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ORLANDO, Fla. – December 15, 2010 – The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, an equity-based, luxury destination club collection of properties, is proud to have its Ladies and Gentlemen volunteer their time in the local communities through The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company’s Community Footprints program. The Clubs have collaborated with local organizations and developed programs tailored to their unique destination.

As part of the overall Community Footprints efforts, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. also offers the “Give Back Getaways” program. Working side-by-side with family, friends and the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, Members have the opportunity to make a positive and lasting impact in the lives of others while focusing on one of the three pillars of the Community Footprints program:

  • The Well-Being of Children
  • Hunger and Poverty Relief
  • Environmental Conversation

“Many Members are actively involved in volunteerism in their own hometowns, but also wish to make a difference where they vacation which often is their home away from home,” said Peter J. Watzka, executive vice president and chief operating officer for The Ritz-Carlton Development Company, Inc. (an affiliate of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.). “The Ritz-Carlton tradition of extraordinary service extends into our Community Footprints program, a unique program bringing Members and our own Ladies and Gentlemen together to make enduring contributions in our local communities.”

A few such Community Footprints efforts include the following:

The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, Kapalua Bay
Working closely with The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, Kapalua Bay embraces efforts to preserve the island’s flora and fauna by adopting the Kapalua Coastal Trail. Members, along with the Ladies and Gentlemen, partake in this important cause through native seed collection, planting and reforestation. Additionally, the Club has partnered with Lahaina Intermediate School by providing individual and group mentorship, confidence and the tools needed to create and execute their own community service programs.

The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, San Francisco
The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, San Francisco is committed to assisting Family House, a local non-profit organization providing temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco’s Children’s Hospital. Volunteers engage in everything from painting and gardening, to beautifying and cleaning the Family House to make it a warmer home for the children.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa, Jupiter
The Ladies and Gentlemen at this Palm Beach County, Fla. location are highly involved in local community events. This year, the team supported a Lighthouse World War II party and charity event with all proceeds benefiting the maintenance and further development at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Grounds. In addition, Residents, Members and Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa, Jupiter were committed to Haiti Relief, Habitat for Humanity, Support our Troops and Place of Hope Foster Care to name a few other beneficiaries of the site’s volunteerism.

About The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club
Combining exclusive membership options for luxury travel for Members and their families around the world with the legendary services of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club offers an inspirational vacation lifestyle tailored to each Member’s needs and expectations. The Club was recently awarded Robb Report’s “Best of the Best” distinction in 2009. For information, please visit The Club can also be found on Facebook ( and Twitter (@RitzCarltonClub).

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