As part of our commitment to the local communities and our dedication to cultivating a family-like culture, we created Ayres Cares, a program for community outreach and support. We’ve curated a variety of different programs focused on uplifting our community, the environment, and our team members. From scholarship programs to mentoring and event sponsorship, we are proud to support the Southern California community.
Read on to learn more about our Ayres Cares programs.
Adopt a Family is a program we created to celebrate our employees and foster a sense of family among the Ayres Hotels teams. Through this program, we select team members and their families to receive extra special gifts for the holiday season. The selected families enjoy a range of gifts purchased by upper management team members. Team members nominated for the program are chosen based on qualifications including a length of employment and number of children. Once selected, the families create a wish list of items to be purchased by upper management. The gifts are wrapped by the corporate office and delivered to the families before Christmas. We believe that when our team members are valued as a family, we can work better as a team to create more memorable experiences for our guests.
We are excited to support the continued education of our team members and their families through our Ayres Cares Scholarship program. We offer three types of scholarships: one for applicants pursuing degrees in hospitality, business, finance, accounting or economics; one for applicants pursuing degrees in any other field; and one for applicants chosen at the discretion of the committee. Our scholarships are available to our team members and their children. There are no education requirements or age limits to apply. We truly believe that education and personal growth are of the utmost importance, and nothing makes us happier than helping our team members achieve their academic goals and realize their dreams. Success for our team members is success for the Ayres family.
Sponsored by the Children’s Hospital of Orange County in partnership with Disneyland Resort, the CHOC Walk in the Park is a charitable event with the goal of raising funds for healthcare programs, education, and research for children across Southern California. Ayres Hotels became involved in the CHOC Walk in the early ‘90s at the suggestion of our then-CFO, Jim Relvis. The CHOC Walk is a great opportunity for us to bring together team members from different properties and further foster a family-like work culture. Last year, we had 85 team members participate and raised more than $15,000.