P&G Professional™ Announces Winner of Community Hotelier of the Year Award

Grand Prize Winner Chooses Child Crisis Arizona as Recipient of
$10,000 Award

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Arizona volunteer Rashmi Bhakta was awarded P&G Professional’s
“Community Hotelier of the Year Award” presented in conjunction with the
Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA). Bhakta was chosen as
the grand prize winner after submitting an essay detailing her
participation with and support of Child Crisis Arizona. The charity will
receive a $10,000 award in Bhakta’s name. Bhakta, who was not able to
attend in person, was recognized on stage last night during the 2016
AAHOA Annual Convention and Trade Show awards presentation at the
Nashville Convention Center. Amiti Bhow, who nominated Bhakta for the
honor, accepted the recognition on Bhakta’s behalf.

The Community Hotelier of the Year Award recognizes an AAHOA member who
demonstrates dedication and care for their community and expresses a
desire to make a positive impact in the future with a $10,000 donation
to the winner’s charity of choice. Bhakta supports Child Crisis Arizona
by organizing fundraising events like the Family Garba Night which had
both philanthropic and cultural goals and raised more than $9,000 for
the organization. “As a member of the Greater-Phoenix community, a
working mother, and someone proud of my Indian ethnicity, I think it’s
important to give back to our communities – and to teach our children to
do so as well,” said Bhakta. “It is an honor to receive the P&G
Professional Community Hotelier of the Year Award and I am proud to be
able to make this contribution to Child Crisis Arizona to support our
local children and to help break the cycle of child abuse and neglect.”

Bhakta has resided in Gilbert, Arizona for nearly 13 years with her
husband Rajesh, and son and daughter. She and her husband’s families
were both hoteliers and operated various properties. In an effort to get
her children more involved in philanthropy, Bhakta also recently created
a local youth group called the Future Leaders Youth (FLY) Club that
supports Child Crisis Arizona, including recently donating Easter
baskets that the group assembled. The club was created to teach young
people the importance of leadership and giving back to the community and
their outreach is focused on activities that involve culture, community
and fun.

“The dedication and care displayed by AAHOA members shows an
extraordinary level of commitment and all of the 2016 nominees are truly
making a positive impact in the communities they serve,” said Alan
Tomblin, North America Director of Sales, P&G Professional. “P&G
Professional congratulates Rashmi Bhakta for her efforts with Child
Crisis Arizona, as well as all of the Community Hotelier of the Year
award nominees for their valuable contributions.”

P&G Professional is a proud sponsor of the Community Hotelier of the
Year award and has supported the AAHOA awards for eight years. For more
information on the P&G Professional Community Hotelier of the Year
award, please visit www.pgpro.com/aahoa.

“There is a beauty in the way that Rashmi gives to Child Crisis Arizona.
Not only has she contributed time and again to benefit Arizona’s most
vulnerable children, but she inspires friends and family to be involved,
thus creating an entire community that now has an increased awareness of
the problems plaguing Arizona’s children and of the work being done by
Child Crisis Arizona to stop child abuse and strengthen families,” said
Cheryl Hurd, Community Relations Manager, Child Crisis Arizona. “Thanks
to Rashmi’s efforts, this generous award from P&G Professional will help
to change the lives of abused, abandoned and neglected children who are
being cared for in our shelters and impact thousands of families who
seek our prevention classes and services each year.”

About Child Crisis Arizona

Operating the only emergency shelters for children threatened with abuse
and neglect from birth through age 11 in the Phoenix metro area, Child
Crisis Arizona
provides hope and services to vulnerable children and
families. It is also the leading agency in Arizona to license, train and
support foster and adoptive families, and provides early childhood
education and resources for families through its early education
services, parenting classes, workshops and playgroups.

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Contacts

Citizen Relations for P&G Professional
Molly Crabill,
949-614-6156
molly.crabill@citizenrelations.com