As one of Marriott’s 7,000 properties, McKibbon Hospitality’s Aloft Asheville Downtown just put the national spotlight on Asheville after receiving the Alice S. Marriott Award for Community Service. This is an incredible honor highlighting the Aloft team’s dedication to serving our community.  The award, which receives hundreds of nominations each year, was initially created to honor the late Marriott Co-Founder Alice S. Marriott—mother of Executive Chairman/Chairman of the Board, Bill Marriott. Those who have been presented with this award exemplify Alice’s philosophy, “By generously giving our time, energy and resources, we enrich the lives of others.”

The activities that earned Aloft Asheville this prestigious award include providing shelter to the homeless through Homeward Bound; working to end hunger with MANNA FoodBank; teaching students career and life skills through Eliada Homes; providing care and love to special needs and disadvantaged children; raising awareness for breast cancer; improving the arts and education in the Asheville community; and rehoming hundreds of rescue dogs through their successful foster dog program, Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue.

Accepting the award for The Aloft was former Aloft General Manager David McCartney—recently promoted to general manager of the soon to open Hotel Arras—who received the news via congratulatory letters from Bill Marriott and Marriott’s President/CEO Arne Sorenson. “An authentic dedication to the community is of high importance at all McKibbon hotels, so this recognition is truly a special accomplishment for Aloft Asheville,” said John McKibbon, Chairman of McKibbon Hospitality and a current Member of the BCTDA.