Hotels that give back

Julie Loffredi – Lifestyle

(Broadry) – As hotels welcome travelers from near and far, many properties are becoming an integral part of the communities they serve, partnering with philanthropic organizations locally and nationally to make a difference.

We have highlighted some hotels that are doing their part to help others, embodying the heart of true hospitality:

After nearly two decades of close collaboration around the world, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts recently announced its first global partnership with Make-A-Wish® with the launch of Wishes Start Here. For over 40 years, Make-A-Wish has granted the life-changing wishes of children diagnosed with serious illnesses and their families. Wishes Start Here is dedicated to turning a child’s fondest dream into reality, leaving them with incredible memories that will last a lifetime. Over the next three years, Fairmont is committed to making the dreams of more than 500 children come true, while donating charitable support to the acclaimed organization.

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The Liberty Hotel in Boston has long hosted weekly Fashionably Late fashion shows, where models strut down the 90-foot-tall lobby catwalk (yes, a real catwalk because the property was a 19th-century prison!), pose on tables , ride escalators, and weave through crowds with designer duds, and local charities often benefit. For example, her upcoming fashion show with famed shoe designer Thom Solo on September 29 will benefit Women’s lunch spot, a one-time women’s day shelter offering healthy meals, daily necessities like toiletries and new underwear, and individual advocacy, including help finding shelter beds, emergency housing , permanent housing, benefits, employment, fleeing domestic violence and other solutions for complex and long-term problems. Women’s Lunch Place is also a well-known safe space for members of Boston’s LGBTQIA+ community.

The Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, was launched in 2009 to give back to the home islands as resorts in the key areas of education, community and the environment. To date, they have donated $77 million to projects in the Caribbean with the help of 26,000 volunteers. Best of all, 100% of proceeds go directly back to communities. This fall, Sandals will officially welcome its first class of students to the Gordon “Butch” Stewart International School of Hospitality and Tourism. This new school will prepare the next generation to excel in various tourism and tourism-related sectors, including entertainment, construction, engineering, food and beverage, and supply chain logistics. Scheduled to debut online for the fall 2022 semester, plans are underway for a brick-and-mortar school to be located at the West Indies University’s Jamaica West Campus in Montego Bay, in Jamaica, with a completion target set for 2023.

In 2016, Omni Hotels & Resort launched Say Goodnight to Hungeran initiative in which for every stay booked and completed at an Omni-branded hotel or resort in the United States, Omni donates the monetary equivalent of a meal ($0.10) to the leader in the fight against hunger, Feed America®. Since the campaign began, more than 20 million meals have been donated to help Feeding America provide nutritious meals to food banks to feed children, families and seniors in communities across the country. Since 2017, Omni has been a partner of the PGA Tour on its “Birdie or Better” campaign, raising funds for Say Goodnight to Hunger. For every birdie or better scored in each tournament, the equivalent of four meals will be donated to Feeding America. Year-to-date, Omni has donated more than 875,000 meals through the birdie-or-better program.

Hyatt hotels just celebrated the fourth anniversary of RiseHY, a global program designed to match career opportunities in the hospitality industry with young people in need. As part of the initiative, Hyatt hotels around the world have pledged to hire 10,000 Opportunity Youth — people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor working — by 2025. The company partners with community organizations around the world providing skills and career training. readiness programs to bring RiseHY to life and help vulnerable youth gain the education and skills they need to grow and thrive. With the help of virtual reality, young people can experience life working inside a hotel, while digital technology designed to match candidate skills with entry-level employment range that suits them best will help them succeed from the start. With the help of organizations such as Youth Career Initiative and Grads of Life, Hyatt hotels can offer on-the-job training programs as well as full-time jobs.

Food lovers, listen up! Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spaa luxury establishment in Saint-Barth has just launched a zero-waste cooking class in collaboration with the chef of the hotel’s new restaurant Saint Barth friends, which serves island-inspired French Mediterranean cuisine. Chef Vincent Gomis and his culinary team will guide guests through an educational culinary experience to limit food waste while supporting small local fishing businesses. Guests will accompany the chef to the beach in front of the hotel to greet local fishermen as they drop anchor and introduce the local catch of the day. There, guests will hand-select their fish and join the chef in the energy-efficient kitchen to learn how to apply zero-waste cooking techniques to their meal, using every piece of food from pit to skin and composts to create juices. , dressings and sauces and even the fish eggs to make the restaurant’s signature tarama. The chef hopes that this experience will inspire and encourage more people to consume local, seasonal and zero waste meals while supporting local producers in the regions in which they live. This new experience follows the hotel’s partnership with the Territorial Environmental Agency of Saint-Barth (ATE); which joins forces with scientists and ecologists to protect and preserve the wild nature that inhabits the island, particularly in the Nature Reserve overlooked by Le Barthélemy.

Wynn Resorts works with The Pack Shack, a non-profit organization that partners with businesses, schools and universities, faith-based organizations and other groups to ensure food security through their “Feed the Funnel” in their US properties. Last June, Encore Boston Harbor staff, friends, family, community partners, vendors and guests packed 83,000 meals which were distributed within the local community. The hotel now hosts Feed the Funnel events twice a year and have set a goal of packing more than three times the amount of meals they had in the past.

Written by Broadry Contributor Andrea McHugh

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