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AHLEF's 24th Annual Big Apple Auction Opens for Bids

Exclusive Vacation Packages for Las Vegas, Hawaii, Golf Getaways & More!

WASHINGTON, D.C. November 7, 2017 – The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation’s (AHLEF) annual Big Apple Auction is ready for bids with almost 130 items ranging from exclusive getaways to advertisements for your business in national publications.

The auction is now live and will remain open for bidding through Wednesday, November 15, at 3 pm (EST). The Big Apple Auction features items donated by lodging properties, CEOs, suppliers, show exhibitors, and other industry supporters.

Bidding starts at a fraction of retail value on amazing items like these:
•A full-page black & white ad in the national edition of USA Today.
•Three-night stay with Ocean View at the Waikiki Parc Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.
•A two-night stay with golf for two in an ocean-view room at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

“We would like to extend our gratitude to all of the donors that have generously contributed to the AHLEF Big Apple Auction,” said Rosanna Maietta AHLEF interim president. “These contributions and everyone’s bids allow AHLEF to continue to provide hospitality students with scholarships that will contribute to their futures in the hospitality industry.”

Last year’s auction generated more than $85,000 in proceeds, which benefited AHLEF, the charitable educational arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). Since its inception, AHLEF has disbursed more than $21.5 million through its scholarship, education, outreach, and research programs.

For more information about the auction, including donating items, contact Lauren Biehl, Foundation Manager, at (202)289-3134 or access the auction online.

Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the largest national association solely representing all segments of the 8 million jobs the U.S. lodging industry supports, including brands, hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA proudly represents a dynamic hotel industry of more than 54,000 properties that supports $1.1 trillion in U.S. sales and generates nearly $170 billion in taxes to local, state and federal governments. Learn more at www.AHLA.com.

Michelle Morenza

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