Mar 13, 2017

Atlanta, Georgia – Peak Campus, one of the nation’s leading student housing operators, and its philanthropy program, Peak Cares, is thrilled to announce the winner of the annual Spirit of Service award and the $5,000.00 donation to the winner’s charity. 

In addition to the national partnerships with Ronald McDonald House Charities and Sunshine on a Ranney Day, Peak Cares supports many local organizations and offers employees the opportunity to give back to local communities through the philanthropic program through volunteering efforts.  One charitable organization is selected as Peak’s service partner of the year, and the property or region that volunteered with the organization is selected for the “Spirit of Service” award, which is presented at the annual Leadership Conference.  On Peak’s National Day of Service, all properties and the corporate office donate their day to a local organization in need. 

The volunteer spirit of Tennessee was alive and well in this year’s award winner.  The trouble began on November 28, 2016 when the arson-induced wildfire spread from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park into the Gatlinburg area as 90-mph, hurricane-force winds toppled trees and power lines, blowing embers in all directions.  The wildfires spread through East Tennessee and forced more than 14,000 residents and visitors in Gatlinburg and surrounding areas to evacuate.  Officials estimated 1,684 structures were damaged or destroyed by the fires, 14 people were confirmed dead, and at least 134 people sustained injuries. 

This year’s “Spirit of Service” award winner was a Tennessee-based portfolio led by Regional Manager, Chrissy Cooke.  They selected the wildfire relief efforts of the Great Smoky Mountains as their cause.  The region is made of up six properties and sent 28 volunteers to Gatlinburg to donate their time at the main donation distribution center for their National Day of Service. 

“We are honored to be this year’s recipient of the Spirit of Service Award.  I am so grateful for the hard work of each of the volunteers in my region and the support from Peak Campus to be able to help our friends and neighbors in these times of need,” said Regional Manager, Chrissy Cooke.  “At Peak Campus, we believe people matter most and this is truly what it’s all about.”  

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About Peak Campus

Peak Campus, operating through a group of affiliated companies, is an institutional-grade property management and development company based in Atlanta, Georgia, focused exclusively on the student housing industry.  The companies' experienced professionals offer an unmatched ability to execute on strategies consistent with the goals and long term investment strategies of its partners.  The Companies have developed over 15,000 beds of purpose-built student housing, and currently manage over 52,000 beds, with a combined valuation of more than $3.0 billion for investors nationwide, making them the second largest private operator in the United States.  For more information about Peak Campus and its affiliates' full array of real estate solutions, please visit