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Shell Vacations Execs Raise Funds for Charities of Choice

Northbrook, Illinois — July 28, 2011 – Through Shell Vacations Club (SVC) company-wide charitable giving initiative, SVCares (Community Awareness Raised by Employees of Shell Vacations), Shell employees within each region select local charities to support in a variety of ways. In addition, Shell Vacations employees have personal charities of choice that they donate their time and effort to support.

President and Chief Operating Officer Tracy L. Sherles, is passionate about the Community Partners’ Autism organization. Her home town area has a higher than national average percentage of children with autism. For the sixth consecutive year, they have organized a Golf Tournament and Silent Auction for Autism, where this year over one hundred golfers teamed up on Saturday, July 9, at The Oaks Golf Links in Somersworth, New Hampshire and raised more than $10,000 for the local nonprofit organization. New Hampshire native Sherles also participated as a player in the event. “The Community Partners organization has helped many local families,” commented Sherles. “We are proud to be able to give back to this organization so they can continue in their humanitarian efforts for members of our New Hampshire community.”

Once again, Shell Vacations Club was the Platinum Sponsor of the tournament. In addition to a substantial donation, Shell Vacations provided prizes for the live auction, including two seven-night vacation stays at selected company vacation ownership properties, to be chosen by the winners. Proud to serve once again as a tournament sponsor, Shell Vacations owns the local historic Crotched Mountain Resort, located in Francestown, New Hampshire, which has 24 vacation ownership units in two-story buildings, as well as a clubhouse, spa, pool and recreation center.

According to the event chairperson, Jackie Horne, all proceeds from the tournament and auction were donated to the Family Support division of the Community Partners’ Autism Fund. Overseen by the Family Advisory Council, the Family Support Program provides an array of support to families including respite, recreation, information and resources, advocacy, parent-to-parent support, transition to adult services, and opportunities for families to spend time together, plus attend workshops or other trainings.

Shell Vacations Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sheldon H. Ginsburg is active in the Canine Companions for Independence ® (CCI) and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Explains Ginsburg, “Besides always wanting to assist those not as fortunate as us, my wife and I are animal (and specifically dog) lovers. We actively support these charities as they provide support to both of those passions”. CCI is a national non-profit organization that provides highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to individuals with physical disabilities to assist with daily tasks and increase independence by reducing reliance on other people. A Service Dog can pull their partner in a manual wheelchair, push buttons for elevators or automatic doors, turn on lights, pick up dropped keys, open a door and even assist with business transactions by transferring money, receipts, and packages. Ginsburg and his wife are attending the annual CCI “Day at the Races” on August 6th which is a fund raising event at the track with silent auctions as well as demonstrating puppies in training.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind are specially trained to assist a person who is blind with mobility. The dog is trained to lead, obey commands, avoid distractions, and disobey a command if it would put them in danger. On October 1, 2011 the Guide Dogs for the Blind will have their ninth annual Canine Heroes Wine Auction. Shell Vacations’ will host attendees at their Vino Bello Resort® in Napa, California. The proceeds from this event will go toward supporting annual veterinary costs of $3 million for 4,200 program dogs and puppies. Festivities include a silent auction, reception (featuring multiple Napa Valley chefs and wineries), live auction and four-course gourmet dinner.

Headquartered in Northbrook IL, Shell Vacations is one of the most respected independent vacation ownership developers in the United States, operating or affiliated 24 resorts in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The company specializes in the sales and hospitality management of vacation ownership resorts as well as servicing over 115,000 owner and member families of its vacation ownership products.

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