Vesta In the Community
At Vesta Hospitality we believe in being good stewards in the communities in which we do business. At a corporate level Vesta supports a variety of community services, initiatives and organizations. We encourage and support each hotel to be community leaders through volunteerism and participation in local charities.
Vesta Hospitality supports and is actively involved in the following organizations:
Rotary Vancouver, Washington Chapter
Awarded the Rotarian of the Year award in 2008, Rick Takach has been an active Rotarian since 1997. Rotary is an organization that brings together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The largest local contribution is an annual community event - the Vancouver Rotary Foundation's Festival of Trees. This event takes place on Thanksgiving weekend and holds opportunities for children of all age (from 0-110). Rick Takach has successfully chaired the Festival of Trees event for three consecutive years (2001, 2002, 2003) raising more than $150,000 each year, which was distributed for scholarships and community organizations by the Vancouver Rotary Foundation.
Clark Community College Foundation
Rick Takach joined the Clark College Foundation Board of Directors in 2008. The 24-member Board is comprised of leaders in business and civic affairs, the College and Foundation presidents, and two representatives from the Clark College Board of Trustees. Board members serve without compensation, volunteering their time and expertise. Takach is currently Chairman Culinary Committee.
Old Evergreen Trail Coalition
Rick Takach serves as Chairman for the Old Evergreen Trail Coalition, a project that works to preserve the rich historical and cultural gifts along Evergreen Highway in Vancouver, Washington; when completed the trail will provide recreational and cultural opportunities for everyone in Clark County.
Vancouver Historic Reserve Trust
As an active member of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve Trust, Rick Takach has been instrumental in donating his time and effort to raise funds supporting the Trust including a contestant in "Dancing with the Stars of Vancouver" in August 2008. The event raised over $61,000 for the Trust, Takach raised $31,000 for the event. The Vancouver National Historic Reserve Trust provides stewardship, education and advocacy for the 366 acre Vancouver National Historic Reserve. Designated by Congress in 1996, the Historic Reserve includes the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Pearson Air Field & Museum, Officers Row & Vancouver Barracks. The Trust recognizes the Historic Reserve as both a community legacy and a national treasure.
In honor of Vesta Hospitality's 20th anniversary Takach donated $20,000 to four very deserving community organizations receiving $5,000 each. The organizations were chosen because of their commitment to enhancing the lives of people in the community and providing assistance in career development: Leadership Clark County, Partners in Careers, Innovative Services NW, and Cascadia Technical Academy/Clark County Skills Center Foundation.