Panelists for the Leadership Asheville Buzz Breakfast series finale, held Aug. 14 at the Crowne Plaza Resort’s Expo Center, included, from left, Stephanie Brown of Explore Asheville; Debra Campbell of the city of Asheville; Avril Pinder of Buncombe County; and Lakesha McDay of Dogwood Health Trust. Nancy Cable, far right, is the chancellor of UNC Asheville and moderated the discussion.
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.
“We are continually amazed by the philanthropic nature of our culinary and hospitality community here and how generous they are to the local community,” says Mary Nesbitt, chief development officer of Asheville-based hunger relief nonprofit MANNA FoodBank. “The contributions they make are immeasurable.”
WLOS Persons of the Week, Himanshu Karvir and his wife Swati Patel, have made the drive their annual passion project. They help collect hundreds of backpacks every year. “Just to find out there was such a huge need for supplies like pencils and notebooks was really surprising to me,” Himanshu said. “That’s what drives my wife and I, is we have to help people in Buncombe County. We have to help our neighbors. That’s where it starts.”
One small gesture has helped change the course of an entire community. Nearly 30 Asheville-area hotels have raised over $30,000 to help end hunger in Western North Carolina through an unprecedented campaign effort called Sweet Dreams, Full Plates: Hospitality Feeds Families.