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HOWARD JOHNSON AND HOSPITALS JOIN FORCES TO ASSIST FAMILIES OF PATIENTS DURING THE HOLIDAYS

 PARSIPPANY, N.J., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Three years ago, Dan Neviaser and Dean Fitzgerald, managing partners of the Howard Johnson Plaza-Hotel in Madison, Wis., and the Howard Johnson Hotel and Conference Center, also in Madison, decided they wanted to make a difference and give something back to their community during the holidays. They recognized that they had something to offer that would help ease the pain and loneliness of those less fortunate during the holidays - hotel rooms. Consequently, they created "Operation Care," a community relations program that provides complimentary accommodations to the economically disadvantaged families of patients staying at local area hospitals.
 "It's difficult to be separated from loved ones during the holidays, especially when a family member is in the hospital," Neviaser said. "We just wanted to help those families make the most out of a difficult situation."
 Neviaser and Fitzgerald shared their idea with Howard Johnson President and Chief Operating Officer, Eric Pfeffer, who recommended that Howard Johnson properties throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada, adopt the Operation Care program. There are over 110 Howard Johnson properties participating this year.
 "Over the past two years, our franchisees have assisted hundreds of people and have received numerous appreciative comments from both hospitals and guests who took advantage of the program," Pfeffer stated. "We are pleased to be able to offer this generous program again this year."
 Howard Johnson Franchise Systems, Inc. is an international chain of more than 550 Plaza-Hotels, Hotels, Park Square Inns, Lodges and HoJo Inns throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. It is a subsidiary of Hospitality Franchise Systems, Inc., the world's largest franchisor of hotel rooms. Hospitality Franchise Systems is a publicly held company with its stock traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "HFS." The company has more than 2,500 Days Inn, Howard Johnson and Ramada hotels with nearly 300,000 rooms in the United States, Canada, Mexico, India and Europe.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like a list of Howard Johnson properties participating in this year's Operation Care or if you wish to interview the General Manager or other personnel at any of these properties, please call Lisa Garb at 201-952-8439.
 /CONTACT: Lisa Garb, PR Manager of Hospitality Franchise Systems, Inc., 201-952-8439/


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