Paying Aloha Forward: Marriott International’s Hawaii Resorts Raise More Than $100,000 For Children’s Miracle Network Local Chapter (November 13, 2017)

By November 13, 2017News Releases

Left to right: Ron Richter, Director of Food and Beverage, Sheraton Waikiki; Cheryl Williams, General Manager, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort; Martha Smith, CEO, Children’s Miracle Network; Dawn Dunbar, Vice President of Philanthropy, Children’s Miracle Network; Colette Forcier, Program Director, Children’s Miracle Network Christopher Tatum, Area General Manager, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa


Monday, November 13, 2017


Hotels and resorts join together to raise funds for Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children

HONOLULU – Marriott International today announced that 31 of its hotels and resorts in Hawaii raised more than $100,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, which in Hawaii includes the Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children. The fundraising campaign is part of the Marriott Spirit to Serve Our Communities Movement, comprising financial contributions, in-kind giving and associate volunteerism.

“Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children does a tremendous job ensuring the health and wellness of so many children and families here in Hawaii,” said Cheryl Williams, general manager of The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, who chaired the fundraising campaign. “Our entire Marriott ‘ohana is proud to support Kapi‘olani Medical Center and the Children’s Miracle Network.”

Money was raised through a variety of campaigns initiated by hotel and resort employees who enlisted the participation of guests and associates. Many of the resorts raised funds through a breakfast campaign, where a portion of the breakfast buffet sales went to the charity. Collectively, the breakfast campaigns raised $36,670. In addition, guests at some of the resorts’ restaurants were invited to contribute by adding a donation to their dining bill. Marriott’s management and associates also volunteered at the Kapi‘olani Medical Center’s Radiothon for Kids in August, raising $22,345. Other efforts undertaken by individual resorts included:

  • The “Children’s Miracle Bungalow,” where proceeds from the rental of one of the Sheraton Kauai Resort’s eight private poolside bungalows raised more than $20,000.
  • Employee-organized activities at Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club such as a food booth, craft fair, root beer float sales, movie night and May Day lei contest, raising more than $3,600.
  • A Helumoa Pool Party at Sheraton Waikiki, where the expansive Helumoa Pool and aquatic playground was opened to the public for one day with a $20 donation, raising over $3,800.
  • A benefit concert by Emmy Award-winning singer/songwriter Patrick Sieben hosted by The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, along with the sale of a special drink, the Miracle Mai Tai, raising $4,200.
  • Associates and guests at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, contributed more than $3,000 through housekeeping and front desk bake sales, a lobby donation collection box, and other fundraising activities.
  • Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel associates organized multiple fundraisers including sales of aloha shirts, lumpia, acai bowls, and baked goods, raising more than $6,200.
  • A rubber ducky race and rummage sale at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, raising more than $5,000.

The 3rd Annual Swing for Miracles Golf Tournament hosted by Waikoloa Beach Marriott & Spa at Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf, raising $10,810.

“The involvement of Marriott’s associates played a key role in the success of the Children’s Miracle Network campaign, and we are proud of their creativity and their commitment to supporting our local community,” Williams continued. “We are equally grateful to our guests for playing an integral role by partaking in the various initiatives and donating.”

The Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children provides lifesaving care and emotional support to children and families. The organization treats patients throughout the Hawaiian Islands and Pacific Region, offering services that include intensive care for infants and children, 24-hour emergency pediatric care, pediatric critical care transport and high-risk perinatal care.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals like Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children serve more than 10 million kids across North America every year. Marriott International, Inc. is a proud partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which together have raised $115 million for children’s hospitals since 1983.

Marriott International’s Hawaii region includes 34 hotels and resorts on four islands representing 10 of its 30 brands: Autograph Collection, Courtyard by Marriott, The Luxury Collection, Marriott Hotels, Marriott Vacation Club, Residence Inn, The Ritz Carlton, Sheraton, St. Regis and Westin.

About Marriott International, Inc.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,200 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 125 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

About Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children

Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children is Hawaii’s only maternity, newborn and pediatric specialty hospital. It is well recognized as Hawaii’s leader in the care of women, infants and children. With 243 beds, the not-for-profit hospital delivers 6,000 babies a year, and is also a medical teaching and research facility. Specialty services for patients throughout Hawaii and the Pacific Region include intensive care for infants and children, 24-hour emergency pediatric and adult care, critical care air transport and high-risk perinatal care. Over 1,500 employees and more than 630 physicians provide specialty care at Kapi‘olani. The hospital is home to the Kapi‘olani Women’s Center and the Women’s Cancer Center, and offers numerous community programs and services, such as specialty pediatric clinics, the Kapi‘olani Child Protection Center and the Sex Abuse Treatment Center. Kapi‘olani is an affiliate of Hawai‘i Pacific Health, one of the state’s largest health care providers and a not-for-profit health care system with over 70 locations statewide including medical centers, clinics, physicians and other caregivers serving Hawaii and the Pacific Region with high quality, compassionate care. In addition to Kapi‘olani, Hawai‘i Pacific Health includes Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Medical Center and Wilcox Medical Center. Learn more at

About Children’s Miracle Network

Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children is Hawaii’s only Children’s Miracle Network hospital. In this role, it is a partner with the national nonprofit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals organization that is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals.

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Jean Dickinson
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