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Graylyn Gives Back

What sets Graylyn apart from other hotels and conference centers? At the heart of our mission, we believe in giving back to the community. Original owners Bowman and Nathalie Gray were deeply committed to philanthropic endeavors and supporting the greater community of Winston-Salem. Today, we incorporate those values in everything we do, from serving a guest to hosting a retreat for a Fortune 500 company.

Our proceeds are allocated, in part, to funding scholarships to Wake Forest University, supporting local schools, and preserving the historic integrity of the estate.

Local Schools

Through the Satellite Program, Graylyn has committed resources, staff and time to train students with developmental needs, offering them paid internships that allow them to explore careers in the food and banquet industries.

The Children’s Center

A portion of the estate grounds is dedicated to the Children’s Center of Winston-Salem, a school that primarily serves children with orthopedic and/or long-term chronic health impairments. Graylyn and the Children’s Center also share long-standing traditions including an annual holiday party.

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The Graylyn Scholarship

Each year, Graylyn donates a portion of its business success back to Wake Forest University to fund the Graylyn Scholarship. The University awards this full scholarship to an incoming student demonstrating strong leadership skills and academic excellence.

Historic Preservation

Preserving the original splendor of this historic estate takes many resources. Graylyn strives to equip each part of the estate with today’s modern technology while also maintaining and enhancing the original historic charm.

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Green Initiatives

Graylyn blends its historical features with everyday sustainable practices, focusing on educating its staff on the importance of waste reduction, recycling, and energy conservation and helping them implement those practices throughout the property.

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