Tocci Hosted Hotel Industry Pioneer Jack DeBoer for an evening dinner and discussion on Doing Well and Doing Good


dinner table with plates and wine glasses

On June 17th Tocci Building Companies hosted noted entrepreneur and hotelier Jack Deboer

Jack Deboer created and built the Residence Inn, Summerfield Suites, and Candlewood Suites brands. He is widely credited as the father of the extended stay hotel concept with his first Residence Inn in 1975. Over a light summer dinner, Jack shared the inspirational story of his business success and how it led to an even greater passion to rescue children in Myanmar and around the world. He and his wife, Marilyn, were particularly moved to help in Myanmar and chose the humanitarian organization World Vision as their partner. Due to their support, World Vision started work in Myanmar in 1989 as the only NGO in the country. To this day they remain the largest individual donors in Myanmar.

Last year Jack joined Tocci and the Frey Family to provide major funding for World Vision’s street children rescue program in the Republic of Georgia. The event on June 17th (see pictures from the event below) was the second in a three-year commitment to fund this vital program to rescue Georgia’s street children. The widespread poverty in this former Soviet Union country has weakened the family unit and forced scores of children onto the streets to beg and steal for a living, leaving them vulnerable to neglect, trafficking, and exploitation. This three-year “Georgia Children in Crisis Project” requires $880,865 in funding, with your help we WILL make a difference in these children’s lives.

Thank you to all those who have already donated.