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Marriott International

December 02, 2013 16:49 ET

Downtown Calgary Hotel Hosts 'A Night in Paris' to Raise Funds for Children's Hospital

Calgary Marriott Downtown Joins in Gala Festivities to Raise $321,000 for Foundation

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - Dec 2, 2013) - Stepping up so others could step out for a night of glamour, fun and fund-raising, the Calgary Marriott Downtown joined in hosting the 2nd Annual Building Hope for Kids Gala held recently at the Telus Convention Centre, just next door to the distinctive downtown hotel.

"A Night in Paris" drew more than 700 guests to the event venue in Calgary, all focused on raising funds for the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation. The Calgary Marriott Downtown was joined by Baywest Homes and Qualico Communities in hosting the themed event which raised $321,000 for the foundation, topping last year's inaugural gathering by more than $90,000.

Monies raised through the gala will be used to fund excellence in family-centred child health programs, specialized life-saving equipment and advanced pediatric research at the hospital which provides medical services to more than 82,000 children each year. Multi-disciplinary teams work together at the facility to promote healing through family-centred care for patients from birth to 18 years of age from across Alberta, southeastern British Columbia and southwestern Saskatchewan.

The Parisian-themed gala featured live music by Calgary's legendary Barry Shaw, an array of fine food and drink, live and silent auctions, photo booths and surprise entertainment.

Marriott Downtown General Manager Joseph Clohessy along with colleague Mark Farrer were among the many prominent guests attending this year's event. Support of the gala is a perfect fit for the Marriott's "Spirit to Serve" culture and the hotel's exceptional service and luxurious Calgary accommodations near the convention centre make it an ideal destination for those attending any of the many events at the facility.

Spearheading this year's gala were Birol Fisekci of Bordeaux Properties and Karin Finley of Qualico Communities. Supporting the fund-raising event as a Diamond sponsor was Borger Group of Companies and Platinum sponsors were Kidco Construction and Evolutions Presentation Technologies.

About the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel
The Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel welcomes guests to the vibrant Calgary city centre where fine restaurants, world-class shopping and spectacular views of the Canadian Rockies set the stage for unprecedented vacations, business ventures and weekend getaways. Boasting warm hospitality and impeccable accommodations, this downtown hotel pampers guests with gracious amenities, spacious guest rooms, on-site dining, a heated indoor pool and well-equipped fitness centre for a relaxed and productive hotel experience. Spectacular event venues and on-site catering are also available for creating inspirational business gatherings and elegant social events.

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