SOURCE: Marriott International
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Feb 21, 2013) - While much of the region has returned to a sense of normalcy after the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy, there are still many who are struggling to get back on their feet. In an effort to assist those in need, the Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan/Times Square has partnered with another New York City hotel in Times Square to donate $50,000 to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
The $50,000 contribution from the two hotels near Lincoln Tunnel is in addition to the $25,000 personal donation from Norbert Gehr, chairman and CEO of Gehr Development Corporation, which owns Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan/Times Square.
"The impact of the storm was far reaching, and touched our hotels, the guests, as well as our associates and their families," Gehr says. "Watching and hearing of the effects this storm had motivated me to have our hotels in the community contribute to this cause in addition to my personal contributions. I encourage other New York hoteliers to assist in the healing efforts."
During the storm this New York hotel near Rockefeller Center stayed open, housing associates so the entire team could be on hand to assist guests and stranded travelers. "The resiliency of our team and their ability to deliver a sense of comfort in a difficult time underlines the importance of our associates and their links to our community," Alfred Somekh, president of Gehr Development, says.
The combined $75,000 donation will go toward efforts in both New York and New Jersey through established organizations including the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Fund, Brooklyn Recovery Fund, Community Health Action of Staten Island, FDNY Foundation toward Hurricane Sandy Relief, Jewish Federation - Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City toward Hurricane Sandy Relief, New York City Police Foundation, Salvation Army and the United Way Sandy Recovery Fund.
About the Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan/Times Square
With spacious accommodations and affordable prices, the Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan/Times Square offers a Big Apple experience like no other. Perfect for family vacations, business travelers and small groups, this extended-stay New York hotel on 40th Street puts guests just steps from the energy and bright lights of Times Square. Each of the 244 guest rooms and suites offers stunning city views, complimentary high-speed Internet access, ample work space, a 32-inch flat-screen HDTV with cable, coffee/tea service and a bed dressed with crisp linens and fluffy pillows. Before heading out to explore Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building or shopping along Fifth and Madison Avenues, enjoy a complimentary breakfast with Starbucks coffee or a workout in the state-of-the-art fitness room. Corporate travelers and convention-goers are within walking distance of Jacob Javits Convention Center, while nearby Port Authority Bus Terminal and Penn Station offer easy travel throughout the region. Get a new perspective on the city from SKY ROOM®, the rooftop lounge with skyline views, themed nights, festive brunches, specialty cocktails, delectable desserts and a well-crafted menu. Head there or the Inn Sports Bar and Lounge before checking out a Broadway show.