Published on : Wednesday, September 24, 2014
In line with Marriott International’s ongoing Spirit to Servecommunity campaign, Marriott hotels in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Kunshan, Wuxi, Ningbo, Wuhan and Changzhou joined forces to host the 2014 Marriott Charity Black Tie Gala Dinner on 19 September 2014 and raised a net total of USD 328,000 (RMB 2,018,000) for the Yao Foundation, Marriott International’s non-profit charity partner in China. The event took place at Shanghai Marriott Hotel Parkview.
The evening was centred on an authentic Spanish flair with flamenco music and performances and a customized menu by all Marriott hotels in Shanghai. Over 630 guests were present at the gala event, which was graced by Yao Ming, former professional basketball star and founder of Yao Foundation, and Simon Cooper, president and managing director of Marriott International Asia Pacific.
Prior to the event, Simon Cooper commented: “We are looking forward to hosting this charity gala dinner. Marriott International has a heritage of putting people first and opening doors to a world of opportunity for its guests, partners and associates. The key to making this happen is education, especially for the younger generations. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Yao Foundation and to make a contribution to support children’s education in China.”