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MEDIA ALERT: Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association & New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity Join Forces to Build New Homes for Families In Need Of Housing, Kickoff Date: December 18 - 10 a.m.

WHAT: Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association (GNOHLA) and New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) join forces on December 18 to assist families in need of housing. This partnership, the first of its kind confirms hoteliers' continued support of New Orleans' communities.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: 4015 N. Derbigny Street in the 9th Ward (Take N. Claiborne/N. Robertson Street; left on Alvar Street, approx. 13 blocks past Franklin Avenue; right on N. Derbigny Street; 4015 N.
Derbigny is approx. one block on the left).

HOW: GNOHLA, in partnership with NOAHH, has pledged to volunteer 40,000 building hours and provide fundraising support to be dedicated to building and construction costs. NOAHH will conduct seminars offering an overview of their housing program, assistance with filling out first stage applications and additional information about homeownership opportunities for hotel employees and their families in need of housing.

WHO: GNOHLA Representatives, Fred Sawyers, GNOHLA President & General Manager, Hilton New Orleans Riverside; Ashish Verma, GNOHLA President-Elect & General Manager,
Windsor Court; Pat Shimon, General Manager, Maison Dupuy Hotel; Joe Blanchek, General Manager, Marriott at the Convenetion Center; Martin Driskell, General Manager, InterContinental New Orleans; Darrius Gray, General Manager, Holiday Inn French Quarter; Bill McCreary, General Manager, Sheraton New Orleans; Craig Mouney, General Manager, Embassy Suites New Orleans Convention Center; Mavis Early, GNOHLA Executive Director.

VISUALS: Construction activities; Hospitality Personnel in uniform and GNOHLA - Habitat Partner Family member Omni Royal Orleans Hotel employee Cathy Hankton to be present at the building site.

MEDIA CONTACT: Mavis Early, GNOHLA, Executive Director,,
(504) 525-2264, cell (504) 421-2585 Aleis Tusa, Habitat for Humanity Communications Director,, (504) 861-2077.

Since 1924, the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association has been the professional trade organization of lodging professionals of the New Orleans area. The association is an
industry resource supporting activities in a variety of focus areas including education and professional training; legislative support and public issues management; operations and productivity assistance; government and business relations; crime prevention; and membership communications.

New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH), an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. NOAHH builds new houses in
partnership with sponsors, volunteers, communities, and homeowner families to eliminate poverty housing in the New Orleans area while serving as a catalyst to make decent shelter a
matter of conscience and action. In the coming years, NOAHH plans to build 1,500 homes in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines parishes. To learn more visit