Marriott International Supports Annual Giving Campaign; 2009 Campaign Raises Record Funds

  • Marriott International
  • 01.07.10
Marriott International contributed to the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation’s (AH&LEF) 2009 Annual Giving Campaign, which supports key research and workforce development initiatives for the hospitality industry. 

A six-diamond gift, Marriott responded to AH&LA President/CEO Joe McInerney’s challenge to the industry to help AH&LEF achieve its goal of $115,000 in donations and send McInerney to work in a hotel for a day.  This donation, combined with other industry contributions, has raised a record-setting $119,000 for the 2009 Annual Giving Campaign. 

The campaign is AH&LEF’s key yearly fundraising initiative, supporting its core missions of providing scholarships to hospitality management students, funding important research in areas such as room tax and ADA requirements, as well as promoting hospitality as a career of choice, and developing workforce initiatives.  Initiated in 1997, more than $730,000 has been collected in charitable donations, and is supported solely by progressive industry leaders and companies.

As the not-for-profit affiliate of AH&LA, the Foundation will disburse $1.2 million to prepare promising college students for a career in hospitality, to attract and retain quality industry professionals, and to fund valuable research for lodging properties.  Since the Foundation’s inception, $14 million has been disbursed through its scholarship, education, outreach, and research programs. 

“Marriott International is a leader in the industry and supports its own robust foundation, so we’re especially appreciative of their generous donation,” said Joori Jeon, CPA, CAE, AH&LEF president/COO.  “Certainly hotel companies across the board are cutting back during these current economic times and Marriott is no different; the difference is their dedication to shape, train, and prepare an industry has not wavered.” 

All AH&LEF contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 

AH&LEF is the charitable fund-raising and endowed fund-management subsidiary of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Founded in 1953, AH&LEF is a premier organization for scholarships, professional certification and instructional material as well as funding for hospitality industry research.

Serving the hospitality industry for a century, AH&LA is a national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.

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