TORONTO — Marriott International hotels across Canada are opening their doors to provide more than 26 Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospital patients and their families a holiday experience to remember, with complimentary overnight stays, special holiday-themed meals and a visit from Santa. The initiative is the company’s way of giving children a memorable family experience and a break from illness.
“Our associates work all year long to support CMN hospital patients through many initiatives, including fundraising and in-kind hotel rooms, to make a difference in the lives of children and families across the country,” says Don Cleary, president of Marriott International in Canada. “This national initiative is just one example of our continued commitment to CMN by our business councils and associates here in Canada and around the world.”
Marriott International business councils are made up of general managers and associates across all Marriott International hotel brands and business functions in Canada. Banding together, they work on common challenges they can collectively address for a stronger community impact.
“I’m delighted to be the Chair of the Toronto Area Business Council team, hosting 10 outpatient families across our hotels,” says Catherine Velie, GM of Delta Toronto. “It’s an inspiring event on so many levels. The Hotel Stays for the Holidays event helps build and strengthen a community of people who support our local hospitals. Everyone can do a little something to help, something as simple as coming in and purchasing a cookie from our milk-and-cookies initiative. And, all the funds we raise are kept local, helping Toronto area kids and their families meet health challenges.”
“As an extremely valued partner of Children’s Miracle Network in Canada since 1983, Marriott International Inc. has generously donated to ensure thousands of Canadian children have a better, brighter future,” says Mark Hierlihy, president and CEO of Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations, the non-profit which runs Children’s Miracle Network in Canada. “With every dollar raised, Marriott is making a personal impact in the lives of Canadian children and helping us achieve our ultimate vision — if we change the health of children, we will change the health of Canada.”
During the month of December, many Marriott International Hotels across the country will be selling cookies with all profits being donated to support pediatric hospitals and wards across Canada. Marriott International’s Hotel Stays for the Holidays initiative will run December 1 to 8. You can find a full list of participating hotels here.