Local associations across the country establish their own fundraising traditions to create positive change in their own communities. Volunteering strengthens the ties to the community while broadening the support network. Uniting people from diverse backgrounds toward a common goal evokes altruism, thoughtfulness and empathy -- all inherent characteristics of true concierges.
For example, the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges (NYCAHC) recently held a holiday drive for Toys for Tots. They volunteered at Caldwell Soup Kitchen and Regeneration Church (South Bronx). Representatives from Women In Need and Safe Horizon were invited to attend NYCAHC’s holiday party this past year, and each charity was presented with a $1,000 donation.
The Washington Area Concierge Association (WACA) has raised over $200,000 through its annual fundraising galas. Recipients of these moneys run the gamut, from soup kitchens to the Humane Society. WACA also created a scholarship program in memory of Mr. John Campbell, a former WACA president and also a Les Clefs d’Or member. This money is given annually to area high school or college students studying hospitality. WACA also donates a minimum of $5,000 annually to Les Clefs d’Or Foundation of the Americas.
The Northern California Concierge Association (NCCA) donates time and effort with charities such as Meals on Wheels, delivering meals to seniors or those with mobility challenges. Volunteers were up before dawn to assist at Glide Memorial Church, serving breakfast to San Francisco’s less fortunate on the worldwide “Day of Service.” The Lymphoma and Leukemia Society and the American Heart Association are two of San Francisco’s other regular recipients.
The San Diego Concierge Association (SDCA) chose the Ronald McDonald House of San Diego as one of their charities for an annual celebration they have at Inn at the Park. The SDCA sponsored Eddie, a 16-year old boy with leukemia, In and out of hospitals most of his life, Eddie recently underwent a bone marrow transplant. At its annual celebration, the SDCA members joined forces with George’s on Fifth Restaurant Group to purchase Eddie a laptop computer for his studies. They also gave his family and him an all-inclusive weekend at the Marriott Marquis San Diego. The SDCA also works with Mama’s Kitchen, preparing and delivering food to men, women and children who are affected by AIDS or cancer.
The examples above are just a few of the many fundraising and charitable efforts made possible by local associations around the country. Les Clefs d’Or USA makes a difference.
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