Hospitality is a people business, but recently horses were added to the mix when America’s Best Franchising saved the day for a group of Special Olympians whose plans to compete in a statewide Georgia equestrian competition were threatened.
Problems arose when some folks in black hats used stolen credit cards to pony up $1,000 in contributions toward sending 11 riders, 11 coaches and volunteers, plus five horses to the Georgia Special Olympics at the end of August. After the fraud, however, travel plans were back to scratch.
Riding therapy is provided to patients with neurological disorders and developmental disabilities by the non-profit Bethany’s Equine & Aquatic Services (BEATS) in Canton, Georgia.
America’s Best Franchising CEO Doug Collins learned about the riding group’s plight from a local television station and immediately put the kids back in the money with a corporate gift that replaced the fraudulent contributions.
The Special Olympians were chomping at the bit to compete – and won seven gold medals at the state championship event! Click here to see photos and videos from this event.
Atlanta-based America’s Best Franchising operates more than 300 properties across the country under its upscale 3 Palms Resorts brand for independent hotels and its five upper economy brands – America’s Best Inns, Budgetel Inns, Country Hearth Inns, and Parkside Resorts.