Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional marks stronger ties with Yao Foun­da­tion

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - ENTERPRISE -

The Mar­riott Yao Foun­da­tion Char­ity Gala took place in Bei­jing on Oc­to­ber 26, draw­ing the par­tic­i­pa­tion of over 500 guests in char­ity, hos­pi­tal­ity and me­dia groups. Or­ga­nized by the Mar­riott North China Busi­ness Coun­cil and the Yao Foun­da­tion, the event has suc­cess­fully col­lected 1,849,032 yuan ($266,858), which will be used to im­prove sports ed­u­ca­tion and de­vel­op­ment for young­sters in the poor ar­eas in China.

In 2013, the Yao Foun­da­tion and Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional jointly es­tab­lished Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional Yao Foun­da­tion Hope Project, ded­i­cated it­self to the de­vel­op­ment of poor ar­eas in China. Un­til 2018, Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional had do­nated over 14 mil­lion yuan ($2,020,522) to the Yao Foun­da­tion. At the char­ity din­ner, Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man J.W. Mar­riott, Jr. ex­tended his grat­i­tude to­ward the guests, Mar­riott em­ploy­ees and the Yao Foun­da­tion’s team through a video, in which he re­viewed the sus­tain­able col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional and the Yao Foun­da­tion, and the achieve­ments they have reached by sup­port­ing the ed­u­ca­tional de­vel­op­ment of Chi­nese young­sters. He also wishes for a con­tin­u­ous suc­cess of the char­ity pro­gram in the fu­ture.

Ye Li, chair­woman of the Board of Yao Foun­da­tion also de­liv­ered her thoughts and ex­pec­ta­tion on the col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“Two weeks ago, I vis­ited the newly-built schools to­gether with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional and vol­un­teers. I am truly happy to see that the teach­ers and chil­dren are able to work and study in their brand new cam­puses,” Ye said. Ye also of­fered her thanks to Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional’s sup­port of the Yao Foun­da­tion Hope Pri­mary School Basketball Sea­son Project. By 2018, the project has reached out to 500 pri­mary schools in 25 prov­inces. Over 920,000 chil­dren have ben­e­fited from the project.

Zhang Yingjie, chair­man of Mar­riott North China Busi­ness Coun­cil said they al­ways be­lieve in a peo­ple-ori­ented cor­po­rate cul­ture. “We share the same per­spec­tive with the Yao Foun­da­tion and that is re­ally help­ful to im­prove and sup­port the ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor of poor ar­eas in China and build dreams for the stu­dents by ac­cept­ing bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion at school, es­pe­cially in sports ed­u­ca­tion, which can help them boost stu­dents’ con­fi­dence,” Zhang said. At this par­tic­u­lar gala din­ner, per­for­mance and cel­e­bra­tion, an auc­tion and a lucky lot­tery were el­e­gantly pre­sented, show­cas­ing the di­ver­sity and dy­namic side of their cor­po­rate cul­ture. The event re­ceived the sup­port from 58 Mar­riott ho­tels rep­re­sent­ing many re­gions in China.

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Guests and rep­re­sen­ta­tives take a group photo at the event in Bei­jing.

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