A fundamental mission of the Limelight brand is to connect itself as deeply and meaningfully as possible to the communities in which it operates. That "commitment to place" is reflected in how the Limelight’s employees and management team will approach philanthropy.
We believe a healthy community makes for happy employees and guests. So we are choosing to focus our philanthropy locally.
For the Limelight Hotel Ketchum, this will be achieved through the Limelight Ketchum Employee Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation.
The Employee Fund will also be a vehicle to engage the hotel’s workforce. The fund will be financed by contributions from the Limelight Hotel Ketchum’s operations, by employees through an optional paycheck deduction, and by guests through a $1-per-night donation that can be opted out of at any time. It will be governed by a board of the Limelight Hotel Ketchum employees, which meets periodically to review grant applications and determine grant recipients. These can include specific areas of need, such as early childhood education, environment, youth development, etc.
The Environment Foundation of Aspen Skiing Company — the parent company of Limelight Hotels — is the model on which this foundation is based. Over 19 years, the employee-funded, employer-matched Environment Foundation has donated more than $2.9 million to 484 local projects protecting the environment. The Limelight Ketchum Employee Fund donations will be spent in the Wood River Valley.
To support the fund, the Limelight Hotel Ketchum will contribute a minimum of $20,000 each fiscal year. The hotel’s contribution will grow with the success of the property, and the money will be held by the Idaho Community Foundation in a donor-advised fund overseen by our employees. In addition to the employee fund, the Limelight Hotel Ketchum will consider small brand-aligned event sponsorship requests and donations of in-kind product, such as room nights, hotel services and product sold through Four Mountain Sports. The hotel does not have the ability to consider capital requests.
What Can I Do As a Guest to Support This Cause?
At check-in, you will be given the opportunity to opt-out of a $1-per-night donation that goes directly to the Limelight Ketchum Employee Fund.
As an Employee, What Can I Do?
You can join the Limelight Ketchum Employee Fund today by completing this form and submitting it to the human resources office. Join the hotel in supporting your local community.
100% of your donation is spent in the Wood River Valley, not on overhead.
Your contribution is more than tripled by the Limelight Hotel Ketchum and our guests.
Employees decide where your money goes: the Fund is governed solely by hotel staff.
As the fund's guidelines and operations are developed we will continue to release additional information. It is anticipated that a board will be established during the 2016/2017 season and the fund will release its first round of grants by the fall of 2017. Check back soon for updates.