David Johnson learned how important it was to give to those in need at a very young age. Today, thanks to David, Boys Town Nevada and his company, National Hospitality Management, have developed a wonderful partnership.
This past year, David, manager of the Home2 Suites by Hilton on the south strip in Las Vegas, learned about Boys Town through his father, who was friends with a board member. He heard what Boys Town does for children and families. It moved him to the point where he saw an opportunity to bring joy to local families in need.
David's philanthropic history started early on at the age of nine as he watched his mom's efforts in supporting programs to benefit families. One of the precious memories he has is of a holiday season where his mom led an effort to bring a Christmas tree, dinner, and presents to an entire family.
Remembering what his family did for others helped him approach his company to suggest helping Boys Town Nevada with some of its families. The idea was to provide presents to children and families that might not have a lot under the tree that Christmas.
“My idea was to sponsor one family per hotel," David said. “We found four families that were all wonderful people. It ended up being a wonderful experience."
David said the families were very appreciative.
“Seeing the people and seeing the difference that not only we can make in a day, but that Boys Town makes all year long, was great," he said. “As a company, we feel it's important to give back to the community. We wouldn't be here running hotels and running these businesses without the community. We are excited to expand this relationship and keep growing with Boys Town. I can't express that enough."
Charlene Blackstone, Development Director for Boys Town Nevada, said the kind giving of National Hospitality Management is just one of many relationships Boys Town is seeing grow in Las Vegas.
“We look forward to continuing harvesting relationships that not only benefit the families, but also bring opportunities for businesses and corporations to give back," she said. “We thank National Hospitality Management for considering Boys Town and extending a helping hand in advancing our mission."