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Wyndham Hotel Group Sponsors Fun Center, Provides Entertainment to Sick Kids


RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – Children undergoing treatment at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J. will be smiling brighter and laughing a little more, thanks to yesterday’s arrival of a multi-media Fun Center™ sponsored by Parsippany, N.J.-based Wyndham Hotel Group in association with Starlight Children’s Foundation.

The Fun Center is designed to combat the anxiety and weariness faced by hospitalized children; the latest Fun Center model includes a flat screen TV, a DVD player and a Nintendo Wii™ system.

“Wyndham Hotel Group is proud to donate a Fun Center to The Valley Hospital to help provide joy to children when they need it most,” said Jeff Wagoner, president, Wyndham Hotel Group Management. “We are always looking to give back to the communities where we are present, and through our association with Starlight Children’s Foundation, we are doing just that for the kids here in Ridgewood.”

The ease with which Fun Centers roll right up to the side of young patients’ beds or anywhere in a hospital setting makes them perfect for hospitalized children in numerous situations such as when they are anticipating surgery during long outpatient clinic treatments, when they are waiting in the emergency room or fighting loneliness after visiting hours have ended.

“Fun Centers address the isolation and fear sick children often experience in the hospital,” said Jacqueline Hart-Ibrahim, chief executive officer of Starlight Children’s Foundation. “We know a Fun Center is a most welcome guest when parents and other visitors aren’t able to be at a child’s bedside. We are thrilled to partner with Wyndham Hotel Group because the company is committed to easing loneliness and anxiety while helping kids just be kids even when they’re in the hospital.”

Starlight Children’s Foundation is the signature charity of Wyndham Hotel Group. In support of the foundation, Wyndham Hotel Group works to raise awareness and funds through employee and customer donations, franchise and management relations and sanctioned Starlight events. Starlight is also a signature charity of Wishes by Wyndham, the corporate philanthropy program of Wyndham Worldwide, of which Wyndham Hotel Group is a subsidiary.

About The Valley Hospital
The Valley Hospital, a 451-bed, acute care, not-for-profit hospital located in Ridgewood, NJ, is part of Valley Health System, which also includes Valley Home Care and Valley Medical Group. Valley is an affiliate of New York Presbyterian Healthcare System and the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. These include 10 consecutive recognitions for service excellence by J.D. Power and Associates for inpatient and emergency department care, and two major awards for patient safety and quality care from the Leapfrog Group, which ranked Valley among the top hospitals in the nation. Valley is ranked No. 1 in NJ by Healthgrades for overall cardiac services, cardiac surgery, and coronary interventional procedures. Valley has also been honored twice with “Magnet” designation – the nursing profession’s highest honor. Key services include cardiology, oncology, women’s and children’s services, emergency care, orthopedics, and neurosciences.

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About Wyndham Hotel Group
Wyndham Hotel Group, part of the Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN) family of companies, is the world’s largest hotel company with over 7,340 hotels and approximately 627,440 rooms in 66 countries under the hotel brands: Wyndham® Hotels and Resorts, Ramada®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Wingate by Wyndham®, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Microtel Inn & Suites® by Wyndham, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham®, TRYP by WyndhamSM, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge® and Knights Inn®. In addition, the company has license agreements to franchise the Planet Hollywood Hotels, Dream® and Night® brands and provide management services globally.

All hotels are independently owned and operated excluding certain Wyndham, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham and TRYP by Wyndham hotels, as well as certain international Ramada, Days Inn and Super 8 hotels, which may be managed by one of the affiliates of Wyndham Hotel Group.

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About Starlight Children’s Foundation
Over the past 30 years, Starlight Children’s Foundation™ has become a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Collaborating with experts in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home. Starlight partners with more than 1,750 healthcare facilities and every major pediatric hospital in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, serving millions of children every year. To learn more, visit, or follow us at and

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