The Grand Teton National Park Foundation has announced that the Grand Teton Lodge Company (GTLC) and Flagg Ranch Company, owned by Vail Resorts, have gifted a total of $130,000 in 2014 to support Inspiring Journeys, the multiyear restoration at Jenny Lake. This money was generated by an innovative lodging contribution program as well as a dollar-for-dollar match the organization created to incent their clients to contribute to this valuable improvement project that is restoring trails and resources around Jenny Lake. GTLC and Flagg Ranch Company have supported the Foundation’s work in the park since 1999, making the lodging group the largest and one of the longest running corporate partners in Foundation history.
“We are committed to sustaining our national park surroundings, and everything we do at GTLC is guided by our mission to Preserve, Protect, and Inspire,” said Alex Klein, Grand Teton Lodge Company and Flagg Ranch Company vice president and general manager. “We take our stewardship very seriously, and our guest donation program benefitting Jenny Lake restoration is one way that we can contribute to restoration of the majestic Grand Teton National Park for future generations.”
“Our longstanding relationship with Grand Teton Lodge Company continues to play a role in the success of our programming and improvements in Grand Teton,” Foundation President Leslie Mattson said. “In addition to this year’s gift, their combined support over the years has totaled more than $700,000, making GTLC one of our most loyal and generous partners. A special thanks goes to each and every guest who has contributed through the lodging program. It’s amazing to see so many visitors who are committed to improving and conserving Grand Teton.”
The lodging program originated in 1999 with Clay James, former president and general manager of GTLC, which was owned by CSX Corporation. Vail Resorts continued the program when it purchased the company in the latter part of 1999. James launched the initiative at Jenny Lake Lodge and Jackson Lake Lodge with the goal of educating visitors about the benefits of private support in parks while generating significant funding for on-the-ground projects in Grand Teton National Park.
By providing multiple opportunities for their employees to improve the park, GTLC continues to demonstrate its commitment to enhancing Grand Teton through volunteerism, a cornerstone of the company’s mission. In 2014, GTLC employees announced a goal of contributing 1,000 volunteer hours to Grand Teton over the next two years. Local employees chose to fulfill this challenge by completing trail work at various locations throughout the park, including brushing and clearing trails at Emma-Matilda Lakes, Phelps Lake, Death Canyon and Jenny Lake. Along with the work that was accomplished throughout the summer, GTLC employees participated in Vail Resorts’ annual Epic Promise Day in September. Vail Resorts’ Epic Promise Day is in its fifth season and is a one-day, employee volunteer event that features a service project in each of the resort’s communities. A total of 1,650 employees company-wide participated, volunteering a total of 6,600 hours in their communities.
To learn more about Grand Teton National Park Foundation, please visit www.gtnpf.org.
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