Darnell’s Lake Resort Unveils Winner of Logo Contest

August 16, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
CHELAN - August 16, 2007 - A Chelan High School student was selected as the winner ofthe contest designed to choose a new logo for the recently acquired Deepwater Event Center. The winning student, Amanda Van Diest, was selected from a field of 27 of her artistically gifted peers. For her winning entry, Van Diest received a $1,500 college scholarship granted by the McNaughton Foundation.

The McNaughton Group, which owns Darnell’s Resort and the Deepwater Event Center, conceived the idea for the contest thinking they would receive a fresher look and unique perspective for the logo by looking to their community as their resource rather than
electing to use a professional design team. At the backbone of this contest was the McNaughton Foundation, who sponsored the scholarship. The McNaughton Foundation places great value in community enrichment and youth education. At Darnell’s seasonopening
dinner, representatives from the McNaughton Foundation and Columbia
Hospitality, who manages Darnell’s Lake Resort, reviewed the entries from art students hailing from Chelan and Manson High Schools. After considering all the tremendous designs, they announced that Van Diest, a junior at Chelan High School, had submitted the first place entrant. Her winning design was used as the inspiration for the new Deepwater Event Center’s logo, which will be used in marketing materials and their website.

The McNaughton Foundation was formed by the McNaughton Group with a vision of
improving youth education in the communities where they conduct business. Each year, a significant percentage of the company’s profits are used to fund causes such as youth
clubs, cancer research, and educational organizations. Everyone involved with the contest considered it a major success, “It was truly special to see the mission of the McNaughton
Foundation used in such a functional and creative way,” stated Grace McClellan, sales manager at Darnell’s. “We are pleased to see such a great design for the logo come out of
the contest, but we are even more delighted to see how much joy and fulfillment all of the students received who were involved in this challenge” she said. For more information about Darnell’s Lake Resort, visit www.darnellsresort.com


About Darnell’s Lake Resort
Locatedon more than four acres of Lake Chelan waterfront, Darnell’s Lake Resort is the premier family and group resort in the Chelan area. Featuring various activities on its 300-plus feet of waterfront, such as lighted tennis courts, beach volleyball, nine-hole
putting, and a heated swimming pool and hot tub, Darnell’s provides their guests with a fun-filled yet relaxing experience. In addition, Darnell’s offers extensive meeting and event space to fulfill any needs large groups may have while staying at the resort. Their facilities include the Cabana, with over 1,200 square feet of waterfront event space, the Beach Court for scenic outdoor gatherings, and nearby Deepwater Event Center with 5,600 square feet of event space on two levels with the capacity for up to 175 guests. Darnell’s Lake Resort is managed and operated by Columbia Hospitality, Inc. More
information is available at www.darnellsresort.com

About Columbia Hospitality, Inc.
Columbia Hospitality, Inc., a leading hospitality management and consulting firm, was founded in 1995 by John Oppenheimer. Columbia Hospitality creates exceptional experiences for guests and employees while achieving phenomenal results for its property
owners. Specializing in luxury hotel and resort management, Columbia Hospitality expertly transforms each vision for a unique property into an enduring and profitable business. Columbia Hospitality’s premier properties include boutique hotels and secluded resorts such as the following:

• Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon in Kenwood, Calif.
• The Inn at Langley on Whidbey Island, Wash.
• Friday Harbor House on San Juan Island, Wash.
• Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes, also on San Juan Island
• Darnell’s Lake Resort on Lake Chelan, Wash.
• The Resort at Deer Harbor, on Orcas Island, Wash.
• Holmes Harbor Golf & Beach Club on Whidbey Island, Wash

The company also manages a portfolio of conference centers and event venues in
Washington state, including the following:

• Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle
• Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside
• Talaris Conference Center in Seattle
• Washington Mutual Leadership Center at Cedarbrook in SeaTac, Wash.

Columbia represents unique venues as well, including the following:

• World Trade Center Seattle
• Club Cielo at Escala in Seattle
• Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center in Seattle
• Pier 30 Event Center in Seattle

The company additionally supports an active consulting division that has worked on more than 80 hospitality development projects in five Western U.S. states and Canada. For more information about Columbia Hospitality, visit www.columbiahospitality.com