TREVOSE, Pa. November 11, 2017
Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, the nation’s fastest growing massage and skin care franchise, kicked-off its national conference in Orlando on October 18 with a hands-on community service project. This marks the third consecutive year that Hand & Stone started its annual conference with philanthropy. Hand & Stone has decided that each year as the conference travels to a new city across the country, the company will choose a different local charity to support within the community where the conference is held.
While in Orlando, nearly 50 volunteers from Hand & Stone provided service to Community Coordinated Care for Children, Inc. (4C), a local not-for-profit improving the lives children and families in Central Florida. Volunteers assisted with painting, planting and mulching around the facility.
“4C is such a great cause that gives back to Central Florida’s children and their families, and it was the perfect way to kick-off the conference,” said Rob Beers, Franchisee and Regional Developer in Central Florida. “It’s always a rewarding experience to have owners from all over the country get together and help out in the local community – and we are so glad to have had the conference and the community service project so close to home in Orlando this year!”
In addition to community service hours, Hand & Stone Corporate Headquarters donated $5,000 dollars to the organization, while President and CEO, Todd Leff matched this contribution through the Leff Family Foundation. Additionally, thanks to matching state grants against the volunteer time and financial contributions, 4C will leverage approximately $200,000 dollars in funding, which will help support pre-K childcare for an additional 40 children living at or below the poverty line.
“We believe we have a corporate responsibility to have franchisees and corporate staff participate in a community service project that gives back to communities that support our brand all year long,” said Leff. “It’s a feel-good event that brings everyone together and really sets the tone for skill building and learning throughout the conference.”
In addition to the service event, Hand & Stone spent time at the annual conference honoring its outstanding franchisees. The corporate team recognized and awarded franchise owners who have achieved great success over the past year, have made an impact in their markets and have dedicated themselves to the wellness industry.
Hand & Stone 2017 conference award winners include:
-Spa of the Year: Eric and Christiana Anthony – Greensboro, N.C.
-Rookie of the Year: Sumit and Monica Bansal – Troy, Mich.
-Fastest Growing Membership Base: Jennifer Clayton – Peoria, Ariz.
-Leading Facial Service Spa: Nicholas Marco and Tara Bogota – Toms River, N.J.
-Marketing Innovator of the Year: Rob and Marianne Durr, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
-Top Performing New Spa: James and Jana Richey – Oviedo, Fla.
-Leading Hot Stone Massage Spa: Eric and Christiana Anthony – Greensboro, N.C.
-Customer Service Excellence: Paul and Maria Cermatori – Brick, N.J.
-Community Service Award: Robert and Alicia Beers, Kissimmee, Fla.
-Founders Award: Jack and Sandi Mullen, Franklin and Brentwood, Tenn.
-Most Efficient Spa Operation: Paul and Maria Cermatori – Brick, N.J.
ABOUT HAND & STONE
Hand & Stone is a 300-plus unit massage and facial spa with a mission to bring massage and facial services to the masses. Launched in 2004 by a passionate physical therapist, John Marco, and now led by franchise veteran Todd Leff, Hand & Stone now has locations in 28 states and Canada. For more information on Hand & Stone, visit http://www.handandstone.com.
Community Coordinated Care for Children, Inc.(4C) is a not-for-profit corporation operating in Central Florida as a coordinating agency for a variety of high-quality services that improve the lives of children and families in Central Florida. The Agency, which began in 1969, is committed to strengthening our communities and families by providing access to affordable early learning services that promote school readiness and family self-sufficiency.
Volunteers from Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa kicked-off its National Conference in Orlando on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, with a community service project at 4C Florida (Community Coordinated Care for Children). In addition to painting, planting and mulching, Hand & Stone Corporate Headquarters donated $5,000 to 4C, while President and CEO Todd Leff matched the contribution through the Leff Family Foundation. Additionally, thanks to matching state grants against the volunteer time and financial contributions, 4C will leverage approximately $200,000 dollars in funding, which will help support an additional 40 children living at or below the poverty line. Pictured here are the very excited Hand & Stone Volunteers along with 4C President and Chief Executive Officer, Patricia E. Frank during the check presentation ceremony on Wednesday, October 18.
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