MINNEAPOLIS (July 11, 2018) – Country Inn & Suites® by Radisson has launched its Military 1st Thank-You Card Design Contest to help in the creation of new thank-you card designs honoring United States’ service members. Four winners will have their designs featured on cards that will be available at more than 450 Country Inn & Suites by Radisson hotels around the U.S. for guests to write messages to U.S. troops around the world.
“Since launching our Military 1st program last year we have collected thousands of thank-you cards from our guests around the country,” said Ken Greene, president, Americas, Radisson Hotel Group. “We are humbled to play a small part in helping to share our sincere gratitude to those who make big sacrifices on our behalf.”
The contest is part of the Military 1st program, which is a partnership between Country Inn & Suites by Radisson and Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude annually sends 250,000+ individually addressed care packages to U.S. Service Members deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to veterans, new recruits, first responders, wounded heroes and their care givers. Every Country Inn & Suites by Radisson hotel in the U.S. has a thank-you note station in the lobby area, giving guests the opportunity to show their gratitude to America’s heroes. Messages are collected and delivered inside Operation Gratitude Care Packages to troops serving overseas.
As part of the Military 1st program, active military, veterans and spouses receive a special military rate on hotel rooms for leisure travel and are automatically qualified for an upgrade to the best room available (subject to availability during check-in).
“We are excited to partner with Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, giving their guests the opportunity to express their appreciation to those who serve,” said Kevin Schmiegel, Chief Executive Officer of Operation Gratitude. “Providing opportunities for our nation to say ‘Thank You’ to Service Members and their families is critically important, because so many grateful citizens want to do so, but many don’t know how.”