For Eblen Charities and thirteen area hotels the tournament doesn’t begin in March, it only culminates there as, starting February 20th, banners and collection barrels were delivered to our competing hotels in the 3rd Annual Hoops Against Hunger Hotel Challenge. We are honored that eleven of the SoCon Team Host Hotels along with two additional Virtelle hotels will be participating this year as they collect food donations from their guests and employees in effort to help feed thousands of children in Western North Carolina.

Participating Hotels:

Crowne Plaza, Cambria Hotel, Doubletree Hotel, Hampton Inn Biltmore, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Biltmore Park, Hyatt Place, Renaissance Hotel, Sheraton Four Points, Holiday Inn Biltmore West, Holiday Inn Express & Suites SW Outlet Center, Comfort Suites Outlets, Quality Inn & Suites Biltmore East

Last year, due in large part to this competition we were able to collect a literal ton of food and our goal this year is to shoot for that again! The Hotel Challenge has proven to be an excellent means of accomplishing that goal as it provides a fun way to collect through friendly competition with a wonderful tournament prize as each winning hotel will receive 30 Tickets for their staff to the Men’s Championship Game where they will be honored at center court with their championship trophy. All the food donated during the tournament will be distributed to students in Buncombe County for Spring Break.

Hotels will be judged on the amount and variety of food collected, as well as their team spirit for the competition. Although the collecting continues through the tournament weekend, the challenge ends March 4th before the tournament. We encourage everyone to check in with our social media for their posts and to thank them for their efforts in the next few weeks as we see how the competition heats up. You may even want to stop by your favorite hotel and donate there yourself, as it truly is a team effort.

“It is a most heartening visual to walk into a hotel lobby during the tourney weekend to see the sheer volume of food these competing hotels provide. While they may not realize the impact their collection of food has on the children in our community, we at Eblen Charities are quite aware and very grateful.” – Eddie Gumm (Eblen Charities)

We would like to thank our partners who make the Hoops Against Hunger Program possible; Ingles Markets, Southern Conference, iHeartMedia Asheville, News 13 WLOS, Arby’s, Pepsi, Brumit Restaurant Group, Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission and Buncombe County Schools.


Cereal, Peanut Butter, Crackers, Fruit Cups, Shelf Stable Dinners, (like frozen dinners but found on shelves) Canned Meat (Beef, Tuna, Chicken, etc..) Cheese Crackers, Ramen Noodles, Instant Oatmeal, Granola Bars, Quick Mac & Cheese, Pop-Top Ravioli, Pudding Cups, Pop-Tart

First Place Winner's Hilton Garden Inn 2019
First Place Winner’s Hilton Garden Inn 2019

For more information on the Eblen Charities Hoops Against Hunger Program please contact Amanda Putnam via email at [email protected]