So Much Happening… Welcome Triangle Motel in Alma, Michigan

My apologies for missing the blog yesterday… With an incredible week of action and pushing our movement forward, I had a lot to catch up on.

This week we had a wonderful time at the International Hotel/ Motel and Restaurant Show in NYC. We made great connections with equipment providers such as Rational and Torrey. We had outstanding meetings with potential partners and fellow non-profits. And a number of organizations were exposed to Clean the World and our cause. The consensus from every single individual and corporation was the same: Your cause is wonderful, it is a no brainer, keep up the good work and we are behind you!

Wonderful inroads were made with new friends and existing partners at amenity providers and soap manufacturers, Gilchrist & Soames and Marietta Corp. And we had the pleasure of speaking to so many key executives at major hotel chains about our vision and cause.

This week, we made great strides towards a very key upcoming event: Changing History in Our Lifetime. We interviewed with several newspapers, including two high schools, University of Central Florida and Florida A&M University. More are scheduled for the upcoming week.

And, most importantly, we finalized our next trip to Haiti, which will occur next week. And we raised the money for the project. A special thanks to somebody very dear to my heart, a family member, my Uncle Mark, who provided the funding necessary for myself, Pastor Brutus and Bobby to fly to Haiti next week for two days to oversee the next major distribution of Clean the World soap. Approximately 150,000 bars of soap will be distributed to schools, orphanages, churches and the Cap Haitien Health Network. More to come on our distribution process later but a BIG THANK YOU TO UNCLE MARK for making next week possible.

In these tough times, donating money is very challenging and we understand the commitment behind it. We want to thank every single person that donated to Clean the World this week. We received donations from as far away as Washington, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Many donated online and many through checks. We really need them to keep coming. Thank you to every single person and look for your personal letter from Paul and I very soon.

And closing out the week, another property has shown their commitment to Saving our Planet and Saving Lives. The Triangle Motel of Alma, Michigan, located close to Alma College, Michigan Masonic Home and Soaring Eagle Casino, has joined the family. They have been American owned and operated for 18 years and by becoming a Clean the World Hospitality Partner, they show their commitment to Americans hurting right now in shelters and missions that need soap and their American spirit to those impoverished abroad that need it too. I cannot stress this fact: It doesn’t matter how big or how small your property is. We need every single one to join this important and unprecedented recycling program! Check out the Traingle Motel here: http://www.thetrianglemotel.com/index.php and say hello the next time you travel to or through Alma, Michigan.

A huge week ahead includes speaking at Center Pointe Church of the Nazarene tomorrow, Rotary Club on Tuesday, Sheraton Sand Key on Wednesday, the Westin Diplomat on Thursday and back to Haiti on Friday. A wonderful event is being finalized at the Green Lodging Hotel Conference in December in partnership with GMIC. Stay close and stay tuned.
Have a great week ahead!

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Beautiful Preservation: The Rivertown Inn in Stillwater, MN…

One of the most enjoyable moments when I write these blogs about new properties joining the Clean the World Hospitality Recycling Program is learning about the property and identifying the unique features and characteristics the hotel provides.

The Rivertown Inn in Stillwater, Minnesota is no exception. Built in 1882, the Rivertown Inn is a restored mansion just blocks from the historic downtown of Stillwater, MN. It features European style luxury and elegance, touting a very romantic and private setting. Their online presence is another display of the properties elegance. Find them here: http://www.rivertowninn.com/, view the beautiful photos and read the details on wine dinners, cooking classes, and their gourmet breakfast.

And here is something very new about this historic property: they are committed to preserving their land and precious water systems in Stillwater, Minnesota by collecting and recycling the partially used bathroom amenities used by their guest instead of throwing them away. And further, they are committed to saving lives across the globe through their participation with Clean the World.

Isn’t it wonderful to see a property like the Rivertown Inn, so committed to their own beauty and preservation, also committed the beauty and preservation of impoverished people in the US and in countries so far away? Show your support by staying with them when you are planning your next romantic getaway.

Rivertown Inn- Thank you for joining the family and changing history with us!

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Press Release: ROCK RESORTS INTERNATIONAL STARTS AN INNOVATIVE PROGRAM TO RECYCLE SOAP.

Broomfield, CO. — November 11, 2009 — High in the Colorado Rockies a life-saving necessity is making it’s way to the island nation of Haiti and abroad.

By partnering with Clean the World, Inc., RockResorts is collecting barely-used soap and shampoo from its collection of 8 hotels and enabling the Orlando charity to provide the much-needed supplies to needy people in Broomfield, CO. — November 11, 2009 — High in the Colorado Rockies a life-saving necessity is making its way to the island nation of Haiti and abroad.

By partnering with Clean the World, Inc., RockResorts is collecting barely-used soap and shampoo from its collection of 8 hotels and enabling the Orlando charity to provide the much-needed supplies to needy people in homeless shelters and impoverished countries around the world.

Recently Clean the World delivered a shipment of 45,000 bars of soap to Cap Hatien, Haiti. Another 100,000 bars just arrived in Haiti, the poorest country of the western hemisphere, to be distributed in the upcoming days. Clean the World also distributes soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and bath gel to domestic homeless shelters. With the RockResorts partnership, Clean the World will begin distributing these necessities to Colorado homeless shelters as well.

3.5 million children die annually to acute respiratory illness and diarrheal disease. That’s approximately 9,000 children every single day. Clinical studies show that these deaths can be reduced by up to 65% with soap interventions and hand washing education. Incredibly, 1 million bars of soap are discarded into US landfills daily.

“We are very pleased to be working with RockResorts to help those that need it most,” said Managing Director of Clean the World, Paul Till. “Together with RockResorts, Clean the World will focus on saving our planet and saving lives worldwide. We anticipate many more distribution fronts in the near future, including planned soap interventions into Sri Lanka and the Philippines.”

The Need for Soap
Clinical studies by the World Health Organization and others show that the use of soap in hand washing reduces the incidence of diarrheal disease and acute respiratory illness which combined are the leading causes of death in children under the age of five. By providing soap to impoverished people Clean the World hopes to greatly reduce these deaths.

Sterilization Process and Distribution Efforts
The donated soap is processed by Clean the World in partnership with Central Care Mission in Orlando, Florida. Central Care Mission is a long term men’s recovery home that takes homeless men off the streets, recovers them from addictions and changes their lives. At their recycling facility, Central Care Mission employees and volunteers clean the collected soap and sterilize it using a proprietary steaming process. The soap is then packaged for later distribution.

Primarily supported by the generous donations of individuals and corporations, Clean the World is recycling soap from hotels that would otherwise end up in landfills across the United States. The effort has a dual benefit of reduced waste and saving lives.

In addition to Haiti, Clean the World has distributed soap internationally to other missions and charitable organizations including the Floating Doctors, World Vision, Harvest Time International, and missions to Lesotho, South Africa and Freeport, Bahamas.
Domestically, the Salvation Army, Covenant House, STAR Family Center and about 15 other missions and shelters have received soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion.

“RockResorts is proud to partner with Clean the World to help provide supplies to homeless shelters and impoverished countries around the world,” said Paul Toner, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality. “This partnership is a perfect complement to the RockResorts “ECHO” corporate social responsibility program, which aims to protect the environment, promote social responsibility and foster community engagement.”

About Clean the World Foundation, Inc.
An Orlando-based charitable organization, Clean the World Foundation, Inc. is committed to the prevention of illness and death caused by acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease in countries across the globe. In an effort to prevent these needless deaths from occurring, Clean the World Foundation collects discarded soap and shampoo from hotels to be recycled and distributed these soap products along with appropriate educational materials to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished countries worldwide. With the donations of these discarded soap and shampoo products, Clean the World Foundation is a step closer to reaching their goal of preventing the millions of lives lost each year — and they’re doing it one bar of soap at a time. Clean the World Foundation, Inc is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.

About RockResorts
RockResorts, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vail Resorts, owns and operates luxury resort hotels that offer casually elegant accommodations, lavish RockResorts Spas, renowned golf courses, award-winning dining and a variety of exciting outdoor adventures. The RockResorts collection includes The Arrabelle at Vail Square and The Lodge at Vail in Vail, Colo.; Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colo.; The Osprey at Beaver Creek and The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colo.; La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa in Santa Fe, N.M.; Snake River Lodge & Spa in Jackson Hole, Wyo.; and The Landings St. Lucia, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. Future RockResorts include: Tempo Miami in Miami, Fla. (scheduled to open in 2010); Balcones del Atlántico, Dominican Republic (scheduled to open in 2010); One Ski Hill Place in Breckenridge, Colo. (scheduled to open in 2010); The Mansfield Inn at Stowe in Stowe, Vt. (scheduled to open in winter 2011/2012); Rum Cay Resort Marina, The Bahamas (scheduled to open in 2012); and the Third Turtle Club & Spa, Turks and Caicos (scheduled to open in 2013). Follow RockResorts on Twitter: @RockResortsNEWS

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What do you think? The Garden State’s first CTW hospitality partner…

Day three in New York and what an amazing Hotel and Restaurant Show! I had a number of wonderful meetings yesterday once again. From high ranking hotel executives to other wonderful non-profits that recycle hotel soap and ensure used bottled amenities are distributed to homeless shelters, the discussions were extremely positive.

One topic that was extremely prevalent and most interesting focused on a Clean the World line or brand of retail soap and shampoo. Similar to the TOMS Shoes model, where an individual who buys a pair of shoes guarantees that another pair is given to a child in need, Clean the World is embarking on the same concept. So what if when you shopped at a retailer such as Target or CVS or Whole Foods, you could purchase a wonderfully scented, all natural bar of soap that ensured for every single purchase of that bar, Clean the World would recycle and distribute 10 bars of soap to an impoverished country to Save Lives? Or for every bottle of shampoo purchased, 10 smaller bottles of shampoo would not be discarded into a landfill, but instead given to a woman’s or men’s shelter in the United States? I think we are on to something here… More on this subject to come soon!

Our ability to recycle soap and potentially offer an individual at a retail store to help our cause stems from one incredible group- all the Clean the World Recycling Hospitality Partners. It’s their commitment to Saving our Planet and Saving Lives that makes this all possible. And today, the family became a little bigger and the commitment was made stronger as the Hamilton Park Hotel and Conference Center located in Florham Park, New Jersey, joined the CTW family.

About an hour outside of New York City and minutes from one of my favorite airports, Newark International, this 219 room property just underwent a $10 million renovation. They tout beautifully manicured lawns and gardens throughout the property and as we viewed the photo gallery, every single photo presented vibrant colors and shapes inside and outside of the property. And isn’t it appropriate that our very first property in New Jersey, the Garden State, features such beautiful grounds! Weddings, conferences and now recycling their hotel soap and shampoo to Save Lives are what Hamilton Park Hotel is all about. Check them out here: http://www.hamiltonparkhotel.com/ and make sure you book with them on your next visit to NJ or email and let them know how happy you are that they are a part of the Clean the World family.

Have a great day!

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NY Show Update and the First CTW Partner from Tampa, FL…

Monday morning in the Big Apple and the weather is awesome. High’s in the 60’s today and sunny. Yesterday was a great day at the show. Marietta Corp has been extremely gracious and a wonderful partner allowing Clean the World to make their booth home. It was my pleasure to meet Ray and Steven, new to the Marietta team, and CEO Don for the first time. As always Melissa is a dear friend and wonderful champion for Clean the World, constantly introducing us to friends and partners, and telling our story. And our partnership is officially- official! In 2010, hotels will have an opportunity to buy a new twist on an exidting amenity line- Pro Terra has officially merged with Clean the World. More details on this new line as it rolls out but this opporutunity will place the CTW logo and message on approximately 13 million bars of soap and bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotion. Incredible!

I also met with individuals from Rational, Victory and Torrey, all interested in possibly donating old or used equipment to Clean the World necessary to run our recycling facilities. Sweet!

A number of meetings occurred with sanitization and eco-conscious organizations, as well as independent and national brand hotel executives. Great stuff!

Today, we have meetings lined up with two non-profits that may be possible partners with Clean the World in the future. Working together with other charitable organizations focused on helping others and saving lives…. What an awesome thought!

And a special thank you for the wonderful dinner and time spent with Kathie and Adam last night. Kathie, CEO of Gilchrist & Soames had some wonderful ideas for ways to partner with Clean the World. We are so excited to continue those discussions in the coming days and weeks.

And here is a GREAT way to start what will be a WONDERFUL WEEK! We are so pleased to welcome the Hampton Inn & Suites in Tampa, Florida located in Ybor City to the Clean the World Hospitality Partner family. Located in the historic and extremely fun Ybor City, we recommend a fun and late night on the town in Ybor City, and then a safe and comfortable stay at a CTW partner hotel committed to Saving our Planet and Saving Lives! Check them out here: http://www.hamptoninn.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=TPAYBHX . And what a great distinction- The Hampton Inn & Suites in Tampa- Ybor City is our very first CTW Recycling partner hotel in Tampa, Florida. Congratulations and Thank You for leading the way!

Have a great week… more to come from NY soon!

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Off to the Big Apple for the Big Show!

Getting ready to leave the warm weather and sunny skies of Central Florida for the moderately chilly, but not too bad, and mostly sunny skies of the Big Apple! Clean the World is attending our first ever International Hotel/ Motel & Restaurant Show (http://www.ihmrs.com/attendee/ ) being held at the Javits Center in New York City. The show brings together hoteliers, vendors, suppliers, marketers and executives from all aspects of the hotel and restaurant industries.

Our good friends and partners Marietta Corp, (http://mariettacorp.com/ ), a leading hotel amenity provider, invited Clean the World to their booth for the duration of the show. There, we will have an opportunity to stand behind one of their new lines of amenities for 2010, the Pro Terra/ Clean the World line of soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. Additionally, Clean the World will have an opportunity to talk to Marietta’s national hotel chain clients about adding a Clean the World logo to their custom amenities placed in their guest rooms. Exciting stuff!

We are also meeting with another prominent amenity provider, Gilchrist & Soames (http://www.gilchristsoames.com/). Gilchrist & Soames offers high end amenities, found in the most luxurious hotels around the world. In an effort to reduce landfill waste and provide a recycling partnership to their high end hotel partners, Gilchrist & Soames CEO and I will meet to discuss ways to offer Clean the World’s recycling program to their clients. We are very excited about a potential partnership with this high end amenity provider.

In addition we will meet with many independent hotel and chain executives. It should be a wonderful time getting our message out to the industry that is adopting us every single day. We are counting on the hospitality industry to be the catalyst behind Changing History in Our Lifetime… one hotel room and bar of soap at a time!

Have a great week… More to come from the show!

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Two Big Thank You’s and a CTW Needs List…

Time to make special mention of two companies that have helped support Clean the World with supplies and service donations.

First to thank: RVI (Randall Vannoy Industries). RVI recently donated much needed items for the CTW recycling center in Orlando, FL. We recently received a dolly, tape, and tape guns. Randall continues to be on the lookout for necessary items and is always spreading the word about Clean the World. RVI installs curtains and dividers for commercial coolers across Central Florida. RVI is located in St. Cloud, FL and can be reached at 407-460-1123. Randall- THANK YOU!!

Next up- Sunbelt Rentals and our good friend Travis. Sunbelt provides Clean the World with an extremely important piece of equipment needed to sanitize our soap. Because our steaming process takes 3-phase electricity and the CTW recycling facility does not have 3-phase electricity, we must use a generator when it is time to sanitize the soap. We usually use the generator and sanitize soap prior to major soap distributions. Clean the World literally sanitizes tens of thousands of bars of soap when the generator arrives. Sunbelt has been extremely generous donating the generator at times for free or giving Clean the World extremely favorable rates for its use. Extra days of use have been the norm for Sunbelt. They are a wonderful equipment rental company with locations all over the country and we strongly encourage our fans to use Sunbelt whenever possible. Here is a link to their site: http://www.sunbeltrentals.com/  Travis at Sunbelt- THANK YOU!

It’s a good time to list items that Clean the World’s recycling facility needs. If you can donate any item below, please contact scooper@cleantheworld.org:

• Commercial steaming unit manufactured by Rational or similar (requires 3- phase elec., 440/480 V.31.5 KW)
• Commercial cooling unit by True Manufacturing or similar
• Round trip shipping bins manufactured By U-Line, 19.5 in. wide by 24 in. long by 12 in. high or similar
• Metal Sheet Trays 17 ¾ by 25 ¾
• Metal or Teflon Grilles 15 ¾ by 23 ¾
• Boxes 24 ½ wide by 33 ½ long by 11 in. high
• Pallets
• Plastic Bins 18 gallon and 30 gallon
• Heavy duty dollies
• Pallet jack
• Plastic 50 gallon garbage cans
• Heavy duty garbage bags
• 12 in. industrial size saran wrap
• 24 in. shrink wrap
• Plastic or metal storage racks
• Packaging tape
• Lysol spray
• Bleach
• Latex gloves
• Respiratory masks
• Plastic zip ties
• 6 and 8 ft. vinyl tables
• Office supplies (pens, notepads, office paper, blank DVD’s, ink toner, paper clips, sharpies, etc)
• Utility knives
• Dry Wall knives- 6 in. and 12 in.
• Hoses and nozzles
• Brooms and dust pans

Thank you all for your support and please have a WONDERFUL and BLESSED WEEKEND !!!

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Magic Makers !

So there we are… Paul and I standing directly behind the Phoenix Suns bench at last night’s Orlando Magic – Phoenix Suns game at Amway Arena in Orlando. The whistle blows for the second timeout of the first quarter and we begin to be escorted to center court.

There we stand, with Bo Outlaw, a former Orlando Magic basketball player, arms around both Paul and I on center court in front of a packed house, 14,000 strong. Doing what you ask? Well, last night, Clean the World was recognized by the Orlando Magic as Magic Makers!!

Magic Makers are individuals dedicated to making the Central Florida Community a better place. We are not on the site yet, but here is more information on the recognition received: http://www.nba.com/magic/community/magicmakers.html

It was a very exciting moment for Paul, myself and the entire Clean the World family as our organization’s name and story was put on the jumbo-tron and described by the Orlando Magic announcer to the entire arena.

It was only 10 days ago at the Orlando Magic opening game that our dear friend and Magic advocate Spencer spoke to the Magic’s director of multi-cultural and cause marketing, Lucas, about Clean the World. Lucas was immediately intrigued and asked us to send him information about our cause and our mission. We did, and Lucas made the entire recognition and center court event, a monumental one for us, happen in lightning fast time.

We are incredibly grateful to Lucas for quickly understanding our mission, our purpose, and recognizing our small, yet meaningful contribution to Central Florida and impoverished people abroad.

And now, we want to make our own recognition of an individual that has been there with Clean the World since its inception. Spencer has been my friend and Magic representative for more than a year. It was only a few months ago that I sat with Spencer and told him the vision of Clean the World. He immediately understood it and praised our efforts. Over the past several months, Spencer has continued to encourage us, spread the word about our cause, and been a huge fan. It was because of his word of mouth that Lucas found us, and then recognized us last night. And throughout the year that I have known him and the months he has known about Clean the World, there is one extremely evident trait about Spencer- he truly cares!

Spencer- please accept our award as Clean the World’s First Magic Maker!!

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The Beautiful Biltmore in Coral Gables, FL joins Clean the World

Paul Till, CTW co-Founder and I had the distinct pleasure of visiting one of the nicest, most luxurious hotels in South Florida. The Historic Biltmore Hotel of Coral Gables, built in the 1920’s, features 275 guest rooms, an 18 hole golf course, 10 tennis courts, acclaimed restaurants and 70,000 square feet of conference and meeting space.

Visit their site to see the magnificent pictures and read all the property details here: http://www.biltmorehotel.com/index.php but know this: that even the beautiful property shots online do not truly describe how breathtaking and beautiful this four star, four diamond property- The Biltmore- Coral Gables actually is.

From driving the beautiful grounds up to the main entrance, to passing the nostalgic Rolls Royce stationed in front of valet, to the shops in the lobby, and the masterful design and architecture, this property deserves all the accolades.

And now, by joining the Clean the World Recycling Program, The Biltmore- Coral Gables has another beautiful feature to add to their portfolio. Instead of throwing away the partially and slightly used bathroom amenities after their use, the Biltmore collects those items, stores them in hygienically and environmentally safe Clean the World recycling totes, and then donates the precious items to help Save Lives!

Championed by the Director of Green Initiatives, Fidel, it took the Biltmore one short visit to decide they would participate and embrace our program.

Thank you Fidel and the entire Biltmore- Coral Gables team for your commitment to not only the beauty found at your property, but to the beautiful causes of Saving our Planet and Saving Lives!!

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Clean the World is Privileged to help The Floating Doctors!

What a great blog to start a great week with: Let me tell you about an awesome non-profit, with very cool people who are truly focused on addressing needs, overcoming obstacles, and getting help to those that need it most.

Last week, Clean the World had the privilege of delivering 858 pounds of soap and over 2,000 sewing kits to a massive, 76 foot sailboat. The Southern Wind, as its named, is fully loaded with 20,000 pounds of medical supplies as it sets sail on its mission. Pushing out to sea from St. Augustine, FL yesterday, November 1, The Southern Wind is taking its 15 member crew of extremely talented and caring individuals on a 15 country sail.

But this isn’t just a medical supply transport boat. No, it is far, far more… It’s the Floating Doctors! A floating, sailing, navigating on the high seas, non-profit doctor’s office. Fully equipped with supplies, a labratory, and, well, very cool doctors and medical students committed to serving and helping those that need them and their practice. The Floating Doctors are committed to Saving Lives!

Led by Dr. Banjamin LaBrot, the Floating Doctors overcome shipping and logistical challenges often preventing these critical, life saving supplies and practices from reaching the islands and areas of the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific that they will sail to and serve. In addition to Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama, The Floating Doctors will take supplies to Cap Haitien, Haiti, an area very dear and close to the heart of Clean the World.

Dr. Ted Kaplan, our dear friend and partner, who heads the Cap Haitien Health Network, has coordinated with the Floating Doctors to pay a visit to the northern region of Haiti, desperate for medical supplies and doctor visits. It is because of Dr. Ted Kaplan that Clean the World learned of The Floating Doctors and was privileged to supply soap and sewing kits to the floating medical mission.

CNN recently did a wonderful, detailed story on The Floating Doctors. Please click on this link, read the story, and watch the video. This is an amazing group of individuals that is sacrificing a tremendous amount, leaving friends, family and jobs, to meet the medical needs of people that truly need it. http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/10/28/floating.doctors.sailboat/index.html

Again, I cannot stress this enough- We at Clean the World are very privileged to have been able to be a part of helping The Floating Doctors on their mission. Please think about them, pray for them, and maybe even send them a note of encouragement at their web-site: http://floatingdoctors.com/ .

Have a great week!

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