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Company Donates Almost $3,000 to Charities Helping People, Communities and Pets  

Five Oakwood employees were recently recognized for their passion and commitment to helping others as part of the Oakwood Gives Back program sponsored by Oakwood, the global leader in furnished and serviced apartments. Now in its second year, the program awarded a total of $2,750 to charities selected by the employee honorees.

“These five employees truly embody the spirit of volunteerism, which is so valuable to our company,” says Howard F. Ruby, Oakwood Founder, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. “We’re proud to recognize their enthusiasm for going above and beyond to help people, communities and animals in need. And it really reflects the high caliber of people we have working here. We’re proud of our associates who regularly give back to their communities – from thousands of volunteer hours, to participation in 5K walks and food, clothing and blood drives, to so many other ways.”

This year’s honorees each selected a charity to receive Oakwood’s donations in their names. They are:

&middot         Amy Hanashiro, Executive Assistant Manager at Oakwood Premier Tokyo Midtown in Japan, who chose the Konishiki Kids Foundation in Oahu, Hawaii, to receive $1,000

&middot         Stephanni Ayson, a Reservationist in Tempe, Az., who selected the Arthritis Foundation in Atlanta, Ga., to receive $500

&middot         Erin Bristol, Client Account Manager in New York, who chose the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in White Plains, N.Y., to receive $500

&middot         Ross Nordin, Manager of Sales and Marketing Analysis in Los Angeles, who selected the Young Angels of America in Pacific Palisades, Ca., to receive $500 and

&middot         Kristen Zimmerman, Vice President of Asset Development in Los Angeles, who selected Noah’s Bark Pet Rescue in Los Angeles to receive $250.

Hanashiro was recognized for her work helping so many people left homeless after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that hit Tohoku, Japan, in March.  

She worked with her friend Konishiki, a former Sumo Wrestler and Japanese celebrity, and several other friends to gather much needed food, baby items, clothing and other essential items that filled three 3-ton truckloads, which they delivered on three separate trips to the area.

Ayson was honored for volunteering more than 5,000 hours to several charities, including the YMCA, PTA, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Arizona Heart Association, and the Arthritis Foundation.

Bristol’s dedication to competing in triathlons and volunteering many hours for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society earned her recognition for giving back.

Nordin was recognized for his work with the Young Angels of America, which teaches adolescents about philanthropy. In addition, he helped create Real Experts Serving Communities Using Education (RESCUE) to help provide financial literacy to consumers, and he volunteers for the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, where he serves as a Board member and Treasurer.

Zimmerman was honored for her more than five years of volunteer work with animals as a foster “mom” for Noah’s Bark Pet Rescue in Los Angeles.

The Oakwood Gives Back Program is an associate-nominated program, which recognizes employees for their outstanding volunteer work and impact on the community, the environment and/or charitable organizations. Nominations were reviewed by Oakwood’s Leadership Engagement Advisory Panel.


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