Great Wolf Lodge donates up to 10,000 rooms to healthcare workers

In honor of Nurses Month in May, and as part of its ongoing commitment to the community, Great Wolf Lodge is encouraging fans of its indoor waterpark resort to join in showing support and gratitude to the selfless nurses confronting the COVID-19 outbreak through its “Nights for Nurses” campaign.  For every room booked from May 4-12, 2020 with the code THANKYOU, Great Wolf Lodge will donate a free overnight stay to a registered nurse so they can enjoy some much-deserved quality time with their families.  With support from the American Nurses Association (ANA), Great Wolf Lodge plans to distribute up to 10,000 overnight stays as part of this effort.

This program allows Great Wolf Lodge guests a chance to give back to nurses on the frontlines while also receiving a significant discount.  By using the same promotional code THANKYOU, guests will unlock a discount of up to 50 percent off standard room rates for stays July 6 through Oct. 29, 2020.*

“We are immensely grateful to our nurses and health care heroes who are going above and beyond to save lives on the frontline while spending months apart from their families and friends,” said Murray Hennessy, chief executive officer for Great Wolf Resorts. “While no words or acts can fully show how thankful we are, we are pleased to provide these nurses with an opportunity to enjoy some special moments at Great Wolf Lodge with their loved ones when this has subsided.”

This effort is part of Great Wolf Lodge’s company-wide Paw Pledge initiative, which focuses on health and safety of its guests and pack, commitment to the community, and providing travel flexibility to families.  As part of the travel flexibility program, and to help families plan future stays at Great Wolf Lodge, the resort instituted a Free Cancellation or Change Program that allows guests to cancel or change a reservation with no fees or penalties if done so before June 16, 2020.  Additional details about the Free Cancellation or Change Program are available here.

Great Wolf Lodge will work with the ANA to distribute the donated room nights to nurses within their network, with stays available at any of the company’s 17 U.S. resorts. Nurses can book their complimentary stays starting June 1, and choose from a variety of stay dates between Aug. 1 and Dec. 17, 2020, excluding holidays.

.  To help ensure nurses across the U.S. have an opportunity to participate, Great Wolf Lodge will set aside a select number of complimentary stays per resort, per day, based on the final number of donated rooms.

The ANA is the country’s premier organization representing the interests of the nation’s four million registered nurses and is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all.

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Mountainside Fitness donates $100,000 to AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund

The state-mandated closures surrounding Covid-19 have caused extreme financial hardships to big and small businesses across Arizona, and that doesn’t even compare to the hundreds of lives lost during this pandemic.

Wanting to do its part both financially and responsibly, Mountainside Fitness announced the locally owned and operated company will make a $100,000 donation to the Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund on Monday. 

Tom Hatten, CEO and Founder of Mountainside Fitness said the company chose the state’s coronavirus relief fund because it helps organizations and people who are on the frontlines and struggling as result of COVID-19. 

“We wanted to make the biggest impact we could and help as many people as possible,” said Hatten. “This is the fund that is helping people throughout the state right now who are in all kinds of immediate desperate situations as of result of this pandemic,” said Hatten. 

But that’s not it, Mountainside Fitness also partnered with Patients Choice offering its parking lots, resources and staff to offer approximately 200 antibody tests per event to the general public. Patients Choice Lab will offer the drive-up antibody blood test to those who have pre-registered at The first event for antibody testing was on Tuesday, April 28th in the parking lot of Mountainside Fitness Glendale and Wednesday, April 29th at the Chandler location. At least five other antibody test sites and days will be assigned in the coming weeks. 

The COVID-19 antibody testing is another way Mountainside hopes to assist the state so the re-open process moves smoothly over the next few weeks. Hatten like many small and big business owners hopes to see the state reopening by early May. The antibody test for the current coronavirus antibodies (SARS-CoV-2 IgM/IgG Antibodies) that help detect both current and past exposure. These results will be available within 24-48 hours. The price of test and blood draw $114. The goal is to test at least 200 people at each site. Participants must pre-register or call (602) 923-0605.

“Thanks to Mountainside Fitness, the COVID-19 Antibody testing will be available at Mountainside Fitness locations throughout the Phoenix Metro starting at Tuesday’s event and at many more of their locations in the weeks to come,” said Chantell Ketchem, VP of Sales and Marketing for Patient’s Choice Lab.  “Mountainside Fitness has not only offered access to all of its locations but also provided important resources to my team that has helped make it possible to provide testing access to people in areas of our community that we may not have previously been able to reach.”


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