Operation PJ

Press Release: by Michelle Heston, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts of the US West Create Sweet Dreams with Pajama Program’s “Open Your Heart” Valentine’s Campaign

SONOMA VALLEY, CA January 2010  – Fairmont Hotels & Resorts of the US West partnered with the Pajama Program’s OPEN YOUR HEART Campaign will deliver warm sleepwear and nurturing books to children in need.  Celebrating its fourth year of participation, participating Fairmont properties which include the Fairmont San Francisco,  the Fairmont San Jose, the Fairmont Newport Beach, the Fairmont Miramar Hotel &  Bungalows, the Fairmont Scottsdale, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, the Fairmont Heritage Place, and Ghirardelli Square (San Francisco) hope to collect thousands of new pajamas, books and cash donations from guests, employees and community members on Friday, February 12, 2010 at each of the above properties.

All of the collected items will be distributed to philanthropic organizations in each hotel’s host communities.  A number of the hotels will encourage community advocates’ participation in the PJ Drive by hosting a drawing for a “sleepovers” for two (one night complimentary stay), two Fairmont bathrobes, two Fairmont pairs of slippers, two Fairmont teddy bears, and milk and cookies too.

“Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a proud sponsor of the Pajama Program’s PJ Drive,” says Tom Klein, Regional Vice-President of Operations and General Manager at the Fairmont San Francisco. “Fairmont’s partnership program puts a framework in place that allows our hotels to contribute to the community.”

ABOUT THE PAJAMA PROGRAM

The Pajama Program is a national non-profit organization providing comfort and love in the way of new pajamas to children-in-need and children waiting for a permanent home. They are youngsters who do not know the comforts of a mother or father to tuck them into a cozy bed and read them a bedtime story. Many have been abandoned or abused, most deprived of any love at all. “By providing pajamas we help to create a warm and nurturing bedtime environment for vulnerable youngsters living under difficult circumstances” says Pallie Zambrano, attorney-at-law and co-president of Northern California chapter.

ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS

A leader in the global hospitality industry, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a celebrated collection of 59 distinctive hotels, which includes iconic landmarks like The Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont The Norfolk, Nairobi and Canada’s Fairmont Banff Springs and more than 20 new properties in development, including London’s The Savoy and the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai re-opening next year following extensive restoration programs.  Fairmont hotels are one-of-a-kind properties where sophisticated travelers can discover culturally rich experiences that are authentic to the destination. Situated in some of the most exclusive and pristine areas in the world, Fairmont is committed to responsible tourism and is an industry leader in sustainable hotel management with its award-winning Green Partnership program.

Fairmont is owned by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, a leading global hotel company with 94 hotels worldwide under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded Residences, Estates and luxury private residence club properties. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com.

Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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