s East Rutherford, N.J., event near Wyndham’s Parsippany, N.J., headquarters.
Wyndham team members have raised over $26,000 to date for Shatterproof through individual and company-wide fundraising events. The company’s Wishes by Wyndham foundation, which is matching up to $100 per Wyndham participant in today’s event, has also donated $10,000 in support of the event. 
“Today’s event was an incredible experience, and one I won’t soon forget thanks to all the wonderful people involved with Shatterproof,” said Ballotti. “As a company that is committed to giving back to our communities, we are proud that so many of our associates stepped up to participate in today’s challenge and help raise funds for this incredible organization that helps so many families cope with addiction.”
“We are grateful to Wyndham for their partnership and incredible generosity,” said Gary Mendell, founder and CEO of Shatterproof.  “Wyndham and their associates clearly are committed to our mission of increasing awareness and funding for the prevention, treatment, and recovery of this disease. They showed up for us on Tuesday as our biggest corporate team to date. Words cannot express my gratitude.”
Those interested in participating in an upcoming challenge can visit www.shatterproofchallenge.org  for more details. To view additional photos from today’s event, click here.
About Wyndham Hotel Group
Wyndham Hotel Group is the world’s largest hotel company based on number of hotels and is one of three hospitality business units of Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN). As both a leading hotel brand franchisor and hotel management services provider, the company’s global  portfolio consists of over 7,670 properties and over 667,000 rooms in 70 countries under the following brands: Dolce Hotels and Resorts® (acquired February 2015), Wyndham Grand® Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Wyndham Garden® Hotels, TRYP by Wyndham®, Wingate by Wyndham®, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham®, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham®, Ramada®, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge® and Knights Inn®. Wyndham Rewards, the company’s guest loyalty program offers more than 40 million members the opportunity to earn and redeem points at thousands of hotels across the world. For more information, visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.