Thursday, May 24, 2018

JW Marriott Donates $120,000 to Food Bank

Members of the executive staff at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort presented the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida with a donation of $120,163.55. From left: Laurie Valant, Director of Event Management, JW Marriott, Marcus Borman, Resident Manager, Kelli King, Major Gifts Officer For Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Rick Medwedeff, General Manager, Amanda Cox, Director of Sales and Marketing and Tu Chi, Director of Human Resources. Submitted Photo

Members of the executive staff at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort presented the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida with a donation of $120,163.55. From left: Laurie Valant, Director of Event Management, JW Marriott, Marcus Borman, Resident Manager, Kelli King, Major Gifts Officer For Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Rick Medwedeff, General Manager, Amanda Cox, Director of Sales and Marketing and Tu Chi, Director of Human Resources. Submitted Photo

The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort has reached the culmination of their #ReturnToParadise campaign relief efforts by donating an impressive $120,163.55 to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.

Since reopening after Hurricane Irma on October 2, 2017, the resort pledged multiple ways to contribute to the effort including 10 percent of the resort room rate when the “Return to Paradise” package was booked; $1 from purchases of breakfast buffets at Maia, every Piña Colada sold at Quinn’s on the Beach, and every round of golf at The Rookery and Hammock Bay Golf courses; $5 from every massage 50 minutes or longer booked at the SPA by JW and each reserved Sailing and Shelling excursion; as well as 25 cents for each bottle of water sold by the event team. The food bank will be able to turn every dollar the resort donates into $8 worth of food value, providing a tremendously positive impact to local areas hit hardest by the effects of the storm.

The property launched the #ReturntoParadise campaign following the devastating effects Hurricane Irma brought to their community. They dedicated their relief efforts to rebuilding beaches, resort amenities and the financial security of its associates – 75 percent of which had some type of damage to their primary residence. By the end of October, the resort was able to completely reopen all resort amenities, the SPA by JW, dining, rooms and areas of their beach that were affected by the storm. The property team knew that the quickest way to restore the hospitality community and the well being of their associates was to get their team back to work right away. The campaign delivered the message to the public that the best to accomplish that goal was to come back and stay, to plan a Return to Paradise.

As a passionate member of the Marco Island community, the JW Marriott team was pleased to provide assistance to those in need during this difficult time, and looks forward to the continued success and growth of tourism in the area. For more information on the campaign, please visit www.returntoparadisemarco.com.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *