Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump And Shula’s America’s Steak House Celebrates Its Grand Opening In Short Pump

Celebrity Appearance By Legendary Coach Don Shula Raises $8382 For Junior Achievement Of Central Virginia

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February 01, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. -  Shamin Hotels is excited to announce a successful Grand Opening Celebration on January 28, 2010 at the new Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump. It is the 36th property to be added to the impressive portfolio of hotels and it is the 11th new hotel Shamin Hotels has opened in an 18 month time frame. The grand opening ceremony was attended by over 700 guests and the highlight of the evening was an autograph signing session and speech by legendary Coach Don Shula. Several other celebrities and honored guests spoke at the opening ceremony to commemorate the opening of the premier luxury property.

The evening kicked off at 5:00pm with hotel tours. Guests were first greeted in Shula's lounge with a glass of champagne. After tours of the Shula's lounge, the dining room and the three private dining rooms, guests were escorted to the executive floor for guest room tours and tours of the junior and executive suites. After going back to the main floor, guest enjoyed being the first to view the new Aura Spa and Salon.

In the Capital Ballroom, the legendary Don Shula, Coach of the Undefeated Miami Dolphins and their "Perfect Season" - the only team in NFL history to finish a season 17 - 0 was signing autographs and posing for photos with guests eager to meet him.

The Grand Opening Ceremony's Master of Ceremony was Chip Tarkenton. The ceremony com-menced with vice president of sales and marketing, Lori Darling stating "I am honored and proud to stand here today and announce the opening of new Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa as Shamin Hotels 36th hotel in our portfolio" The comment was met with applause from the audience of over 700 guests. The ceremony continued with speeches from Michael Sweeney, vice president of design and construction and Devin

Heath, general manager of the New Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa. Mr. Heath stated, "The opening is the culmination of an incredible vision and hard work by so many people to create a new, premier ho-tel in Richmond."

The ceremony continued with speeches from Mayor Dwight C Jones, Kim Scheeler, CEO of the Greater Richmond Chamber and Mary Ann McHugh, president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia. Hon-ored guests highlighted in the opening ceremony were, Willie Lanier, NFL Hall of Fame Linebacker-Kansas City Chiefs, Parny Parnell, owner of the Flying Squirrels Richmond's newest Farm team, Matt Farrior from the Farrior Foundation and the Henrico Board of Supervisors, James Donati, Dorothy Jack-el, Frank Thornton, Honorable David Kaechel, Virgil Hazellte and the Honorable Marleen Durfee.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Coach Don Shula, introduced by his son, Dave Shula. Coach Shula shared stories of his NFL and Super Bowl experiences that brought the crowd to laugher and a standing ovation at the end of his speech.

The silent auction to benefit Junior Achievement of Central Virginia raised $8283 for the charity. Mary Ann McHugh made a gracious speech about the charity and accepted the check in behalf of Shula's America's Steak House and the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa. Silent auction items included numerous pieced of autographed memorabilia from NFL greats like Brett Favre, Tony Roma, Payton Manning and of course, an autographed football from Coach Shula.

The evening came to a close as guests enjoyed the lavish display of delectable culinary delights by Chef Willie Miller which included, Shula's Carved Premium Black Angus Beef, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Black-ened Tenderloin Tips and the raw bar featuring an Ice Carving of the Lombardi Trophy of 1972.

About Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump
The Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa is the Richmond area's only full-service Hilton hotel. Shamin Hotels broke ground on the property in May of 2008. Today it stands majestic at 116 feet and eight stories tall with 246,000 square feet of luxury. The Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump brings a new para-digm to lodging and events in the greater Richmond area. The hotel offers 254 guestrooms and suites and more than 22,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including a grand ballroom that can ac-commodate more than 1,300 people.

The Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump Town Center offers spacious guest rooms furnished with Hilton's signature upscale in-room amenities including the Hilton Serenity Bed Package®, spacious workspaces with ergonomic chairs, and the technologically advanced GuestLinkTM system, which includes a 42-inch flat-screen HDTV multi-media monitor. Rooms also boast an oversized bathroom with the Hilton Serenity Bath Collection, featuring the exclusive Crabtree & Evelyn line of La Source® bath products.

The Aura Spa and Salon features Kerstin Florian products and treatments. Aura Spa is a unique contemporty one of a kind spa designed to be soothing and uplifting through the use of light and spatial displacement. It brings awe to the viewer's eye as the hundreds of thousands of LED lights change colors as it washes you in a sea of color to soothe the soul and refresh the sprit. The hotels four unique pedicure pods feature the LED lights and an I-Pod docking station to enjoy your favorite music while receiving a 60 minute signature pedicure. The spa offers a couples room, with a tub and shower for a varity of signature wet and dry treatments. Aura Spa and Salon is offering a grand opening special of $20 off any services over $100. It is applicable through March 31, 2010.

The Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump is nestled in the prominent Short Pump area, located just off Broad Street & Interstate 64 approximately 20 minutes from Richmond International Airport. Next door, the exclusive Short Pump Town Center features an upscale selection of options for shopping, entertainment, and dining.

About Shamin Hotels

Shamin Hotels, based in Richmond, Virginia, is a dynamic, growth-oriented hotel company that owns, operates, and develops commercial business hotels under Hilton, Marriott, InterContinental, and Choice flags. With 4000+ rooms in 36 properties across three states, Shamin Hotels is today recognized as the largest hotel owner and operator in Central Virginia. Deeply rooted in the hospitality industry, Shamin Hotels enjoys a number of advantages that give the company a competitive edge. Its senior management team has more than 100 years of combined experiences. This executive team along with more than 750 associates provides a daily wealth of intuitive input, perspective, and knowledge that helps to create the Shamin Touch. The company also has long-standing relationships with the industry's most highly regarded brands and has consistently been the recipient of awards from its franchisors. Shamin was awarded the multi brand developer of the year in 2003 by president Bush Sr. on behalf of Hilton Corporation. Most recently Shamin was awarded the 2009 America's Developer of the Year award from InterContinental Hotels Group. For more information, call 804-777-9000 or visit www.shaminhotels.com.

For more information regarding the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa, please call (804) 731-2234 or email
events@shaminhotels.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @Hilton Richmond / @Shulas Richmond or add us as a Facebook friend (Hilton Short Pump, Shula's Steak House Richmond and Aura Richmond).


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