First Hospitality Group Launches First Response Fund for Haiti Relief
By: Mark Winter
ROSEMONT, Ill., March 18, 2010 — Following the devastation left in the wake of the January 2010 Haiti earthquake, Rosemont, Ill.-based First Hospitality Group (FHG) felt a call to lend a hand. The company has implemented a number of outreach initiatives to benefit the relief efforts in Haiti.
In only a few short months, FHG’s First Response Fund and several of its Hilton hotels have both made monetary donations and utilized its HHonors program to incite Haiti support.
FHG has enlisted the support of its Chicago locations in a region-wide effort to collect personal care supplies, such as blankets, linens and towels in partnership with Partners in Health to deliver to the displaced citizens of Haiti. In addition, FHG has encouraged associates and guests of their hotels to contribute monetarily to the relief fund, with the company matching all donations.
Through these efforts, FHG has made financial contributions totaling $1,785, as well as donated numerous boxes of supplies from their hotels to assist Partners In Health to support those affected by the recent disaster.
“After the disaster in Haiti, First Hospitality Group felt a call to action,” said Habeeb. “We developed the First Response Fund immediately to pool the efforts of our properties and our guests to create an initiative that would offer the people of Haiti an extra helping hand.”
Under Hilton Worldwide, the FHG Hilton properties contributed to a corporate donation to the Virginia Task Force 1, an organization of 200 trained volunteers, specialized in removing people from compromised buildings, and who were among the first to travel to Haiti following the earthquake.
Hilton Worldwide also tapped the resources of its Hilton HHonors program, announcing that those members donating 10,000 points to Haiti relief would unlock an amount of $25, which would then be distributed to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
“We saw a humanitarian need in Haiti,” said Habeeb. “First Hospitality Group, along with the support of its hotels and its guests, was honored to be able to give back.”
About First Hospitality Group
First Hospitality Group Inc. has been involved in the development, ownership, and management of hotels since 1985. Currently, the First Hospitality Group, Inc. portfolio of over 35 hotels consists primarily of Hilton and Marriott affiliated assets. In addition, First Hospitality Group, Inc. has ownership interests and manages hotels affiliated with InterContinental, Hyatt, and Starwood. For further information contact Lucy Subhasiriwatana, Marketing Manager at 847-939-5221 or email@example.com.
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