|ARLINGTON, Va., August 25, 2006-BridgeStreet Worldwide, a leading international provider of corporate housing, today announced that, on the one-year anniversary of the natural disaster that struck New Orleans, the company is planning to flood that city again-not with water, but with a major donation of bedding and housewares. The donation is part of a week-long event to call attention to the major rebuilding efforts needed to restore one of the nation's most beloved cities.
Organized by Rebuilding Together, BridgeStreet Worldwide and 21 other corporate partners, including Countrywide, Fannie Mae Corporation and the Home Depot - the event marks the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the organization's progress to date in reaching their goal of restoring 1,000 homes in New Orleans. Rebuilding Together is a national non-profit organization that preserves and revitalizes houses and communities.
Employees at BridgeStreet offices in Falls Church, Va. and Chicago, Ill. will pack 35-foot-long trucks with hundreds of comforters, blankets, pillows, sheets, and mattress pads, as well as dishes, silverware, microwave ovens and VCRs, all bound for New Orleans. The trucks are scheduled to arrive on Thursday, August 24, at one of several residences currently undergoing repair and renovation by organization volunteers.
"This is a company-wide event for us, with all 15 of our offices participating," said Lee Curtis, BridgeStreet president. "Once a year as a company, we do a charitable event as part of our corporate values to give something back to the community. For the past few years we have worked closely with Rebuilding Together, and we look forward to building on that relationship."
BridgeStreet Worldwide, a subsidiary of Interstate Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: IHR ), is one of the world's largest corporate housing providers. BridgeStreet and its network of Global Partners offer more than 9,800 corporate apartments located in 95 MSAs throughout the United States and internationally. BridgeStreet properties meet uncompromising standards of quality, comfort and service. For more information about the company or to learn more about how BridgeStreet is Making Corporate Housing Easy, visit www.bridgestreet.com or call 1-800-BSTREET.