Burba Hotel Network (BHN) has contributed $5,000 to the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation’s (AH&LEF) 2014 Annual Giving Campaign. This is BHN’s second gift to AH&LEF at the six-diamond level.

BHN develops and produces premier gatherings of the world’s hospitality and tourism investment community, having completed over 100 conferences since 2000. A long-time partner of AH&LA, they have co-hosted the America’s Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) with AH&LA for the last 13 years. The proceeds from ALIS support AH&LEF and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.

Jim Burba, president and co-founder of BHN said, “The work AH&LEF is doing to train our future leaders and fund research is so very important to the hotel industry.” Added Bob Hayes, BHN vice president and co-founder, “BHN is committed to giving back to our industry, and our contribution to the AH&LEF 2014 Annual Giving Campaign is one of the ways we meet that commitment. We encourage our colleagues to support this fundraising initiative.”

“BHN is an industry leader in philanthropic giving, and we are so grateful to be a recipient of their generosity,” said Joori Jeon, AH&LEF president/COO. “Their continuing support of the Foundation demonstrates that they are committed to investing in the future of the industry.”

The Annual Giving Campaign is AH&LEF’s key yearly fundraising initiative supported solely by the hospitality sector. Initiated in 1997, the program generates funds for AH&LEF’s core programs that provide hospitality management students with academic scholarships, offer grants for pertinent industry research such as diversity and technology advancement, and promote hospitality as a career of choice. Hundreds of thousands has been raised through the campaigns, and the Foundation is scheduled to disburse more than $1 million this year.

AH&LEF is the not-for-profit affiliate of AH&LA and is funded solely by charitable donations from progressive hospitality leaders and companies within the industry. In 2013, AH&LEF disbursed over $1 million to prepare promising college students for a career in hospitality, to attract and retain talented industry professionals, and to fund valuable research for lodging properties. Since the Foundation’s inception, approximately $18.5 million has been distributed through its scholarship, education, outreach, and research programs.

All AH&LEF contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. For more information about donating, contact Michelle Poinelli, senior vice president of foundation programs, at (202) 289-3181 or mpoinelli@ahlef.org or visit www.ahlef.org.

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AH&LEF is the charitable fund-raising and endowed fund-management subsidiary of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Founded in 1953, AH&LEF is the premier organization for scholarships, professional certification, and instructional material as well as funding for hospitality industry research.

Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides focused advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry generating $155.5 billion in annual sales from 4.9 million guestrooms.