BUFFALO, N.Y. (February 19, 2019) – Delaware North, one of the largest privately held hospitality companies in the world, has announced a $269,068 donation to the United Service Organizations (USO), a non-profit that supports service members and military families via programming, centers and airport locations around the world. The donation is the result of a fundraising campaign at the 200-plus Delaware North dining locations at 17 airports across the United States, with all proceeds going to benefit the USO.
The fundraising campaign, which began last Memorial Day and continues into 2019, involves the sale of the commemorative USO cups, as well as opportunities for guests to “round-up” their purchases at the register or donate in $1, $3 or $5 increments. Beyond this fundraising campaign, Delaware North’s travel division supports the USO at its various airport locations with frequent meal drops, and annual holiday meals during Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“The USO is very grateful for its partnership with Delaware North,” said Lisa Anastasi, USO Chief Development and Marketing Officer. “This collaboration gives the public a unique and easy way to make a big impact in the lives of our men and women in uniform.”
Delaware North’s contributions directly support the USO’s mission to strengthen America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. In 2018, the USO recorded more than 12MM total service instances, entertained more than 83,000 military men and women through USO entertainment tours and served more than 3.9MM location-based program participants. The USO also provided 8,455 Action Plans for transitioning service members through its USO Pathfinder® program.
The fundraising efforts continue at Delaware North locations at the following airports: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Boise Airport, Boston Logan International Airport, Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Charleston International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Denver International Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Nashville International Airport, New York State Thruways; Ontario (CA) International Airport, Richmond International Airport, Tampa International Airport, Will Rogers World Airport.
PHOTO CAPTION: Representatives from the USO joined Kevin Kelly (second from left), president of Delaware North’s travel division, Maureen Sweeny (third from right), executive vice president and chief development officer for Delaware North, and several Delaware North associates who have served in the armed forces, for a check presentation ceremony on Feb. 18 at Delaware North’s global headquarters in Buffalo, N.Y.
About the USO
The USO strengthens America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit www.USO.org.
About Delaware North
Delaware North is one of the largest privately-held hospitality companies in the world. Founded in 1915, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Delaware North has annual revenue of more than $3 billion in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurants and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries. Learn more about Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and food service, at www.delawarenorth.com.