Congrats to Fairmont Newport Beach for being honored as an outstanding team of volunteers!
Team Name: Fairmont Newport Beach
Team Members: Amber Kasses, Donna Bauer, Karl Kruger, Sarah Newcomber, Cody Abney, Andy Anderson, Violet Cueva, Sahara Orosco, Ruben Lopez, Christelle Greef, Rob Decanter, Sean Gebo, Ally Marineau, Jeffry Kahle, Brian Doherty, Rachel Gellerman, Jill Dobrowolski, Tyler Maxwell, Beth McCally, and Victoria Osenton
Nominating Organization: South County Outreach
Honoree Category: Corporate
Why Nominated: The volunteers from the Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel served South County Outreach in a variety of capacities in 2014 and it was impressive that the volunteers came from several departments – from management to marketing to sales to catering – and all acted with a true spirit of community service.
South County Outreach first became involved with the staff at the Fairmont Newport Beach as we began preparing and planning our inaugural Festival of Trees event. We established a partnership with Fairmont management and they became a presenting sponsor of our holiday fundraiser. Not only did they support our cause, but they extended their business relationships to garner additional sponsors for holiday trees and the event, leading to these partners bringing in even more volunteers to decorate trees and to become involved with South County Outreach.
The Fairmont also sponsored and decorated a tree, The Grinch Stole Christmas, fitting in with the theme of the pastry chef-created Whoville holiday lobby display. Volunteers crafted many of the tree decorations by hand and brought in staff members from several departments to decorate the elaborate tree. The Grinch Stole Christmas tree was then sold to benefit South County Outreach.
After all the trees for the festival were decorated and placed in the Fairmont lobby, we noticed that the staff at the front desk, valet service, marketing, concierge, food service and maintenance all took an interest and became advocates for Festival of Trees, talking to visitors about the unique trees and the event. Several staff members told us they were sorry to see the trees go after the auction.
In conjunction with Festival of Trees, the Fairmont aligned their corporate Christmas Tree of Hope toy drive to our event and set out boxes in the lobby to collect holiday gifts for local children in need to benefit the South County Outreach holiday Adopt-A-Family program. We received barrels full of toys to make the holidays brighter for families in crisis, thanks to the Fairmont and their generous guests.
After making a connection with South County Outreach, the staff at the Fairmont assembled a group of volunteers to work in our food pantry sorting food, filling the shelves, sifting through produce, unloading food donations and stocking the warehouse. Employees from the general manager to the chefs, to the sales staff all worked together to make sure that local families in need had access to emergency food.
It was wonderful to have a business relationship blossom into a wonderful circle of charity because the staff at the Fairmont felt a connection to the mission of South County Outreach – preventing hunger and homelessness by helping people help themselves. They told us they were happy to roll up their sleeves and experience first-hand how great it feels to give back to the community, not just with donations, but with a labor of love. We appreciate our partnership with the team at the Fairmont and look forward to working with them again this year.
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