South China Marriott Business Councils hosted the annual charity gala in support of the Yao Foundation at JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen Bao’an on September 14 2018 and raised a total of RMB 332,663 to further support educational projects for underprivileged children in rural China.
The Black Tie Gala Dinner 2018 was jointly organized by South China Marriott Business Councils and includes the participation from 108 hotels in Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Hainan, etc. with the attendance of more than 390 corporate guests and individual sponsors. Mr. Yao Ming, Founder of Yao Foundation, attended for the first time. Mr. Jakob Helgen, Marriott International Area Vice President – Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Hainan Areas, and Mr. Richard Taffs, Marriott International Vice President of Operation, Greater China and representatives from South China Marriott Business Councils were all in attendance.Jakob Helgen, Marriott International Area Vice President – Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Hainan Areas, said: To “Serve Our World” is one of Marriott’s core values and guiding principles how we do business. Through volunteerism, fundraising, cash and in-kind donations, our 6,700 hotels and 360,000 associates worldwide are impassioned to do good in their communities and make a meaningful positive impact. For China, this “Spirit to Serve” has resulted in a partnership with the Yao Foundation, bringing educational opportunities to underprivileged teenagers across China.
The night was fulfilled with tremendous engagement activities, live entertainment, auction, alluring and exquisite food & beverage offerings and many more to be discovered on site. During the gala dinner, J.W. Marriott Jr., Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Marriott International, appeared in a special video to express his gratitude to the guests, Marriott associates and the Yao Foundation teams for their support for children’s education. All proceeds generated from tickets sales and charity auction will be used for the further development of the Marriott-Yao Foundation Hope Primary Schools.
Sponsors including: ASC Fine Wines (Shanghai) Co., Ltd Shenzhen Branch, Cooperation and Competition Arts Center, East Meets West Fine Wines, HBN Wedding Planning Center, J.T Bespoke, Okay Airways Company Limited, Summergate Fine Wines& Spirits, Waterfall Spa & Wellness.
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About Yao Foundation
Chinese rural youth have benefited from studying in the 21 Hope Primary Schools and one special education school it has funded. Besides constructing the school buildings, the Yao Foundation also improves the educational experience of Chinese youth by partnering with leading Chinese and multinational companies to build libraries, computer rooms, kitchens, and sports and exercise areas in local schools. In 2012, the Yao Foundation initiated the “Yao Foundation Hope Primary School Basketball Season” program. By 2016, students from 375 schools in impoverished areas, 510,000 attendances from 25 provinces joined the event, letting the children experience sportsmanship through playing basketball and enjoy the happiness that sports bring to them. For more information about the Yao Foundation, visit www.yaofoundation.cn. Weibo &WeChat: 姚明爱心基金.