Marriott International, foundation donate $500,000 for Sandy relief

Marriott International and The J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation, the Marriott family’s private foundation, announced Thursday that each will contribute US$250,000 for a total donation of US$500,000 to disaster relief from Superstorm Sandy.

Half will be donated to the American Red Cross to help meet immediate community needs that will broadly benefit Marriott associates, their families, friends and neighbors. An additional US$250,000 is earmarked for longer-term recovery efforts.  

Currently two Marriott-branded hotels and one Ritz-Carlton hotel remain closed in New York. These hotels are working diligently to reopen as quickly as possible. 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those still impacted by this massive storm, especially those who have experienced power outages, extensive property damage or worse,” said Arne Sorenson, Marriott International president and CEO. “Nearly 10,000 associates representing Marriott hotels work in the hard-hit New York and New Jersey regions, and a number of these associates have suffered significant damage to their homes or are still without power.”