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HILTON PULLS OUT PARTY STOPS FOR 4OTH

By Joyce M. Johnson
Special to the Beacon Journal

The Hilton Akron/Fairlawn welcomed 900 people Friday evening to celebrate 40 years in business with the same owner.

Hilton owner Rennick Andreoli has the longest-running franchise in the world.

''I worked on building this hotel 40 years ago,'' said Ted Curtis, who attended the event with his wife, Carol Curtis.

Proceeds benefit the Stephen A. Comunale Jr. Family Cancer Foundation, which Andreoli co-founded in memory of his late godson.

The event included four parties in different rooms.

''It is overwhelming,'' Rose Young said as she stepped into the Club 40 room designed by Neil Leeson.

''We didn't know what to expect, but this is beyond what I could imagine,'' added Libby Alessio.

''We spent three days getting this room together,'' said Stephen Tokar, who along with his assistant, Tasha Tobin, created a South Beach theme by the pool with hanging globe lamps and turquoise accents.

Other room designers were Eileen Benson, Lori Reilly and Lyn Bober.

Sushi lovers Ellie and John Finelli liked the Asian-themed room.

''This just reaffirms Hilton's original vision,'' said Bill Jones of the corporate office.

J. Michael Williams said, ''We have employees who have been here 30 and 40 years and that says a lot.''

Beth Warholy sat with her sister-in-law, Mary Warholy, and friends Mark and Paula Edmunds. Guests Glenn and Anne Goodrich savored the atmosphere in each area.

''So far, we like each room that we have entered and we are just starting to make the rounds,'' Anne Goodrich said.

The Hilton Akron/Fairlawn welcomed 900 people Friday evening to celebrate 40 years in business with the same owner.

Hilton owner Rennick Andreoli has the longest-running franchise in the world.

''I worked on building this hotel 40 years ago,'' said Ted Curtis, who attended the event with his wife, Carol Curtis.

Proceeds benefit the Stephen A. Comunale Jr. Family Cancer Foundation, which Andreoli co-founded in memory of his late godson.

The event included four parties in different rooms.

''It is overwhelming,'' Rose Young said as she stepped into the Club 40 room designed by Neil Leeson.

''We didn't know what to expect, but this is beyond what I could imagine,'' added Libby Alessio.

''We spent three days getting this room together,'' said Stephen Tokar, who along with his assistant, Tasha Tobin, created a South Beach theme by the pool with hanging globe lamps and turquoise accents.

Other room designers were Eileen Benson, Lori Reilly and Lyn Bober.

Sushi lovers Ellie and John Finelli liked the Asian-themed room.

''This just reaffirms Hilton's original vision,'' said Bill Jones of the corporate office.

J. Michael Williams said, ''We have employees who have been here 30 and 40 years and that says a lot.''

Beth Warholy sat with her sister-in-law, Mary Warholy, and friends Mark and Paula Edmunds. Guests Glenn and Anne Goodrich savored the atmosphere in each area.

''So far, we like each room that we have entered and we are just starting to make the rounds,'' Anne Goodrich said.



 

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