The Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association Foundation serves as the organization’s charitable arm, offering contributions to advance tourism initiatives, youth-related causes and community advocacy.

Donations, Scholarships & Grants

To date, in 2017, the CFHLA Foundation has awarded $208,000 in charitable contributions, scholarships and school grants in Central Florida. Monies earned from the CFHLA Bacchus Bash have provided scholarships for 42 hospitality students and multiple grants for schools, including Orange County Public Schools, Valencia College and Orange Technical College for the expansion of its hospitality program. Additional scholarships were awarded to family members of local hospitality employees at the Golden Pineapple Awards Dinner.

Charitable contributions for 2017 included the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Wounded Officers Initiative, Central Florida Boy Scouts of America, Central Florida Community Arts, Dr. Phillips Little League, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida and the Grand Tour Gala Foundation. In 2017, the foundation donated $10,000 (payment one of two) to the Orlando Health Foundation for the renovation of the Perry Pavilion at the Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, designed and built as a home away from home for families of patients from outside the Orlando area. Additionally, a $5,000 grant was awarded to Osceola Arts for summer camp scholarships for CFHLA lodging member employees, and nearly $4,000 was donated to Shepherd’s Hope, Inc. for language interpreting screens at its health centers. Shepherd’s Hope is a faith-based organization of volunteers that exists to provide access to health care for the uninsured.

The CFHLA Foundation is proud to give back to the Central Florida community.


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