LIHUE — Marriott International recently announced that 31 of its hotels and resorts in Hawaii, including on Kauai, raised more than $100,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The fundraising campaign is part of the Marriott Spirit to Serve Our Communities Movement, comprising financial contributions, in-kind giving and associate volunteerism.
“Kapiolani Medical Center for Women &Children does a tremendous job ensuring the health and wellness of so many children and families here in Hawaii,” said Cheryl Williams, general manager of The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, who chaired the fundraising campaign. “Our entire Marriott ohana is proud to support Kapiolani Medical Center and the Children’s Miracle Network.”
Money was raised through campaigns initiated by hotel and resort employees who enlisted the participation of guests and associates. Many of the resorts raised funds through a breakfast campaign, where a portion of the breakfast buffet sales went to the charity. Collectively, the breakfast campaigns raised $36,670.
In addition, guests at some of the resorts’ restaurants were invited to contribute by adding a donation to their dining bill. Other efforts undertaken by individual resorts included:
w The “Children’s Miracle Bungalow,” where proceeds from the rental of one of the Sheraton Kauai Resort’s eight private poolside bungalows raised more than $20,000.
w Employee-organized activities at Kauai Marriott Resort &Beach Club, such as a food booth, craft fair, root beer float sales, movie night and May Day lei contest, raised more than $3,600.
“The involvement of Marriott’s associates played a key role in the success of the Children’s Miracle Network campaign, and we are proud of their creativity and their commitment to supporting our local community,” Williams continued. “We are equally grateful to our guests for playing an integral role by partaking in the various initiatives and donating.”