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This month, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will reach out and support local charitable organizations during the luxury hotel brand’s Community Connections Month. 

As part of Fairmont’s new Sustainability Partnership program and the brand’s ongoing commitment to proactively engage with its local communities, hotel colleagues in participating locations will be rolling up their sleeves and pitching in, whether it be volunteering at a shelter, highlighting the The Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver - Beespreservation of a threatened species like bees, raising funds for at-risk children or lending a helping hand (or hammer!) to improve facilities for the elderly. Hotel guests can also get involved from donating money or purchasing special menu offerings to participating in a beach clean-up.

“At Fairmont, we are continually seeking out innovative ways to support and give back to our local communities; a pledge that our hotel colleagues value and actively play a part in,” said the brand’s president Jennifer Fox. “It’s simply part of our ongoing commitment to good corporate citizenship.”

Highlights include:

Asia 

·         Manila’s Fairmont Makati will aid the Tuloy Foundation Inc., a local charity for street children. A series of fun activities, including bingo, a “vintage” store selling gently used items and a water bottle sale have been planned, raising funds to support the charity’s Aquaponics project, and the creation of a herb and vegetable garden. The total donation will be presented during the week of September 15-21. 

·         During the week of September 29, Fairmont Singapore will undertake activities that highlight the hotel’s ongoing charitable initiatives. Colleagues will deliver delicious dinner treats to a home for the elderly, in collaboration with Food From The Heart, and the hotel will host a Children’s Day celebration, inviting ten young people with life-threatening conditions to enjoy a pizza making session with the hotel chefs, a sumptuous high tea spread, and customized gift hampers. 

Canada 

·         During the week of September 22-29, Vancouver’s The Fairmont Waterfront will invite guests and community members to the hotel’s terrace apiary to learn about the environmental The Fairmont Orchid - Coastal Cleanupbenefits of bees and their importance to sustainability. Daily 3pm tours will focus on the symbiotic relationship between chefs and bees, the environmental benefits bees provide and how the hotel minimizes ecosystem disturbance by supporting the efforts of the local Honeybee Center. Other properties offering awareness activities in support of local bee projects include London’s The Savoy and The Fairmont San Francisco.

·         On September 18, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City will set up a walk-through kiosk in front of the hotel on the Dufferin Boardwalk, selling the hotel’s signature pastries and muffins along with coffee. Guests, visitors and locals can also meet with hotel chefs. All proceeds will go to theCentre de Pédiatrie sociale de Québec (Center of social Pediatry of Quebec) which supports local children and families in vulnerable situations, ensuring their well-being and optimal development.

United States 

·         Fairmont properties in Boston will focus on supporting the city’s most vulnerable. Fairmont Battery Wharf will partner with The Greater Boston Food Bank to hold a food drive at the hotel from September 9 to 18, and hotel colleagues will volunteer at the Food Bank, sorting and packaging donated food.The Fairmont Copley Plaza will participate in St. Francis House’s “High Five to Help the Homeless” program by providing five colleagues for five volunteer hours daily during the week of September 9, offering services to guests at the shelter. This volunteer program is also available to hotel guests who have specified Philanthropy as their passion in their Fairmont President’s Club (FPC) profiles.

·         The Fairmont Dallas has partnered with Hearts & Hammers and hotel colleagues will assist with home repairs for a senior citizen in need, ensuring that the property is functional and in compliance with local safety codes. The project will take place between September 14-21, and will include painting, landscaping, cleaning, replacing wood panels, installing a staircase handrail, repairing doors, and heating system repairs.

Bermuda 

·         “Keep it clean” is the focus for Fairmont’s two hotels on the island of Bermuda during the month of September. The Fairmont Southampton andThe Fairmont Hamilton Princess will join forces on a beach clean-up, inviting guests to participate with hotel Sustainability Teams and Keep Bermuda Beautiful.

Other Fairmont properties doing their part to keep their local environments tidy, be it nearby parks, coastlines, beachfronts or river banks include London’sThe Savoy (September 6), The Fairmont Empress in Victoria (September 21), Hawaii’s The Fairmont Orchid (week of September 23), The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui (September 21), Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica (September 16-20The Fairmont San Francisco (September 21), Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park (September 19), and Fairmont Singapore (October 1). 

Europe

·         The support of children and families in need is the focus for Fairmont’s properties in Europe. During the week of September 29, Fairmont Monte Carlo colleagues will hold a toy drive to support the Les Enfants de Frankie association by providing items for their Christmas celebration.

Find out more by contacting your local Fairmont or visit fairmont.com/corporate-responsibility/ for additional information on our corporate responsibility programming.

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