As head of community outreach and associate relations programs at the hotel, Bea has made a profound impact on both the Skirvin Hilton Hotel and throughout Oklahoma City. In 2017 alone, Bea initiated, coordinated and oversaw nearly 30 community outreach programs and 76 associate activities and events. Because of her dedicated leadership, the Skirvin Hilton Hotel's team volunteered over 1,600 hours to support various charities and has developed a giving culture where associates are encouraged to volunteer and give back to others.
Outside of work, Bea volunteers with Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma's only private elementary school and social services agency specifically designed to support and care for homeless children, and has made a true difference within the organization. While volunteering, Bea noticed some of the children had ill-fitting shoes and others had holes in their shoes. This promted her to submit an application through the Skirvin Hilton Hotel as part of Hilton Corporate's Travel with Purpose Action Grant, a program that provides grants to hotels in order to improve the local community. Due to Bea's compelling nomination, the Skirvin Hilton Hotel was awarded a $3,000 grant to provide new shoes to Positive Tomorrows' children for the 2017/2018 school year. She also started a donation program in spring 2018 to help fund shoes for the 2018/2019 school year.
Additionally, Bea volunteers with several other nonprofit organizations, including the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Oklahoma City, Bethesda, Feed the Children food drives, multiple homeless shelters, and at Yukon High School, to name a few.
Going above and beyond doesn't stop there for Silva, as she also campaigns for stop signs and traffic signals to ensure safety on the roads. Traffic safety has touched her life personally as she lost her son in a tragic accident in an intersection with inadequate traffic signals. In addition to campaigning for the safety of others, she also started the Matthew J. Silva Memorial Scholalship in memory of her son. Last May, two well-deserving students each received a $1,000 scholarship. Bea has committed to continuing the scholarship for the next 10 years to carry on Matthew Silva's legacy.
To recognize Bea for her commitment to the community, The Marcus Corporation donated $1,000 to the charity of her choice, the Matthew J. Silva Memorial Scholarship.