Hilton Baltimore Continues Strong Commitment to City’s CollegeBound Foundation with Second $200,000 Contribution

City’s Convention Hotel Pledges 15-Year, $3-Million Contribution to Help Baltimore City Students Advance Their Education

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October 28, 2009

BALTIMORE, Md. -  Upon its one-year anniversary, Hilton Baltimore reinforced its commitment to the CollegeBound Foundation by issuing its second installment of a $200,000 annual contribution to the non-profit organization. In total, Hilton Worldwide has made a 15-year, $3 million commitment to CollegeBound programs.

To launch their partnership and recognize the first group of scholars, the CollegeBound Foundation, which works exclusively with Baltimore City students to help them achieve a post-secondary education, and Hilton Baltimore held their first joint Annual Scholars' Luncheon in July to honor the Hilton Scholars and raise money for the Foundation.

Hilton Baltimore's contribution of $200,000 annually will help launch a program through the Foundation to increase educational opportunities for Baltimore students who are pursuing a career in the hospitality industry. The luncheon also honored and celebrated the accomplishments of the organization's students with over 540 attendees. As CollegeBound's only annual fundraiser, proceeds were designated toward the expense of higher education for students enrolled in CollegeBound programs.

"It is with tremendous pride that Hilton Baltimore announced this extensive commitment to the CollegeBound Foundation, which does such amazing work in helping the students in our City schools further their education," said Linda Westgate, Hilton Baltimore general manager. "Hilton Worldwide is dedicated to supporting continued education and our organization has remained loyal in its commitment to improving opportunities for students in the City of Baltimore."

"A partnership such as this means more opportunity for the children of Baltimore," said Teresa Perrera, Development Director. "When a large corporation embraces the city in which they do business, it only means a positive impact on everyone. It is clear that the Hilton understands the importance of educating our youth,"

This year, Hilton Baltimore and the CollegeBound Foundation recognized 16 Hilton Scholars , who are currently college freshmen, from Baltimore City including:

Joshua Brown, Coppin State
Gregg Whitney, Towson University
Brittani Harris, Morgan State University
Marteka Hill, Morgan State University
Matthew Holland, Towson University
Antica Howell, Coppin State
Kevin Johnson, Morgan State University
Miguel Johnson, Morgan State University
Kristina Karim-Makle, McDaniel College
Michael Lamkin, Bowie State
Joshua Wagoner, Morgan State University
Alyssia Wagstaff, West Virginia University
Mone't Webb, Capitol College
Ashley Williams, UMD Eastern Shore
Chejuan Williams, Bowie State
Malaika Williams, Penn State University

About Hilton Baltimore

The Hilton Baltimore features 883,000 square feet of interior space, including 757 deluxe guest rooms, and is the only hotel in the city providing an enclosed pedestrian sky bridge to the Baltimore Convention Center. The hotel offers planners 60,000 square feet of flexible function space, including the 25,000 square foot Francis Scott Key ballroom, 15,000 square foot Billie Holiday ballroom, and an additional 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. All guestrooms at Hilton Baltimore feature Hilton Serenity CollectionTM bedding and bath experience with Suite Dreams® plush-top mattress, down duvet and pillows, and exclusive Crabtree & Evelyn La Source® bath products. Hilton Baltimore also offers a heated indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna, Hilton Fitness by Precor® USA Center, Diamond Tavern and The Lobby Bar.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 90 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Our brands are comprised of more than 3,300 hotels in 77 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®.

For more information about the company, please visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.

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About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

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