Widely acclaimed industry executive notable for the charity initiatives he persistently brings forward, — Des Hague has long been demonstrating his dedication to offering a much needed assistance and social support to children and families, who come from undesirable financial circumstances, to achieve finer things in life and – most importantly – the services they need but cannot always afford due to high costs. Humbled to continue his philanthropic contributions, Hague has been actively supporting the Stamford Youth Foundation (SYF), a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization focused on child-based initiatives and programs in the surrounding area. Hague is a celebrated leader with over 25 years of experience guiding companies like North American event hospitality firm Centerplate into continued success. His principal area of responsibility within the organization’s board will remain on fundraising, chairing the corporate donations campaign to fuel additional income toward SYF course development.
As a result of his ongoing work in not-for-profits and charities, Hague has assisted countless organizations raise money toward their collective goal of realizing their missions. Hague’s unfaltering dedication to community service and volunteerism will directly contribute to new initiatives within the Stamford Youth Foundation. An avid supporter of the SYF for several years, Hague has expressed his enthusiasm to be elevated into the position of a board member.
Founded in 2001, the Stamford Youth Foundation offers young people a variety of character-building activities to help them reach their full potential. “The foundation started out as a middle school football and cheerleading development organization,” tells Hague. “But the immense public response throughout Stamford prompted SYF founders Marc Lyons and Greg Dempsey to expand the extracurricular options far beyond their original scope.” Additional benefits include two academic programs – the Odyssey of the Mind creative problem-solving course series as well as ongoing chess meetings. Furthermore, health and nutrition workshops are also available to reinforce the importance of regular exercise and mindful eating.
Special emphasis is placed on assisting disadvantaged children with scholarship opportunities for economically struggling families. With over 2500 active students, including approximately 800 receiving scholarships or other financial assistance, the core SYF objectives are to unite and encourage diversity by working toward common goals and to support all members in building their confidence, self-respect and a strong work ethic. Des Hague is looking forward to serve on the board of SYF and hopes to continue its solid growth pattern into even more options and availability to students in and around the Stamford region.
With twenty-five plus years leading global companies, Des Hague is a highly-regarded innovator in the international business community. His forward-thinking approach has achieved sustained growth and robust competitiveness in a changing uncertain world. His past positions include President of Safeway Inc., President of IHOP, President of Hot Stuff Foods LLC, Vice President of 7-Eleven Inc. and, most recently, President/CEO of CenterPlate Inc., the largest event hospitality company in North America. Hague is also the Co-Founder of Hague Enterprises, a Colorado-based advisor and investment company, focused in multiple sectors. In addition, Hague serves on the boards of DVETelepresence, PING HD, WC&P, Lessons For Life, World of Beer, Halls Cheese, Serenity Spa and Salon and the Stamford Youth Foundation along with advising on several start-up ventures.
Des Hague contributes significant time and energy to non-profit charitable work and has helped raise more than $100 million over the past few years for many non-profits, including the Stamford Youth Foundation, a local organization offering multiple after-school programs for young people, and The Journey Home, a Baltimore-based Foundation fighting homelessness. Hague’s goal for Hague Enterprises, LLC is to find that perfect blending of business and philanthropic activities.
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