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Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach Hosts First Annual Surf Luau Fundraiser

Event to Benefit Challenged Athletes

Tickets on sale for island-inspired dinner show to raise money for Operation Rebound

Carlsbad CA— Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach has teamed up with the Challenged Athlete Foundation’s (CAF) Operation Rebound to host the first annual Surf & Luau Fundraiser and Awards Dinner on June 4, 2016. This unique sporting event will celebrate, support and showcase veterans and first responders overcoming physical challenges with a surf demonstration, luau and awards ceremony.

“We’re excited and honored to collaborate with such a wonderful organization on this event,” says Renato Alesiani, CEO of Wave Crest Hotels & Resorts. “Every member of our Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach team is committed to giving back to the community. Meeting our partners at CAF and learning about the great work their organization is doing was a blessing. We cannot think of a better teammate and we look forward to making this event a yearly tradition.”

The event draws upon the ocean – a key source of healing and an integral part of the Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad experience given the hotel’s steps-away proximity to the beach. This quintessential SoCal day of giving begins with an afternoon of CAF athletes and professional surfers hanging ten at South Carlsbad State Beach. Following, CAF athletes and supporters are invited to celebrate with a luau at Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach where there will be a full pig roast and a traditional hula show. The evening’s festivities will also include an awards ceremony with the following awards presented to deserving athletes; Volunteer Organization of the Year, Athlete Leadership Award and Most Inspirational Athlete Award. All event proceeds will go directly to CAF’s Operation Rebound to help advance their mission of empowering physically challenged people of all ages through a healthy and active lifestyle.

The public is invited to support the athletes by attending the inspirational surf demonstration from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Carlsbad State Beach. The island-inspired evening luau begins at 6 p.m. on the Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach ocean view seaside lawn and is $100 per person. Table sponsorships are also available and begin at $1,000 for a table of 10. More information and tickets can be purchased at:

“It’s always a great day when you see our athletes doing what they love while getting their community involved and inspired,” expresses Nico Marcolongo, program manager at CAF’s Operation Rebound. “This event will be a fantastic way to get a whole new population of San Diegans excited about our organization and let them interact with our athletes on a really personal basis.”

About Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach

Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach is a multi-time winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award, honoring international hospitality excellence, and was named one of the top three Hilton Garden Inn locations in the United States. The popular coastal hotel features a large heated swimming pool, a full-service restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining and an outdoor garden with fireplaces. Ideal for family travel, event hosting and weddings, Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach provides beautiful views, friendly service and incredible value. Owned and operated by Wave Crest Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach is located on the picturesque Carlsbad coastline and is a short drive from top area attractions including LEGOLAND, SeaWorld, the Carlsbad Premium Outlets and more. For reservations and further information, visit

About the Challenged Athletes Foundation

The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is a world leader in helping people with physical challenges lead active, healthy lifestyles. CAF believes that participation in physical activity at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, more than $70 million has been raised and over 11,000 funding requests from people with physical challenges in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. Additionally, CAF’s outreach efforts reach another 60,000 individuals each year. Whether it’s a $2,500 grant for a handcycle, helping underwrite a carbon fiber running foot not covered by insurance, or arranging enthusiastic encouragement from a mentor who has triumphed over a similar challenge, CAF’s mission is clear: give opportunities and support to those with the desire to live active, athletic lifestyles. To learn more, visit or call 858-866-0959.

About Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Operation Rebound

The Challenged Athletes Foundation’s® (CAF) Operation Rebound® (OR) program strengthens the mental and physical well-being of veterans and first responders with permanent physical injuries by providing them opportunities to use sports and fitness to re-integrate into our communities and by empowering them through sports to lead productive, active and fulfilling lives, visit