CH&LA Education Foundation

The California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation provides funding and assistance to California institutions and individuals as well as for related activities which further research and knowledge in the field of hotel management with respect to the lodging, hospitality, and food service industries. In just the past two decades, CH&LA’s Education Foundation has contributed more than $500,000 to the future benefit on the California lodging industry.

The CH&LAEF has most recently been working closely with California Community Colleges' Retail, Hospitality & Tourism Initiative, providing networking opportunities with industry members, to assist in the development of curriculum that will serve the needs of those industry members.   The CH&LAEF has supported high school hospitality conferences, where students from high school hospitality programs are provided with information, hands-on tours, and a better understanding of career opportunities in the industry. CH&LA’s Education Foundation is also involved in the continued education of the industry, teachers and instructors of hospitality programs.For more information on how to get involved, please contact Education Director, Susan Ragatz at susan@calodging.com, or by calling her, 916-554-2678.

Academic & Working Professional Scholarships

For information on CH&LAEF scholarships, including application requirements, and to view a list of 2014 recipients, please click here.

Lodging Service Award

In 2014, the CH&LAEF launch the pilot program, Lodging Service Award, a "scholarship" for member properties.  Member properties competed for the award which would provide the recipient property with the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute's Guest (AH&LEI) Service Gold Program.

Guest Service Gold is a comprehensive program designed to accomplish the goal of creating guest service-oriented line level employees who know how to engage with their guests to provide memorable guest services.

The recipient of the award for 2014 was the 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach, whose innkeeper, Susan Nelson prepared a stellar application describing why her staff was deserving of this award.  The property trained and certified their entire line staff, and then went on to become the first Certified Guest Service Property in California.

How Can You Help Grow Hospitality Education?

The CH&LAEF will be holding an online auction on the premiere online bidding site, www.biddingforgood.com, from Monday, November 3 through Wednesday, November 12

Funds raised through the auction will ultimately benefit the lodging industry in CA!  They will fund scholarships for students, at all levels, studying for careers, or studying to advance a current position in the lodging industry.  CH&LA and its Foundation have been working with high schools, community colleges and workforce development agencies to help raise the awareness of careers in the hospitality industry.  This increased focus on the industry has resulted in an increase in available courses, and in the number of students who are making career changes.  We need a well-trained and excited workforce pool!

CH&LAEF is now accepting donations which showcase overnight stays, and memorable packages, which might include one or multiple night stays, packages which include recreational activities, professional lessons, brunch or dinner, or perhaps even an item donated by a supportive supplier who recognizes the value of training for careers in the lodging industry (i.e. golf club, gift basket, coffee basket, wine basket, etc.). All donors and supporting vendors will be recognized on the CH&LA website, www.calodging.com, the CH&LA monthly newsletter and in an upcoming issue of the CH&LA Lodging News magazine.

If you would prefer to make a tax deductible donation, either in-kind or monetary, please contact Education Director, Susan Ragatz at susan@calodging.com, or complete the donation form.

2014 CH&LA Education Foundation Donors
 

Amy Arbuckle

San Francisco Marriott at Fisherman's Wharf

 

Rob Balmer

Beverly Heritage Hotel

 

Luis Barrios

Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel

 

Tom Beedon

Residence Inn Beverly Hills

 

Sandy Beno

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

 

Pamela Bonner

Hilton Garden Inn Bakersfield

 

René Boskoff

Monterey Marriott

 

Peter Bowes

Hotel Shattuck Plaza

 

Naomi Briones

Embassy Suites Arcadia-Pasadena

 

John Brissenden

Sorensen's Resort

 

Paul Bullock

Eagle Inn

  Keith Butz

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

 

Olivia Chavez

Hyatt Regency Long Beach

 

Mark Clement

Hilton Oakland Airport

 

Cathy Cluff

The Oaks at Ojai

 

Gloria Cortez

Irvine Marriott

 

Kelley Cosgrove

The Fairmont Hotel San Jose

 

Mary M. Crowe

La Playa Carmel

 

Michael Czarcinski

Westin Bonaventure

 

Michael Damodio

Embassy Suites LAX North Hotel

 

Don Dennis

Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa

 

Paul Devitt

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach

 

Shelly Domondon

Dolce Hayes Mansion

 

Jeff Durham

Redwood Fortuna Riverwalk Hotel

 

Cally Dym

Little River Inn

 

Karen Earp

Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara

 

Vania Earp

Ocean Park Inn

 

Hermann Elger

Montage Beverly Hills

 

Pete Ells

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

 

Diana Eulloqui

Manhattan Beach Marriott

 

Mia Garlow

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

 

Rob Gauthier

Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa

 

Jeroen Gerrese

Lions Gate Hotel

 

Kevin Goebel

Hilton Pleasanton at the Club

 

Scott Gold

Hotel Erwin

 

Pilar Gonzalez

Bardessono Hotel & Spa

 

Bruce J. Gorelick

JW Marriott San Francisco

 

James Greene

Bahia Resort Hotel

 

Barbara Gross

Garden Court Hotel

 

Nelum Gunewardane

Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel

 

Terri Haack

Terranea Resort

 

Liz Hall

Inn at Playa Del Rey

 

Michael Hammer

Doubletree Hotel Bakersfield

 

Jon Handlery

Handlery Hotels

 

Lawrence Havlick

Old Monterey Inn

 

Scott Hermes

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

 

Richard Hill

Sheraton Grand Sacramento

 

John Hutar

Sofitel San Francisco Bay

 

John Kalinski

Marriott Anaheim

 

Thomas Klein

The Fairmont San Francisco

 

Clark Latterell

Laurel Inn

 

Kristine Lehew

West Inn & Suites

 

Hee-Won Lim

Pacific Palms Resort & Conference Center

 

James Lim

Galleria Park Hotel

 

Peter Lynn

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

 

Kathryn Mace

Casa Laguna Inn & Spa

 

Isabelle Matter

Moorpark Hotel

 

Silvano Merlo

Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown

 

Susan Mesick

Tallman Hotel

 

Jamie Metcalf

W San Diego

 

Irby Morvant

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

 

Peggy Mosley

Groveland Hotel

 

Sietse Nabben

The Lodge at Tiburon

 

John Narigi

Monterey Plaza Hotel

 

Norval Nelson

Crowne Plaza San Francisco International Airport

 

Offer Nissinbaum

The Peninsula Beverly Hills

 

Malia Osterbauer

Portofino Hotel & Marina

 

Josephine Pallera

Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel

 

Michael Pace

Hotel Adagio

 

Bimal Patel

Hotel Zico

 

Suresh Patel

Best Western Plus Posada Royale Hotel & Suites

 

Pragna Patel-Mueller

El Colibri Boutique Hotel & Spa

 

Tom Patton

Ramada Limited

 

Michael Payton

Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach & Marina

  Arthur John Pekrul

Handlery Foundation

 

Denise Pflum

Doubletree Hotel Anaheim/Orange County

 

Sandy Piazza

Doubletree Hotel San Jose

 

Ken Pilgrim

The Westin San Francisco Market Street

 

John Porter

Benbow Inn

 

Bruce Pressman

Maple Tree Inn

 

Diane Proulx

Grand Pacific Resorts

 

Jessica Puccinelli

Hotel Angeleno

 

Kathy Quast

Roman Hot Springs Resort

 

Bill Reider

Doubletree by Hilton

 

Rick Ross

Desert Princess Golf Resort

  Michael Rotunno

Courtyard by Marriott John Wayne Airport

 

Pam Ryan

Renaissance Long Beach Hotel

 

Candace Savage

USA Today

 

Tom Scaramellino

Westin San Francisco Airport

 

John Schafer

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

 

Greg Schmidt

Residence Inn Rancho Bernardo

  Pat Seminario

Costa Mesa Marriott & Newport Beach Bayview Marriott Hotel

  Debbie Snavely

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa

 

Sandra Sooklal

Crowne Plaza Hotel L.A. Harbor

  Sal Soto

Hilton Garden Inn Emeryville

 

John Southwell

Hilton San Jose

 

Dan Stenz

Sheraton San Diego Hotel Mission Valley

 

Susan Stilwell

Tradewinds Carmel

 

Matt Swanson

Crowne Plaza Palo Alto

 

Lee Swetnika

Inn at Rolling Hills

  Marcy Tanner

Disney Hotels & Resorts

 

Christophe Thomas

Palace Hotel

 

Alyssa Turowski

Westin San Diego

 

Wes Tyler

Chancellor Hotel on Union Square

 

Justin Underwood

Doubletree Suites Hotel Doheny Beach

  Alissa Van Keuren

Ventura Marriott

 

Scott VandenBerg

Hyatt Regency Sacramento

 

John Vlahos

Hotel Potter

 

David Von Winckler

Argonaut Hotel

 

Lisa Walter

Holiday Inn Express Solvang

 

Camden Wirick

Santa Ynez Marriott Hotel

 

Amber Woods

L'Auberge Carmel

  Carolyn Yim

CLIFT

 

Candace Zuetel

Homewood Suites San Diego Airport

 

Cathlene Wong

Doubletree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley

 

Joseph Zarrahy

Crowne Plaza Hotel at Commerce Casino