Hosting Contests for Area Students and Partners with Geneva State Park

GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ohio (April 8, 2008) –- The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake is sponsoring two Earth Day contests on Saturday, April 26 for area students to show how they can better care for the planet.  In addition, clean-up activities at Geneva State Park will begin at the Lodge at 9 a.m.

Aluminum Can Collection Challenge Returns
The winners of this year’s Aluminum Can Collection Challenge will be the first group to celebrate in The Lodge’s newly finished outdoor pool and kids splash area! All Geneva area elementary school classes and Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops are invited to participate in the Aluminum Can Collection Challenge.

Groups are asked to collect aluminum cans and bring them to The Lodge on Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The school or troop with the most participants in its cleanup crew collected will have a tree planted in their honor on The Lodge grounds. Last year’s contest was won by Cork Elementary School in Harpersfield and Austinburg Elementary.

For more information and to register, contact Shari Wilson, Environmental Coordinator at The Lodge at 440-415-1507.

Create-a-Poster Challenge
All Geneva area junior high school students are eligible to participate in the annual poster contest titled “How I Can Make An Impact On Saving The Environment, One Person At A Time.” Posters must measure 10 inches by 14 inches.

Students are asked to bring their posters to the Lodge on Saturday, April 26 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. The winning posters will be displayed at the Lodge.

Geneva State Park and The Lodge Team up for Earth Day Clean-up
Geneva State Park’s Earth Day celebrations will begin at The Lodge at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 26. The day will start with volunteers cleaning up the shoreline and roadside litter in and around the park. Those volunteering are encouraged to wear gloves and dress for the weather.

At noon, The Lodge is co-sponsoring a hot dog cookout and potluck lunch for all volunteers, which will take place at the State Park’s cabin pavilion, just across from the campground. Winners of both Lodge Earth Day contests will be announced during the luncheon. Park rangers will be available to talk with groups about conservation and each volunteer will receive a tree seeding. Contact Geneva State Park at 440-466-8400 or The Lodge at 440-415-1507 for additional information.

The recycling contest, in conjunction with Ashtabula Scrap & Metal and Behm Monuments, as well as the involvement in Geneva State Park’s clean-up activities, reflects The Lodge’s commitment to continual environmental improvement, part of the GreenPath initiative of Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts.

Geneva State Park’s Amenities
Geneva State Park is located within the village of Geneva-on-the-Lake, which was Ohio’s first summer resort. Visitors to the 698-acre park can enjoy fishing, boating, camping, canoeing and a guarded swimming beach. The marina features a canteen and concession area, along with 383 docks available for rental. The park is located in close proximity to many of Ohio’s finest wineries.

About the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake
Located at 4888 North Broadway (State Highway 534) in Geneva-on-the-Lake, the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake features 109 finely appointed guest rooms (the majority with lake views); Horizons, an upscale restaurant with a striking octagonal dining room and breathtaking view of Lake Erie; a lounge with a rectangular bar and great views of Lake Erie; and amenities that include a fitness center, game room, indoor pool and gift shop.  The Lodge entrance is located one mile north of Geneva State Park, on the left.  For room reservations, call 866-442-9765 or visit www.thelodgeatgeneva.com.  For Horizons reservations, call (440) 466-7100, then press "2."

The Lodge is adjacent to Geneva State Park, which encompasses 698 acres featuring 1.6 miles of Lake Erie shoreline as well as a beach and bathhouse, six-lane boat ramp and marina, hiking, picnic areas and more.  To learn more about Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, visit www.thelodgeatgeneva.com.

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, a leading hospitality provider with significant experience in hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations. The company’s portfolio includes historic properties in North America, such as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; Yosemite, Sequoia, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks; Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds; Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa; Niagara Falls State Park; Jones Beach; Plaza del Pasado in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake; The Balsams Grand Resort; and The Gideon Putnam Resort. For additional information, visit www.dnchospitalitymgt.com.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Banknorth Garden, Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.  For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com


For more information, contact:
Jeannette Petrolia
General Manager
(440) 415-1501


Michelle Wood
Yopko Penhallurick LLC
(440) 834-8615

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