In line with Marriott International’s Spirit to Serve community campaign, cluster hotels in East China today hosted the highly anticipated 2016 Marriott East China Charity Golf Tournament. All proceeds will be donated to Marriott International’s charity partner, Yao Foundation, to support rural education in China. Yao Foundation is a highly regarded charity organization established in 2008 by the former Chinese basketball player, Yao Ming.
2016 Marriott East China Charity Golf Tournament
The charity golf tournament took place at the Shanghai Agile Mickelson Shanghai International Club with the participation of more than 130 golfers that included corporate customers, sponsorship partners and senior executives of Marriott International as well as Yao Ming.
“We have collaborated with the Yao Foundation since 2013. To further foster children’s education in China, last year we extended the partnership and committed to establishing four more new Hope Schools, as well as providing supporting resources and organizing three basketball seasons,” said Silvio Rosenberger, Chairman of Marriott East China Business Council. “We would like to thank our sponsors and associates for their kind support to this charity golf tournament. They will help our efforts in opening doors of a world of opportunity to the children in rural China.”
The 2016 tournament was jointly hosted by a cluster of 31 Marriott International hotels in Shanghai, Ningbo,Hangzhou, Suzhou, Kunshan, Changzhou, Yiwu and Nanjing. The title sponsor for the event was BMW, a world renowned luxury vehicle and motorcycle manufacturing company. The winner of hole-in-one won the prize of a BMW 7 Series vehicle. Throughout the 18 holes of golf, the players were treated to the world famous “Marriott International” hospitality. Following the tournament an award ceremony and reception was enjoyed by all players and participants in the Agile Mickelson Shanghai International Clubhouse.
Spirit to Serve is one of Marriott International’s core values. The company is committed to making a contribution to the well-being of the communities in which it operates in and making the world a better place. Besides this annual Charity Golf Tournament, Black Tie Gala Dinner, which will take place in October, is the other major annual fundraising activities the Marriott East China hotels organize to raise the funds for the Yao Foundation. Marriott International and the Yao Foundation have been working together since 2013 to support rural education in China. Through fund-raising activities with its business partners and clients, Marriott is donating a total of RMB 13 millionby 2018 to the Yao Foundation to establish seven hope schools, provide supporting resources and organize five Yao Foundation Hope Primary School Basketball Seasons.