Carlson Hotels Worldwide and La Escuelita Partner to Encourage Academics and Activity for Area Latino Youth

Minneapolis, MN | November 17, 2008

La Escuelita, a leading program in the state that provides academic support for Latino youth in the Twin Cities, and Carlson Hotels Worldwide are working together to provide activity and book bags to the children at the facility. The tote bags are from Carlson Hotels' Radisson Hotels & Resorts and Country Inns & Suites hotel brands and contain a fun activity map, colored pencil and goggles. The two organizations will also participate in some Thanksgiving and Latino holiday activities.

"We wanted to provide a multi-purpose tote bag with some fun items that can help encourage children in the Latino community to stay active in school and in extra-curricular activities," said Baron Carr, vice president of Brand Marketing for Carlson Hotels Worldwide, who donated the bags on behalf of Radisson Hotels & Resorts and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson.

Maria Seiler, vice president of diversity for Carlson Hotels Worldwide, is a board member for La Escuelita.

Blanca Raniolo, program director at La Escuelita, helped organize the donation and event today at the after school program she manages. David Albornoz is the Executive Director of the program.

"The bag donation is a nice fit for our program which aims to keep kids active and focused on their school work," said Raniolo.

The bag donation at La Escuelita is part of a larger effort by Carlson Hotels Worldwide to reach out to local youth groups including La Escuelita, the YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Red Cross relief efforts for hurricane victims in Houston and San Antonio, Texas and flood victims in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The company has donated more than 15,000 bags valued at more than $302,000.

About La Escuelita:
La Escuelita is the premier organization in Minnesota that provides academic support for students of color in a culturally and linguistically appropriate educational setting. Despite the exponential growth of youth of color in our schools, we remain the only minority-led organization serving students of color inMinnesota. At La Escuelita we believe that in every challenge there is an opportunity, and as we head into our 17th consecutive year of service La Escuelita we look forward to meeting the opportunities that new times will bring along! For more information on La Escuelita, visit www.laescuelita.org.

About Carlson Hotels Worldwide:

Carlson Hotels Worldwide includes 995 locations in 74 countries. Specific brands include: Regent® Hotels & Resorts; Radisson Hotels & Resorts®; Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson℠; and Park Inn®. Carlson Hotels Worldwide is one of the major operating groups of Carlson, a global leader in providing corporate solutions and consumer services in the marketing, travel and hospitality industries. For more information on Carlson Hotels, visit www.carlsonhotels.com.

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