Area host hotels for the Southern Conference Basketball Championship, along with two additional Virtelle Hospitality properties, participated in the 3rd Annual Hoops Against Hunger Hotel Challenge in the weeks leading up to the tournament.

The hotels collected food donations from their guests and employees in effort to help feed thousands of children in Western North Carolina. They were judged on the amount and variety of food collected, as well as their team spirit for the competition. About 10,000 food items were collected, each equating to a snack or meal for a child.

The winning hotels were Hilton Garden Inn, with 3,239 food items and Hyatt Place, which collected nearly 2,300 food items

Thank you to the following hotels for caring for our community: Crowne Plaza, Cambria Hotel, Doubletree Hotel, Hampton Inn Biltmore, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Biltmore Park, Hyatt Place, Renaissance Hotel, Sheraton Four Points, Holiday Inn Biltmore West, Holiday Inn Express & Suites SW Outlet Center, Comfort Suites Outlets, Quality Inn & Suites Biltmore East.

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1st Place Winner: Hilton Garden Inn

2nd Place Winner: Hyatt Place