SOURCE: Courtyard Chennai, India

Courtyard Chennai, India

February 18, 2011 11:07 ET

Chennai Hotels Express Their Spirit to Serve

Sensational Performances by the Shining Stars at Courtyard by Marriott

CHENNAI, INDIA--(Marketwire - February 18, 2011) - To commemorate World Leprosy day on January 31st, 2011, Kancheepuram based NGO, Rising Star Outreach and Courtyard by Marriott hotel hosted a charity dinner for the guests and Rising Star Outreach students. To support this noble cause, renowned celebrities and personalities from the U.S.A volunteered to spread the "Spirit to Serve" initiative of Marriott among the social circuit. The program included an evening of performances by the artists followed by a sumptuous Italian buffet dinner designed by our Executive Chef Suresh Thampy at one of the top Chennai restaurants

The fun packed evening began with the dance performance in the Chennai banquet halls by the Rising Star Outreach students. They were formally trained under a veteran artist from Broadway to the Metropolitan Opera from New York -- none other than Shaun Parry. Shaun was all excited and encouraged the children to perform at their best levels and set the stage on fire. Ingenious choreographer, from the "So You Think You Can Dance" fame - Stacy Tookey also joined Shaun Parry and put up a spectacular show.

The highlight of the show was the 20 year old American Idol sensation and the first runner-up of Season 7 - David Archuleta, who drew the crowd swaying with his popular musical notes. David also supports Path of Hope launched by Angels for a Cause (fans of American Idol finalist, David Archuleta) to raise funds needed to furnish a new school being built on the property of Rising Star Outreach in India.

Becky Douglas, Founder of Rising Star Outreach (RSO) was very happy to address everyone at the Chennai airport hotel for the kind contribution and support people have shown towards this noble cause. The initiative - "Spirit to serve philosophy" has been an eye-opener for many across the world and has genuinely helped to better the lives of the children whose parents have been affected by leprosy.

The Chennai T Nagar hotel's General Manager, Mr. Karan Berry, was very much honored to announce that this event was the perfect kickoff of the year, celebrating Courtyard Chennai's 5th Anniversary and also commemorating World Leprosy day with the celebrities, RSO members, and the guests. Proceeds were donated to RSO children's education program to brighten and better their future, which truly lies in our hands.

About MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,200 lodging properties in 66 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, Towne Place Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA and had approximately 146,000 employees at 2008 year-end. It is recognized by Business Week as one of the 100 best global brands, by FORTUNE® as one of the best companies to work for, and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Partner of the Year since 2004. In fiscal year 2008, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $13 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com.

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