With appreciative hearts and hospitality focused minds, New Castle associates in the US and Canada participated in the company’s 9th Annual Veterans/Remembrance Day event earlier this month, donating needed
supplies to service organizations, hosting celebratory meals for Vets in the community, saluting associates who have served and getting involved in community memorials.
“As a company, we’re spread out over two countries and thousands of miles, with different holidays and traditions, but it’s easy to come together in support of those who serve our countries. We all look forward to it every year.” said New Castle’s VP of HR, Marian Barbieri.
“Honoring and remembering Veterans knows no religion or denomination, and the timing is fortunate because Canada remembers those service members lost in the line of duty on the same day that the US honors its living service members – November 11, the day World War I ended,” she added.
At the Shelton Connecticut headquarters, staff collected new sheets, blankets, gift cards, food, clothing and personal items for separate men’s and
women’s veterans’ shelters in nearby Bridgeport. At the Hilton Lexington, the staff made a visit/donation to the local VA hospital and GM Alex Lugo treated all of the veterans on the hotel staff to lunch, while Sylvia Cofone and the associates at the Hilton Garden Inn in Portland Maine treated Veterans and their spouses to dinner. Up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Rick Norman and his team at the Hampton Inn treated neighboring vets to breakfast and Rene LeBlanc, GM of the Digby Pines Resort & Spa in Digby Nova Scotia, attended Remembrance Day ceremonies, a Veterans’ Dinner and laid a wreath at the local memorial on behalf of the resort.
Other activities included:
- Syracuse Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott visited with hospitalized Vets.
- Westin Nova Scotian delivered treats for 100 people gathered at the Halifax Legion
- Algonquin Resort delivered poppy cookies for 50 vets at the St. Andrews Legion
- Sheraton Four Points associates donated books to a local veterans organization and have participated in welcoming home troops with the Bangor Troop Greeters.
- Westin Portland Harborview associates participated in Operation Gratitude writing letters to veterans, deployed service members, new recruits, and first responders.