Travel industry leader Global Connections, Inc. (GCI), the highly-respected resort developer, travel club fulfillment and service provider of Global Discovery Vacations, has its very own employee driven volunteer organization named the Committee of Awesomeness (C.O.A). The company supports ongoing philanthropic and social responsibility endeavors to assist local communities through charities and causes championed by its employees. The C.O.A organizes monthly events with various worthwhile groups in mind, sharing both physical and financial support.

The COA has been instrumental in collecting thousands of dollars over the years for the greater Kansas City area as well as for local communities where GCI has a presence. Over the years, the C.O.A. has supported Red Nose Day, the Harvesters Food Network, and Clean the World, among numerous other monthly charitable causes.

Most recently, the C.O.A. community effort was an Ice Cream Social to raise funds and school supplies as a back-to-school event.

Tiffany Oldham, of the C.O.A., said, “A school supply drive is an easy way to have a profound impact on teachers and their students’ learning experiences. Lucky for us, we knew a couple of local teachers in need of supplies. So, our Committee of Awesomeness rolled up their sleeves to scoop some ice cream!”

The great event not only raised money to buy school supplies but also collected a plethora of supplies ranging from notepads to markers from team members and leaders.

“We are pleased to stand by these important causes whose work supports families and children,” said Tom Lyons, President and CEO of Global Connections and a devoted community philanthropist. “Our Global Team is always ready to participate in fundraisers and charitable events to make the lives of others better.”

About Global Connections, Inc.
Global Connections, Inc. is based in Overland Park, KS, opening in 1996 as a travel club fulfillment and service provider.  Considered a leader in the travel club industry, GCI offers the members of its Global Discovery Vacations club program a wide variety of leisure benefits and vacation options at more than 700 North American resorts.  GCI is the developer and owner of resorts in California, Florida, Tennessee and Colorado as well as owning and leasing numerous resort condominium units throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Caribbean. For more information about GCI visit

About Global Discovery Vacations
Global Discovery Vacations is a respected membership-based travel club offering its members access to condominium accommodations, cruise and tour vacations, a full-service travel agency, a concierge program, and other leisure benefits. For more information about Global Discovery Vacations visit