Skal International Orlando and its board of directors recently met at The Perry Pavilion at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando to confirm the commitment it started in 2010 to support the tremendous work done for families all over the world whose loved ones need extended medical care while visiting Orlando.

The Perry Pavilion, part of Orlando Health, serves the needs of hundreds of families each year by providing comfortable, accessible overnight lodging while their loved ones are receiving medical care.  More than half are travelers on vacation in Orlando. The two-story hospital pavilion features private guest rooms, a family gathering room, community resource center, laundry facilities and children’s play area, and can accommodate up to 10 families a night.

In addition to having its own guest room plaque at The Perry Pavilion, Skal International Orlando is also featured on a Benefactors Circle Plaque at the entrance of Dr. Phillips Hospital, joining other prominent travel and tourism industry organizations in the community (such as Visit Orlando and the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association) that support this worthy cause.

“It is an honor for our board and members to support The Perry Pavilion in so many different ways,” said Skal Orlando President John Stine. “All year, we collect kitchen, bathroom, guest room, laundry room supplies and monetary donations that the families rely on each and every day.”

Skal International, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, was founded in Paris, France in 1932 by travel trade managers.  From that modest beginning, Skal members now number more than 18,000 in over 450 clubs spread throughout 87 countries.

Skal International Orlando is among the Top 10 Skal Clubs in the world and was voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007.  For more information, go to  For membership information, contact Duane Winjum, SKAL USA Representative and Skal Orlando Membership Development Officer at