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09/02/2010

You Make a Bed “Virtually” and TownePlace Suites Will Donate Up to $50,000 to the American Red Cross

TPS Make a Bed You may not like making your bed at home, but with TownePlace Suites by Marriott, making a bed makes a difference. Anytime between now and November 1, 2010, with a simple click on the brand’s new Facebook application www.facebook.com/makeabed, you make a bed and TownePlace Suites donates $2 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Our goal is to donate up to $50,000 by November 1, 2010.

In addition to helping others, you help yourself. After making a bed, you can register to win a Flip Video™ Camera. Take it one step further by sharing the Make a Bed app with your Facebook friends to help make an even bigger difference for people in need. When four of your friends on Facebook make a bed and register, you will be entered to win a 7-night stay at any participating TownePlace Suites location.

“TownePlace Suites customers like to stay connected and what better way to connect than to join with friends in your social network and help those in need,” said Peggy Fang Roe, Vice President, Brand Management, TownePlace Suites and Marriott Executive Apartments. “As an extended-stay hotel brand, we understand the importance of feeling the comforts of home while on the road. With money donated through the Make a Bed Facebook application, together we will help families get back into their own beds.”

Make a Bed is part of “real giving”, a TownePlace Suites by Marriott program serving the community across the United States. Through volunteer service and donation opportunities, the national “real giving” program engages TownePlace Suites associates, owners, franchisees and customers to help provide comfort and warmth to benefit those in need. During the program’s inaugural year, TownePlace Suites hotels donated over 1,000 blankets to children in hospitals across the country.

TownePlace Suites is an all-suites hotel brand designed for long-stays with moderately priced rooms. Launched in 1997, the brand currently has more than 190 locations in the United States. TownePlace Suites provides thoughtful spaces for both working and living and helps guests settle in by acclimating them to the neighborhood. Each TownePlace Suites offers studio, 1 and 2-bedroom residential-style suites, TowneMap® map wall with “Eat, Play, and Live” recommendations for orientation to the local area and In A Pinch® 24/7 food/beverage pantry. Guest rooms feature HomeOffice area with a larger, ergonomic work environment, a fully equipped kitchen and free in-room high speed internet access.

For more information or reservations, call the TownePlace Suites toll-free number at 800-257-3000 or visit the Web site at www.towneplacesuites.com.

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Towne Place Suites "Make a Bed" Sweepstakes Abbreviated Rules:  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Void outside the US and where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) ET on 9/1/10, ends 11:59:59 p.m. ET on 11/1/10. The TownePlace Suites “Make a Bed” Sweepstakes is open only to legal U.S. residents currently residing in the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years of age or the age of majority in their jurisdiction of primary residence as of 9/1/10.  One Grand Prize: 7-night stay at any participating TownePlace Suites in the U.S. (ARV: $1,050). Nine Weekly Prizes: Flip Video™ Camcorder (ARV: $199).  Total ARV of all prizes:  $2,841. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received by the end of each applicable entry period. For complete rules, entry and and eligibility requirements, visit the TownePlace Suites Fan Page at  www.facebook.com/makeabed. Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Information concerning the American Red Cross may be obtained by writing to its headquarters at 2025 E St, NW, Washington, DC 20006, Attn: Public Inquiry or visiting http://www.redcross.org/contactusform. Sweepstakes is sponsored by Marriott International, Inc., 20400 Fernwood Road, Dept. 55/953.14., Bethesda, Maryland, USA 20817. Copyright ©2010 Marriott International, Inc.  Marriott®, and TownePlace Suites® are trademarks of Marriott International, Inc. All rights reserved.