The 23rd annual Choc Walk in the Park, presented by the Disneyland Resort, turned out to be a marvelous success. With close to 16,000 walkers participating, almost 90 of them were Ayres Hotel employees! Every October, for the past 15 years, the Ayres Hotels have participated in this inspiring event to support and fund raise for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. The Ayres Hotel team raised almost $11,000 for the children of CHOC! A total of $1.8 million was tallied as the last person crossed the finish line to support the care, family services, education and research for the children of the Orange County Children’s Hospital.
The team met at Ayres Inn Orange, bright and early at 5:45AM, to leave on the Anaheim Resort Transit Bus. Arriving at Disneyland before the sun rose, the Ayres Hotel CHOC Walk team was eager and excited to enter the park equipped with handmade signs all while reciting an Ayres Chant for inspiration. By 6:15AM the group was at Main Street U.S.A. for the Opening Ceremony full of music, team announcements, and Disney characters. The walk officially began at 6:30AM and the team marched a full 5K throughout the Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. Magic memories were around every corner and the Disneyland Resort cast members were even there to cheer on every walker.
After the walk, the team rode back to Ayres Inn Orange for a specially made breakfast by our Anepalcos Cafe chefs. The CHOC walk is a great team builder and an excellent chance for all of our team members to get to know one another from every one of our nineteen locations. For those who wanted to be there but found it too far of a drive, the Ayres Hotels also held a remote walk in Ontario. Not only is the CHOC walk a great way for our team members to get a chance to bond, but it is of course, a phenomenal way to reach out to our community. It is with tremendous pride that the Ayres Hotels continue to show their support for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County through this heartwarming event. Don Ayres III and his wife Sandra Ayres, even attended the event; showing that Ayres truly cares!