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Indiana Residents on Target for More Archery

Jay McAninch, ATA president/CEO, accepts a donation from Indiana-based hotel development and management company White Lodging. From left are Mark Reiter, director of the fish and wildlife division at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources; Jay McAninch; Phil Ray, general manager of JW Marriott Indianapolis; and Leonard Hoops, president/CEO of Visit Indy.

Author: Teresa Johnson

Jay McAninch, president/CEO of the Archery Trade Association (ATA), has accepted a donation from White Lodging – an Indiana-based hotel development and management company – to support archery programs in Indianapolis and Indiana.

Phil Ray, general manager of the JW Marriott Indianapolis, represented White Lodging, which pledged $15,000 for 2016 and $15,000 for 2017. “White Lodging is honored to support the ATA and its statewide network of partners to advance the great sport of archery, especially to kids who might be new to it,” Ray said.

Also participating in the check presentation were Leonard Hoops, president/CEO of Visit Indy; and Mark Reiter, director of the fish and wildlife division at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“Indianapolis is home to the ATA Trade Show for six of the next seven years, and we’re eager to share the sport of archery with Hoosiers,” McAninch said. “We plan to develop programs with great partners in Indianapolis, including the Indiana DNR.”

McAninch also announced that the ATA will match White Lodging’s generous donation, and work with its many Indianapolis partners contributing to the effort. “Getting Indiana kids into archery not only gives them a fun sport to learn, but also enhances character-building traits like discipline, motivation, focus, and sportsmanship,” McAninch said.

The ATA hopes to engage its Indianapolis-area business partners in this effort. “With our Trade Show now in Indy, we’d like those who benefit from our industry – including Visit Indy, the Indiana Convention Center and our many hotel and restaurant partners – to follow White Lodging’s example,” McAninch said.

The ATA will work throughout this year to develop and enhance archery programs for Hoosier residents. It will announce details of next year’s program during its annual ATA Trade Show next year in Indianapolis. The three-day Show will be Jan. 10-12, 2017.

Visit Indy estimates the ATA Trade Show – which attracts more than 9,000 attendees – generates $9.8 million in visitor spending each year.

About White Lodging Services Corporation

White Lodging Services Corporation was established in 1985 and is headquartered in Merrillville, Ind. White Lodging is a fully integrated hotel ownership, development and operations company – a recognized leader that has defined and cultivated the ability to achieve consistent, sustainable growth among mid-to large-scale hotels across the country. Its current portfolio consists of more than 161 hotels in 21 states and encompasses representation of the following leading brands: Preferred Hotel Group, Marriott International, Inc., Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Global, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, InterContinental Hotel Group and Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. For more information about White Lodging, please visit Contact: Kathleen Sebastian, Phone: 219.472.2861.

About Visit Indy

The mission of Visit Indy is to increase Indianapolis economic growth by strategically selling the destination to conventions, meetings, events, and leisure travelers. According to Rockport Analytics, 27.4 million visitors generate $4.5 billion in total economic impact annually and support 75,000 full-time equivalent jobs in Central Indiana.  For more information,

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