The hospitality venues have been taken down, the grandstands are gone, the Wyndham Beach is no more, and 2016 Wyndham Championship winner Si Woo Kim has taken the Sam Snead Cup and his Million-dollar payday and moved on to the FedExCup Playoffs.
But while all tournament venues have now vanished from Sedgefield Country Club, Wyndham’s Key to Wyn cottage begins its new life as Habitat for Humanity, Wyndham Worldwide (No. 27 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) and the Wyndham Championship kick off its second life as a Habitat For Humanity home in Greensboro.
“Key to Wyn” is a fan amenity created by Wyndham Worldwide several years ago to illustrate the Wyndham hospitality experience at the PGA TOUR event. Fans are given a hotel key card upon entering “Key to Wyn,” and they insert the key into hotel-style doors. If the door opens, the fan wins a prize from Wyndham Worldwide or one of its partners.
After last month’s Wyndham Championship, the “Key to Wyn” cottage was carefully disassembled, loaded onto trucks and delivered to the Habitat for Humanity build site in Northeast Greensboro where it will become a new home for Kadiatu Robert and Joseph Bajon. Sometime this winter, the house will be complete, and the Kadiatus will move into their new home.
“For the past 10 years, the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina has been home to the Wyndham Championship,” Wyndham Worldwide director of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy Cheryl Rosario said. “Our philanthropy efforts at Wyndham Worldwide reflect our commitment to developing and supporting the communities in which we live and work. So it’s fitting to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro to give this deserving family a new home.”
Habitat for Humanity partners with families that have had steady employment for one year, participate in a thorough credit analysis, attend educational classes on budgeting and home repair and contribute350hours of sweat equity. Homeowners purchase their homes from Habitat at no profit and with interest-free financing. Habitat then serves as the mortgage lender providing life-of-the-loan zero-percent financing and loan servicing to Habitat homeowners.
“We are so honored to receive this incredible contribution from Wyndham Worldwide and the Wyndham Championship,” Habitat for Humanity director of development Daintry O’Brien said. “Our new homeowners, Kadiatu and Joseph, are looking forward to working alongside Wyndham volunteers to rebuild their new home. The “Key to Wyn” house will open the door for this family to have a safe affordable place to call home.”
“Key to Wyn” was created to showcase the vast variety of properties offered by Wyndham Worldwide and its related business units. It has taken on multiple forms since the fan amenity’s debut in 2010. The original version featured an open-air hotel lobby that one might find at a resort on a tropical island. In 2014, “Key to Wyn” transitioned to a mountain ski lodge featuring frigid indoor conditions with a fireplace, cozy couches and skiing simulators. Outside, pine trees and August snow greeted guests who walked over a creek to enter the building. This year, “Key to Wyn” once again featured warm climates with a beachside-cottage theme. Regardless of the type of Wyndham property “Key to Wyn” features, two constants have remained: signature Wyndham hospitality and a chance to win a prize.