ResortQuest supports causes in Northwest Florida

Special to The Log
ResortQuest employees help Boys & Girls Club during United Way Day of Caring 2017. [SPECIAL TO THE LOG]

In the company’s continued dedication to its local communities, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals closed out 2017 by supporting several fall charity events in Northwest Florida. From fundraisers and walks to organized volunteer days, the company showed its support for the following causes:

Golf enthusiasts had the chance to hit the links with dozens of sports legends like Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Pete Smith, Jim McMahon, Von Hayes, Rick Reuschel, other celebrities and several Gold Star parents during the 21st annual South Walton Celebrity Golf Classic in October. The highly-anticipated three-day fundraiser hosted and sponsored by ResortQuest was held at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa and Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Highlights from the event included honoring former Major League Baseball player Greg McMichael with the Jackie Burkett Memorial Humanitarian of the Year Award. All proceeds benefited Operation Renewed Hope Foundation.

In September, ResortQuest showed its heart by forming a team of walkers for the American Heart Association's 2017 Heart Walk. ResortQuest’s efforts helped the AHA raise approximately $79,000.

The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation was founded by Taya Kyle to honor the life and legacy of service of her husband, “American Sniper” Chris Kyle. ResortQuest sponsored several Revitalization Retreats for CKFF in the fall aimed at reconnecting military and first responders with their spouses.

Wyndham Vacation Rentals’ entire Gulf Region participates in an ongoing campaign to support the United Way. Each year, Northwest Florida employees participate in the United Way Okaloosa-Walton Day of Caring. This past September, 94 employees formed seven teams and tackled a range of meaningful community projects such as painting, landscaping, cleaning flower beds, window washing, cleaning school buses and more. This was the company’s 10th consecutive year participating.

In October, ResortQuest asked its employees to “think pink” to raise awareness and funds to help cure breast cancer. A team of 30 staffers donned pink shirts and did their part by participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk. In addition to the company’s sponsorship donation, employees organized a raffle of pink packages that raised an additional $2,474 for Making Strides of the Emerald Coast.

In December, ResortQuest employees got in the holiday spirit by supporting the 39th Jingle Bell Jog 5K/10K benefiting Chapter VII of the Special Forces Association.

ResortQuest, which is headquartered in Fort Walton Beach, was founded 40 years ago and has been engaged in the local community since 1977.

“Our company culture mantra is Count on Me! It might just be three words, but it is critical to who we are as a company,” said Lino Maldonado, vice president for growth operations and innovation for Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America. “We are in the business of serving others. We know if we take care of our community, it will in turn be there for us, too.”