Friday, November 08, 2013

Community Involvement Takes Many Forms

The Hawthorne Hotel is more than a hotel or restaurant or meeting place -- it is also part of the Salem Community.  We take that mission very seriously, and it shows it the myriad things we do to enhance life within our lovely little city.

We provide meeting spaces free of charge for many local non-profits and community organizations, we loan out tables to the Salem Common Neighborhood Association for their community yard sale, we provide freezer space for the Ice Cream ScooperBowl hosted by the Salem Chamber of Commerce, we make donations to fund raisers at the rate of about ten gift certificates per week, amounting to about $40,000 per year, in addition to donating to a number of key organizations with directed donations.

We support the Salem Rotary Club in all their good works by selling auction calendars every year, and by making direct donations to their various causes.  We cook turkeys for the Salem Boys and Girls Club annual November dinner hosted by NIIS.  We supported CinemaSalem when they did their KickStarter campaign to save the theater. We support Salem State University through a number of their special events such as the Series which brings well-know speakers to the campus.

The list goes on and on.  This post would be very long indeed if we listed everything we do.

One of the things we do for Salem State University is to support the Hospitality/Tourism classes which are part of the business department.  We provide each class a tour of the hotel, and they get to see both the front and back of the house.  In addition I provide my services as a guest lecturer to their introductory hotel management class each semester.

Earlier this week was the tour of the hotel for the current class.  Here is a panoramic photo of the group as we ended our tour in the Library Meeting Room on the lower level.

Left to right:  Sean, Chris, Deanna, Godchild, Andy, Ashley, Samantha, Ryan, Daniel, Jennie, Anthony, Eric, & Stefanie are all students at SSU. At far right are Professor Mindy Myunghee Jeon, and Juli Lederhaus, General Manager of Hawthorne Hotel

I hope you enjoy knowing more about how the Hawthorne Hotel supports our local community.

And of course, I hope to see you here.

Juli

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