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Holiday Parking Fee To Non-Profits

The Grove Park Inn is getting into the true holiday spirit of giving this year. They have decided for this year's gingerbread house display, half of the $10 parking fee will go towards a local non-profit.

The following is a press release from the Omni Grove Park Inn:

ASHEVILLE, NC (October 23, 2013) The holiday season hits full swing on November 20 as The 21st Annual National Gingerbread House Competition display begins at The Omni Grove Park Inn. What began as a small contest in 1992 has become a national competition, garnering 200 of the very best entries by amateur pastry artists from across the country. Each year the amazing creations entered into this contest decorate the halls of The Omni Grove Park Inn along with over 80 holiday trees and countless lights and decorations. Seeing these spectacular works of edible art along with all of the Inns festive decorations has become a true family tradition for out of town visitors as well as local guests.

As a means to preserve the overall guest experience, The Omni Grove Park Inn will open its doors to the public to view the Gingerbread display and holiday splendor from Sunday through Thursday, excluding holidays. In an effort to create the most enjoyable holiday experience for all of our visitors, we have added a weekend day to the public viewing in response to several requests from last season, stated General Manager, Barry Sondern. A $10 parking charge will also be in effect for all drive on guests -one charge per vehicle, based on availability. The charge will cover the increased number of employees necessary to man the additional traffic flow and to provide greater guest service as well as directional signage for the holidays.

However, this holiday parking charge comes with a twist. Half of each parking charge collected this holiday season will be returned to the community in support of one of six local not-for-profits, Managing Director, Gary Froeba said. The true spirit of the holidays is all about helping others. We are proud to partner with six wonderful organizations that offer direct assistance to so many and make this community a better place to call home.

The decorations, including the Gingerbread display, fill the Inn for six solid weeks, November 20, 2013 January 2, 2014.  During each of these weeks one of the following not-for-profits will receive the proceeds from the holiday parking charge.
November 20 26: Children First/Communities in Schools-
November 27 December 3: Asheville City Schools Foundation -
December 4 10: MANNA FoodBankMANNA Packs for Kids -
December 11 17: Council on Aging of Buncombe County - 
December 18 24: Mission Childrens Hospital -
December 25 January 2: Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina

I would like to invite everyone to visit the Inn over the holidays, to celebrate the beauty of the season and to give back to our community through these six worthwhile organizations, said Froeba. 


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