The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, a MMI Hotel Group property and cherished St. Simons Island destination, has announced its partnership with the St. Simons Island Land Trust’s Pennies for Preservation Program to help protect and preserve St. Simons Island. The resort hopes to continue its longstanding traditions that align with the trust’s mission to preserve the island’s natural and scenic character and to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations.
Pennies for Preservation is a voluntary one percent giving program in which the business community helps raise funds to preserve and protect greenspaces, wilderness areas, trails, waterways, wildlife, important habitat, and tree canopy on St. Simons Island. Over the past two decades, the St. Simons Land Trust has preserved and protected more than 1,000 acres.
“We are a family-owned and operated business, so we put our heart in everything we do,” says Micajah Sturdivant, President of MMI Hotel Group. “The resort is a longtime member of the Historic Hotels of America via the National Trust for Historic Preservation, so partnering with the St. Simons Island Land Trust was a logical alliance for us. Preserving the natural beauty of our area has always been a priority for The King and Prince team and we are honored to continue that tradition with this partnership.”
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is participating in the program by including a voluntary donation of one dollar per each night’s stay. Every penny of the donations goes directly to protecting important acreage at Oatland North on the island’s north end and to helping create a wilderness corridor on St. Simons. This environmentally important land is a part of the former Oatlands Plantation and shows evidence of human occupation for nearly 5,000 years. Furthermore, it’s nestled within maritime forest that is thick with live oaks, pines, palmetto, and other indigenous coastal plants.
“The small contributions from many make an enormous, positive impact on the whole community, island, and our guests,” says Bart Johnson, General Manager of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. “The resort also has a ‘Going Green’ program that includes multiple environmentally friendly focuses such as being a member of the Clean the World program that reduces waste. We are proud to further our green footprint by participating in the Pennies for Preservation program.”
Sara Baker, who developed and manages the Pennies for Preservation program, said the Land Trust’s lodging partnership started more than 20 years ago with The Cloister and The Lodge at Sea Island. In 2017, the partnership expanded into the Pennies for Preservation program and was met with tremendous community success. In 2019, it won the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Partner of the Year Award. In addition to several lodging partners, the Pennies for Preservation program partnerships include restaurants, retailers, media and service providers, art galleries, and many others.
With over 80 years of tradition, The King and Prince Resort has a legendary blend of gracious Southern hospitality, historic charm, and seaside setting. From the soaring, sun-lit atrium, the center of resort activities, to the oceanfront dining, swimming pools, miles of beautiful beaches, tennis courts, award-winning golf courses, and conference facilities, this iconic resort is your one stop destination for an unforgettable St. Simons Island vacation, staycation, or event. Visit kingandprince.com or call (800) 342-0212 to learn more.