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Benchmark Vice President & GM, Laura Neumann, Named Chairman
of Pikes Peak Region Boys & Girls Club;
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"Hometown Hospitality Caring for our Communities" Benefits Kids in Colorado

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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, February 2008 - Laura Neumann, Benchmark Hospitality's vice president and general manager for Cheyenne Mountain Resort of Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been elected chairman of the board for the Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region.  Ms. Neumann will be responsible for overseeing the activities and fund raising initiatives of the Pikes Peak Region chapter of the national Boys & Girls Club organization. 

"I'm just thrilled to play such an active role in this wonderful organization that benefits children," stated Ms. Neumann.  "It is important work that the Boys & Girls Club does and we at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, and our management company, Benchmark Hospitality International, want to support this work in any way we can."  Ms. Neumann continued with, "Our employees are always on the move in the communities they call home - continually embracing the challenge to find ways of participating in spirit and deed. Caring for our communities is not a pastime, it's our passion."

In recognizing Neumann's new leadership role, James Sullivan, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club said, "This is one of the strongest boards that the Boys & Girls Club has had in many years.  Laura is a natural leader." 

The highly admired Boys & Girls Club organization has for 120 years been helping young people -- especially those from disadvantaged circumstances -- realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.  A member of the board since 2003, Ms. Neumann was most recently the Chapter's vice chair as well as chair of the Resource Development Committee. In addition, she has been instrumental in making Cheyenne Mountain Resort an important supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region. Not only has the resort provided the venue for fund raisers and other activities, but resort staff have volunteered their time and participated in Boys & Girls Club events. 

Ms. Neumann's and Cheyenne Mountain Resort's support of the Boys & Girls Club reflects the Hometown Hospitality Caring for our Communities outreach initiatives of the resort's operator, Benchmark Hospitality International. 
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Laura Neumann surrounded by members of the Pikes Peak Region Boys & Girls Club 
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About the Boys & Girls Club 

The Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region has three locations where children 5 to 18 years old receive character and leadership development, education and career exploration, health and life skills, art and cultural awareness, and sports, fitness and recreational opportunities. The club provides a safe place to learn and grow ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, and most of all, hope and opportunity. To learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pikes Peak Region, visit www.bgcppr.org  or call 719-570-7077. 

About Cheyenne Mountain Resort 

Set on 217 lush acres, Cheyenne Mountain Resort captures the rugged charm of the Rockies with design elements of native moss rock, massive beams, rough-sawn siding and cedar shakes. The resort features 316 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, each with a private balcony with mountain and golf course views; 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space; a championship Pete Dye-designed golf course; five swimming pools; 18 tennis courts, squash and racquetball courts as well as a pro shop; Health & Fitness Center; Aquatics Center, and a 35-acre recreation lake where guests enjoy sailboards, canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, volleyball on a sand beach, and catch-and-release fly fishing (the lake is stocked with big German Browns and rainbow trout). For more information contact 719-538-4000 or toll-free 800-428-8886 or visit www.cheyennemountain.com. Benchmark Hospitality International operates Cheyenne Mountain Resort. 

About Hometown Hospitality Caring For Our Communities 

The 'Hometown Hospitality Caring For Our Communities' program of Benchmark Hospitality International advances the philanthropic endeavors of the leading hospitality management company through employee volunteer programs, in-kind donations and community outreach activities.  Benchmark believes that responsible corporate citizenship recognizes the inalienable link between a healthy and vibrant community and the health and well being of a company and its employees. Hometown Hospitality Caring for Our Communities encourages and enables Benchmark employees globally to seek leading roles in the communities in which they live and work and the world community as well by supporting social, educational, and cultural programs, either through property-developed initiatives or through partnering with existing services. 

About Benchmark Hospitality International 

Benchmark Hospitality International, an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, operates resorts, conference centers, hotels and condominium resorts both domestically and internationally.  For locations of Benchmark Hospitality properties and for additional information, visit Benchmark's Website at www.benchmarkhospitality.com

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Contact:

Ken Ellens 
Ken Ellens Communications 
201-758-2864 / 201-758-2865-Fax 
KenEllens@aol.com

Ed Placidi/Marian Gerlich 
P&G Communications 
818-786-8687, pgworld@aol.com
 

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Also See: Benchmark Hospitality's Cheyenne Mountain Resort Awarded Four Diamonds, First Time in Resort's History / November 2007
Benchmark Hospitality's Cheyenne Mountain Resort Honored as Best Good Neighbor In Colorado by National Restaurant Association; Receives 'Restaurant Neighbor Award' for the State / September 2007
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