Fight Against Breast Cancer

Susan G. Komen Fundraiser

This year, Pheasant Run Resort is taking on the fight against breast cancer. We have created a Pheasant Run Campaign so that we can raise funds to stop this disease that affects 1 in 8 women during their lifetime.

As the world’s largest and most impactful breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen supports more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside the U.S. government, while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.

More Than Pink Project

In addition to an online fundraising campaign, we will be selling some items at our Activities desk at Pheasant Run to help us raise money. Purchase our pink merchandise during activities hours to show your support for the cause. We will be selling items throughout October or until sold out with 100% of the collected money to be donated to Komen.

  • $1 Pink Ribbons

  • $2 Pins

  • $2 Pink Wrist Bands

Mainstage Theater for Breast Cancer Awareness

Thanks to our in-house AV team at Vidtech, we have also lit up our Mainstage Theater pink to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness.

We want to join Susan G. Komen in their efforts to end breast cancer forever and we are asking for your help to make that vision a reality. Your gift will help Susan G. Komen provide education, screening and treatment programs for women and men in our community, and support cutting-edge research so that one day we can live in a world without breast cancer.

We thank you in advance for your generosity and support!

Spring Wrap Up at Pheasant Run

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we turn to thoughts of summer with families lounging by the pool, ordering drinks from the splash bar, and hitting the links! We thought we'd take a moment to slow down and savor some of the highlights from Spring at the Run.

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Earth Day

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A group of us volunteered at our St Charles Park District's Primrose Farm for Earth Day. We spent the afternoon walking the farm countryside picking up trash uncovered from the recently melted snow. It was a beautiful day to pitch in at the farm and gave us a taste of the Farm Life Experience package we offer to our guests. Although they get to do the fun stuff like groom horses and feed chickens!

Pheasant Run In Bloom

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Our grounds team has been working tirelessly to spruce up Pheasant Run after a long, long winter! Spring came slowly to St Charles, but the grounds team is making us look great!

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The blooms are starting to take root overlooking our putting green. 

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We plant red geraniums as a St Charles citywide initiative to win the American in Bloom Contest held in July. Last year St. Charles was named the winning community in our population category!

A Moment of Zen from our Pond

On The Job Training

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As the spring semester comes to an end, so does the On The Job Training for local St Charles East students. During spring semester they pitched in with housekeeping cleaning and folding towels and were a huge help to sales and marketing folding our never-ending pile of brochures and resort guides. This is such a meaningful program for the students, giving them hands on experience in the workforce, and we're honored to be a part of their growth.

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We're ready to welcome summer, how about you? 

Hampton Inn & Homewood Suites West Loop Celebrate Earth Week

In celebration of Earth Week, the hotel’s Promise Committee partnered with Openlands and the students of Morrill Math and Science Elementary School to plant three trees around the elementary school grounds. The money used to plant and feed the trees was raised by the Promise Committee during 2017’s Earth Week, donating $1500 to Openlands, an organization that protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives.

The trees were named Bud, Lewis, and Dottie as one tree had several little buds ready to sprout, another Lewis - for Lewis the Duck the Homewood Suites mascot, and Dottie as she had speckled bark.

A big thank you to our Promise Committee, volunteers, and all that supported the hotel’s Earth Week efforts!

Mart Plaza Executive Chef Teaches Culinary and Etiquette Class to Students

In the ongoing partnership between the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza and George Manierre Elementary School, the Mart Plaza's Executive Chef, Gabriel Ortega, is teaching a 4-week Culinary and Etiquette class for the students of George Manierre. 

The first Culinary and Etiquette class was conducted on Wednesday, March 14th as Chef Gabriel demonstrated how to prepare a tossed vinaigrette salad as well as proper table etiquette. Fifteen students were in attendance. Classes will be held once a week on  Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:00pm and will continue until April  4, 2018.

Please join us in thanking Chef Gabriel for volunteering his time at George Manierre Elementary School!

Read Across America Day

 Violet Murillo (Merchants Market), Liliana Ayala (Catering), Frank Alba (Sales), Tina Beverly (Human Resources), Florence Gardner (Accounting)

Violet Murillo (Merchants Market), Liliana Ayala (Catering), Frank Alba (Sales), Tina Beverly (Human Resources), Florence Gardner (Accounting)

Earlier today, members of the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza's Promise Committees read to the students of George Manierre Elementary School in celebration of #ReadAcrossAmericaDay, which also happens to be Dr. Seuss's birthday!

Thank you Violet, Liliana, Frank, Tina and Florence for volunteering your time! It was greatly appreciated by the students and faculty.

 

Pheasant Run Goes Over the Edge

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We are excited to announce Over the Edge 4 Girl ScoutsGirl Scouts of Northern Illinois’s one of a kind fundraising event. This unique opportunity shatters stereotypes with a rappelling and fundraising adventure like you have never imagined!

Girl Scouts are all about seeking challenges to help them develop positive attitudes, learn more, and set goals with appropriate risks.

Over the Edge is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these girls (and anyone 14 and up) to support Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. Participants will raise funds and be rewarded with an incredible adventure by rappelling down 16 stories at Pheasant Run Resort in Saint Charles!

We're calling all outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers, fitness buffs, bucket-list-achievers and anyone who wants to invest in a girl's future to participate in this unbelievable event.

Mark your calendar for June 2, 2018 when Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will go Over the Edge with a rappel off the 16-story Pheasant Run Resort Tower!

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Find out more about Over the Edge 4 Girl Scouts HERE.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

On July 14  the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza hosted its annual Blood Drive with the American Red Cross.

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A big THANK YOU to the 53 volunteers that signed-up for the Blood Drive. 41 of the 53 were able to give blood for this amazing cause!

Feeding Our Hungry Neighbors

Our Promise Committee set out to connect with a charity in our community and we found the Northern IL Food Bank nearly right in our back yard. 

We quickly were able to create an online donation site to encourage our guests and employees to donate funds to our cause. We created informational pieces on our website to help promote the food bank and provide valuable team building opportunities for our meetings and conventions. Every little bit helps. Did you know that they can provide $8 of food for every $1 donated? That's amazing!

 Excited to get going!  Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

Excited to get going!  Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

We wanted to get out there and get involved ourselves and so we formed a group to volunteer for a shift at the warehouse packing food. When we arrived we were given a brief orientation about the food bank and the good work they do and then we got down to work!

 Patricia Quinn (Director of HR) & Brittany Norris (Catering Sales Manager) help box up 36 pounds of bologna! Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

Patricia Quinn (Director of HR) & Brittany Norris (Catering Sales Manager) help box up 36 pounds of bologna! Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

It's amazing how people from all different parts of the hotel can come together as a team to get the job done, jumping in where needed! We're used to seeing this around Pheasant Run. 

 Dan Murray (Golf/Grounds Superintendent) & Nick Kolb (Chief Engineer) were pros with the boxes! Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

Dan Murray (Golf/Grounds Superintendent) & Nick Kolb (Chief Engineer) were pros with the boxes! Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

The three-hour shift seemed to fly by as we quickly completed three projects for the food bank that day. All in all (with a little help from another organization working alongside us), we packaged 24,042 pounds of food, providing 20,035 meals for hungry neighbors in Northern Illinois!

 Lisa K. Adams (Marketing Manager) & Mathias Dalbera (Director of Revenue) place labels on bologna before boxing it up. Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

Lisa K. Adams (Marketing Manager) & Mathias Dalbera (Director of Revenue) place labels on bologna before boxing it up. Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

All in all, it was three hours well spent! We added our names to the giant name tag ball representing the thousands of previous volunteers who have passed through this warehouse. We encourage you to get out there and do the same!

 Top Left to Right: Lisa K. Adams, Berenice Cruz (Administrative Assistant), Brittany Norris, Saida Cisneros (Director of Housekeeping), Patricia Quinn. Bottom Left to Right: Nick Kolb, Mathias Dalbera, Dan Murray. Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

Top Left to Right: Lisa K. Adams, Berenice Cruz (Administrative Assistant), Brittany Norris, Saida Cisneros (Director of Housekeeping), Patricia Quinn. Bottom Left to Right: Nick Kolb, Mathias Dalbera, Dan Murray. Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

   Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

  Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® Pop Tabs Program

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The Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza has joined in the journey of becoming a member of the Ronald McDonald House "Thanks-a-Million" Club. 

Background Information

"Thanks-a-Million" Club was created with the needs of families in mind. The mission of RMHC-CNI is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community. RMHC-CNI keeps families of hospitalized children together in a ‘home away from home’.

Through this program 153 families are able to stay close to their loved ones that are experiencing illness that requires lengthy hospital stays. Pop tabs are recycled by the Ronald McDonald recycling partner, United Scrap Metal, and the charity will then receives the market value of the recycled materials, plus a charitable match from United Scrap Metal.

The Impact of this amazing charity

In 2014, RMHC-CNI raised more than $40,000 from this program, which provides 800 nights of care and comfort for families. This allows families to save $160,000 in hotel and food costs.

As of June 23, 2017 the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza has collected 29.6 pounds which totals over 37,000 pop tabs!

Would you like to be a part of our journey?

Start collecting pop tabs and send them to Tina Beverly, Director of Human Resources at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza.

Together we can reach the one million goal!

Ronald McDonald "Meals From The Heart"

On June 20th, the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza team went the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children's Hospital. The Ronald McDonald House created the "Meals from the Heart" program to help feed families after a long day spent at the hospital with their loved ones. Their goal is to provide families a chance to unwind and de-stress in order to be their best for when their children need them. The Holiday Inn Team prepared lunch and served over 40 families and their loved ones. A big thank you to all who participated in this amazing event!

 

“Cookies from the Heart” at Ronald McDonald House

On March 28th the HIMP's Promise Committee  baked over 250 delicious cookies for the children and families at Ronald McDonald House in the Streeterville neighborhood. Thank you to all the volunteers. A special thank you to our Chef Gabriel for providing the cookie dough!

 

Talk About Artist Appreciation

When we started celebrating our artists, we had no idea one lady would really shine. It turns out she is not only an artist in her role as Administrative Assistant to the sales and marketing team, she is a real life artist as well.

We recently had the opportunity to participate in the Downtown Saint Charles Partnership Chair-ity Event. We wanted to reconnect with our community and thought this would be a great way to connect while advertising Pheasant Run all summer long. 

The idea is that individuals and businesses paint an adirondack chair and it is displayed in the Saint Charles downtown area all summer long and later auctioned off for charity. We approached Berenice Cruz about taking on the daunting task of painting a chair to represent Pheasant Run Resort and boy did she deliver!

We're currently campaigning to win the facebook contest. You can cast your vote for us by clicking HERE and giving the photo a like. We also just kicked off a social media contest where we are asking folks to take a picture with the chair and share on Instagram for a chance to win an overnight stay and tickets to our comedy club, Zanies.

I would say we couldn't be more proud of Berenice, except that in the very next month she was put to the test to create a flower pot for the Saint Charles in Bloom contest. Another stunning piece of art that just tied for first place last weekend for Best Overall Theme.

 

Thank you so much to Berenice Cruz for creating such wonderful images to represent Pheasant Run Resort and give us such a positive image in our community.

Faces of Travel @ Pheasant Run

National Travel and Tourism Week serves to champion the power of our industry. This year's theme, Faces of Travel, recognized the millions of people who keep this industry strong.

Here at Pheasant Run Resort, we wanted to celebrate our Artists in a big way. We invited our Mayor and City Administrator along with the press for a behind the scenes tour of the faces that make Pheasant Run successful.

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Lindsay, Front Office Manager started our tour.

We continued the tour to our Library, where we met with Maria, Accounts Payable Clerk (who has been with Hostmark for 10 years) and Regina, Human Resources Coordinator, ho has been with us for 25 years!

Jamie, PGA Professional and Golf Operations Manager spoke about the 26 golf outings we have scheduled for 2017, the 24,000 rounds of golf we anticipate this year, and that our course was just awarded Best Public Golf Course, West Suburban Magazine.

Executive Chef Tiffany spoke in our Club House Lounge about her garden and providing Farm to Table fare for Harvest Restaurant. 

Lori, owner of Spa Vargas Wellness, spoke about focus on wellness and athlete services that sets them apart. They also provide training through Spa Vargas University.

Margy, Director of Convention Services, spoke about the 250,000 visitors to the Mega Center each year and that we have attractions in our facility 46 weekends of the year. These visitors stay at our hotels, other local hotels, and patronize local businesses in Saint Charles, IL.

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Gabby, Marketing Manager from the Arcada Theater, shared with the press our partnership to bring entertainment back to our theater. They are actively booking entertainment, but we can already look forward to performances of Aladdin Jr and Hairspray this summer!

We concluded our tour on our revived Bourbon Street in the heart of Pheasant Run Resort. Zanies Comedy Club has been bringing nationally known comics like Gilbert Gottfried, Drew Carey, Emo Philips, and Tommy Chong to Pheasant Run for 27 years. With 250 seats in the club, four shows a week, they have easily brought over a million people to Pheasant Run.

Adriana, a Kitchen Supervisor, spoke of the work her team does in cold prep and what really goes into preparing for our extravagant Mother's Day Brunch this weekend.

iPANiC Escape Room has just opened a new room called Bourbon Street Voodoo this week and will be adding a second pirate-themed room, Shipwrecked, soon. 

The St Charles Arts Council is currently hosting a Pop Up Gallery featuring local artists, and Elizabeth from the council shared with the press what a great experience it has been working with us to bring art to Bourbon Street again.

Overall an amazing show of support and enthusiasm for Travel & Tourism Week at Pheasant Run Resort in Saint Charles, IL. We're all very excited for the great things happening at the Run and now key members of our city are getting excited about it too! 

Everything Under The Rainbow

In March, Hostmark Artists at Pheasant Run connected with our community by joining the Downtown St Charles Partnership and participating in the annual St Patrick's Day Parade. 

We decorated our hay ride trailer with a golden rainbow and created distinct banners for the event to showcase Pheasant Run Resort to the local community.

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We invited our employees and guests to join us for this fun event and had a great group of participants including our very own Pheasant mascot.

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We passed out chocolate golden coins along the parade route along with coupons for the Resort Course at Pheasant Run for a great deal on golf and great rates for staycations.

Not only was the event great fun, we placed third in the Business Showcase category and were presented with an award at the St Charles city council meeting in April.

Pheasant Run 3rd Place Business Showcase - Downtown St Charles Partnership
3rd Place Business Showcase

Stay tuned for more from our friendly Pheasant Mascot!

Grand Strand Community Involvement

The Holiday Inn Oceanfront @ Surfside Beach hosted the Grand Strand Pride Give Out Day Happy Hour on April 20th, 2017. We provided complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drink specials.  It was a great success! 

Give Out Day

Give OUT Day is the ONLY national day of giving for the LGBTQ community - a 24 hour online fundraising event that unites the LGBTQ community from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and D.C. to raise critically needed funds. Throughout the day-long event, thousands of people make gifts to support a vast array of LGBTQ nonprofits across the country, ranging from the arts to social services agencies, advocacy groups to sports leagues, community centers to health care nonprofits.

*The Grand Strand is a large stretch of beaches on the East Coast of the United States extending from Little River to Georgetown in the U.S. State of South Carolina.