Friday, August 14, 2015

Kimpton's Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh Launches “Warrior Wedding” Giveaway For One Deserving Military Couple To Win A Winter Wedding

 The holidays are about dreams coming true, and this season Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh is setting out to do just that for those who deserve it the most. The Downtown boutique hotel partners with event planner extraordinaire Bonnie Walker of Bonnie Walker Events, along with Erin Cermak of Revolution Events and Gary Racan and the Studio-E Band of Studio-E Entertainment, and the Harry Panos Fund for Veterans to award one deserving military couple with an incredible winter wedding.

 The collaborative “Warrior Wedding” giveaway campaign launches today, August 11, and is open to all veteran couples with a connection to the Steel City. By simply submitting their love story, couples will be entered for a chance to be selected as the recipients of an all-expenses paid wedding for 100 guests in the Monaco’s spectacular Sheffield Ballroom on December 13.

 “At the Hotel Monaco, we initiated our ‘Random Acts of Kimpton Kindness’ campaign in our local community before we even opened our doors this past January,” said general manager Rob Mallinger. “As a Kimpton hotel, we recognize that a simple smile or a thank you is able to transform a person’s day. With our ‘Warrior Wedding’ giveaway, we’re turning that concept up full throttle. When we thought about our community members most deserving of a ‘thank you,’ the men and women of the U.S. military stood out most clearly. No one puts more of themselves on the line and in harm’s way so selflessly, and we really wanted to do something to recognize that.” All veteran couples who hold Pittsburgh dear in the hearts, whether it be one of their hometowns, a previous or current station or the like, are invited to visit beginning today through August 31 to enter the “Warrior Wedding” giveaway.

 Of all who enter, three will be selected as finalists, as decided by a campaign committee made up of individuals from the three presenting parties. The three finalists’ stories will be shared with the world on Hotel Monaco’s Facebook Page on September 4. From then until September 10, the public is invited to vote for the story that touches their heart the most. On September 11, the couple with the most “likes” to their story will be announced during the Warriors Rock Concert at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh; shedding light and happiness on a day that is oft mourned. From there, the winning couple will meet with both Hotel Monaco and Bonnie Walker herself to begin planning the wedding of their dreams. “My business partner at Studio-E Entertainment, Kim Racan, and I had the idea of a veteran wedding giveaway in our heads for quite some time,” said event designer and planner Bonnie Walker. “Thanks to the generous support of the Harry Panos Fund for Veterans, Hotel  Monaco and the numerous local boutiques and high-caliber vendors donating their time and services, our dream will become a reality, and we’ll be able to do what we do best, create the experience of a lifetime for two incredibly deserving individuals.”

 The “Warrior Wedding” giveaway is a collaborative effort of Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh, the Harry Panos Fund for Veterans and Bonnie Walker Events. The winning couple will receive a five-hour wedding ceremony and reception for themselves and 100 guests at Hotel Monaco complete with an exquisite food and beverage experience from The Commoner, entertainment from Gary Racan and the Studio-E Band of Studio-E Entertainment and photo and video from famed Suzanne Delawar Studios, along with all of the necessary nuptial planning and details that come with their special day. The firstand second-place runner-ups, as identified on September 11 with the announcement of the winning couple, will not be left empty-handed. The hotel will donate two VIP experiences at the Monaco to the runners up, and local furnishings retailer Levin Furniture will also donate prizes for the top three finalists.

 Of all those who vote during the finalist voting period, three will be chosen at random to win participation prizes, including overnight stays at the hotel. For the full terms and conditions of the “Warrior Wedding” contest, please visit ABOUT HOTEL MONACO PITTSBURGH Monaco Pittsburgh is located at the intersection of 6th Avenue and William Penn Place, across from the prestigious Mellon Square Park in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. Colloquially referred to as the Golden Triangle, Downtown Pittsburgh is at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers. The hotel is just blocks from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, sporting venues, and the Cultural District.

 Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh stands above the urban landscape as the design innovator in the market. A beautiful, meticulous restoration of the city’s iconic Beaux Arts-style James H. Reed Building, originally built in 1903, the hotel features nine stories, 248 guestrooms, over 11,000-square-feet of meeting space and a chefdriven, 120-seat restaurant with a prominent street entrance called The Commoner.

 For more information, visit or “Like” the hotel on Facebook at ABOUT KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a leading collection of boutique hotels and restaurants and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to the United States. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travelers feel genuinely cared for through thoughtful perks and amenities, bold, playful design and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rental.

The award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local. Kimpton is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a FORTUNE magazine “Best Place to Work” six times since 2009. Kimpton is continuously growing and currently operates over 60 hotels and 70 plus restaurants, bars and lounges in 30 U.S. cities. In January 2015, Kimpton was welcomed into the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands, bringing together two special cultures and sets of values to create the world's largest boutique hotel business. For more information, visit

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