Windsor Court Honors St. Michael Special School At Tree Lighting

NEW ORLEANS – The Windsor Court Hotel proclaimed the St. Michael Special School the winner of their “30 Ways to Give Back” contest and the recipient of an event at the hotel valued at $10,000. Windsor Court General Manager David Teich announced the winner as part of the hotel’s annual Tree Lighting event on Monday, Dec. 1, and in celebration of the hotel’s 30 anniversary.

          “The ‘30 Ways to Give Back’ contest is one way that we are saying thank you to our community for supporting us for over 30 years,” said David Teich. “We are proud to recognize St. Michael Special School as the winner of the contest, and we are thankful of all the work they do to help students in our area with special educational needs.”

         The St. Michael Special School is designed to help students with major learning difficulties that hinder their ability to achieve success in a regular class setting. The primary mission of St. Michael Special School is to provide students with special educational needs, opportunities to develop their Catholic faith, and to receive a high quality education including religious, academic, social, vocational and physical training.

         The hotel launched the “30 Ways to Give Back” contest earlier this month. Facilitated through the Windsor Court’s Facebook page, the contest invited the public to vote for the nonprofit they found most deserving of the grand prize. The contest highlighted 30 local service organizations that positively impact the New Orleans area. For the final round of voting, the field of 30 organizations was narrowed down to the top five organizations with the most votes, including Eden House, New Orleans Family Justice Center, Our School at Blair Grocery, Parkway Partners and St. Michael Special School.

         Posts, shares and tweets about the contest reached more than 65,000 people, and the contest generated over 6,000 votes. Representatives from the top five organizations were present at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony to hear the announcement of the winning organization with the most votes. The remaining top four organizations received gift certificates for two-night stays at the hotel.

         The contest announcement was one part of Windsor Court’s annual celebration to light the 20-foot tall tree in the grand lobby with approximately 25,000 lights. The event included cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a performance from New Orleans Songbird Robin Barnes.

         “2014 marks the 30th year Windsor Court has celebrated the holiday season with festive decorations in our grand lobby,” said David Teich. “The annual tree lighting event has become a New Orleans tradition for so many families and one we look forward to carrying on for decades to come.”

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