Happy to be of Service

Long Live Lodging celebrates hospitality professionals and companies that are giving back to their communities and the world. “Happy to Be of Service: Stories of hospitality giving back” features hoteliers and restaurateurs who share their time and resources to improve the lives of others.

03 | Ben’s Friends: How a hospitality tastemaker is saving others from addiction

  • 03 | Ben’s Friends: How a hospitality tastemaker is saving others from addiction
    HAPPY TO BE OF SERVICE
    November 17, 2021

    03 | Ben’s Friends: How a hospitality tastemaker is saving others from addiction

    Steve Palmer is founder of Indigo Road Hospitality Group, owner and operator of restaurants and hotels in seven U.S. cities. Palmer has won accolades for his various dining concepts. He’s the first to tell you he loves everything about the hospitality industry, especially people. In his transparency, Palmer also shares his battle with alcoholism and how it nearly killed his career and ended his life. In response to the death of a colleague who struggled with addiction, Palmer and fellow restaurateur Mickey Bakst established Ben’s Friends, a community of restaurant owners, managers, chefs and other workers who seek sobriety. Palmer tells how Ben’s Friends came to be because he wants to raise awareness of substance abuse in the F&B industry and let those who struggle with addiction know there’s acceptance and help. This session is part of Long Live Lodging’s special series called Happy To Be Of Service: Stories of hospitality giving back.

  • 02 | Tiny Smiling Faces: Hotelier rebuilds schools, children’s futures in India
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    November 10, 2021

    02 | Tiny Smiling Faces: Hotelier rebuilds schools, children’s futures in India

    Arun Patel established Tiny Smiling Faces in 2012 as a U.S.-based organization that funds improvements in public schools in West India. The program has lifted hundreds of families out of poverty and has given children health and hope for tomorrow. This session of Happy To Be Of Service, features Patel’s story of giving back. It’s part of a special series by Long Live Lodging that spotlights hospitality companies and people making a difference in their communities or around the world.

  • 344 | Clean the World: Recycling hotel soap prepares nonprofit to save lives in pandemic
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    November 3, 2021

    344 | Clean the World: Recycling hotel soap prepares nonprofit to save lives in pandemic

    Shawn Seipler of Orlando, Florida, founded Clean the World 12 years ago to fight life-threatening illnesses in children who had no access to soap and water. He started by collecting discarded guest-room soaps from a single hotel in his neighborhood. Today Clean the World has recycled 63 million bars of amenity-sized soap from more than 8,000 hotels and resorts and distributed them in 130 countries. The COVID-19 pandemic dealt Clean the World a dramatic blow in its programming and growth strategy. Lodging Leader’s introductory episode in its special series, “Happy To Be Of Service: Stories of hospitality giving back,” features Seipler who talks about Clean the World’s beginnings and how a hospitality industry in recovery has helped the nonprofit pick up the pieces and move forward with its life-saving mission.

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