Xanterra Parks & Resorts To Donate $100,000 Worth Of School Supplies To Students In Need Throughout Denver And Other Communities

Greenwood Village-based Xanterra Parks & Resorts, operator of restaurants, lodges and other concessions in national and state parks as well as resorts across the country, is teaming up with World Vision to provide $50,000 worth of school supplies and backpacks to families in need throughout Denver and in communities near Yellowstone and Grand Canyon National Parks where Xanterra operates concessions. The company plans to distribute the same amount of supplies in 2013 as well.

The World Vision SchoolTools program identifies students from families that fall below the federal poverty level. World Vision and Xanterra chose to support schools in areas where the company has operations in close proximity.

Xanterra will donate more than 2,200 backpacks containing school supplies this year. A team from the corporate office will assemble the packs for children from Montbello’s McGlone and Amesse Elementary Schools Aug. 8, 2012. On Aug. 9 teams from Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks will assemble backpacks and supplies to donate to children from schools at the Grand Canyon and the towns of Gardiner and West Yellowstone, Mont. outside of Yellowstone. On Aug. 10 a team from Grand Canyon Railway will distribute packs to local schoolchildren in the town of Williams, Ariz.

“Xanterra values the communities where its employees live, and the World Vision SchoolTools program allows us to demonstrate our commitment to our communities in a tangible way,” said Andrew N. Todd, president and CEO of Xanterra. “This also provides our employees an opportunity to demonstrate teamwork which is one of our core company values.”

Xanterra Parks & Resorts® (consisting of several affiliated Xanterra entities) operates lodges, restaurants, tours and activities at national parks and state parks and resorts. Xanterra Parks & Resorts is the country’s largest park concessioner. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in the following locations: Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion, Crater Lake, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park, Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. and five Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Windstar Cruises as well as Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Ariz.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts has been committed to the preservation and protection of the environment for many years. Through its environmental program, “Ecologix,” Xanterra Parks & Resorts has been recognized repeatedly for environmental leadership in the hospitality industry and is the recipient of many honors, including major awards from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Travel Industry Association of America, American Hotel and Lodging Association, National Parks Conservation Association, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Colorado Department of Public Health, State of Arizona, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. The organization has served close to 100 million people in nearly 100 countries around the world. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.