Marriott’s Marco Island Beach Resort helps in Lighting the Way

Marriott’s October Torch Relay for the Children’s Miracle Network

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  • The Marco Torch Relay will begin at 7:30 a.m., on the beach at the Beach Resort.
  • The goal for this year’s torch relay is $10,000.00.
  • “I believe anytime you can give back to your community, it’s a great thing, especially when all the money goes to help children.

On October 19, Marriott’s Marco Island Beach Resort, in partnership with Marriott’s Crystal Shores Vacation Club and the Ritz Carlton, in Naples, will host a Torch Relay fund-raising event for the benefit of the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN).

The Marco Torch Relay will begin at 7:30 a.m., on the beach at the Beach Resort. The illuminated effort will shine brightly just after sunrise and carry the light of hope to Tigertail Beach, and then return along the waterfront to the public entrance at South Beach.

Parking at the Marco Marriott is free for Torch Relay contributors, and refreshments will be provided for any and all that arrive to help light the way. Volunteers can volunteer for free, and a T-shirt will be awarded to all participants that donate a $15 registration fee. The deadline for volunteer registration is October 17.

The goal for this year’s torch relay is $10,000.00. “This year, Marco’s annual torch relay event for The Children’s Miracle Network is more important than ever.” Explained Jennifer Archambault, Marco Marriott human resources manager.

“That’s right,” agreed Garrett Morgan, of the Marriott’s leadership team. “People definitely lose sight of the community need when they are facing personal difficulty.”

CMN was founded in 1983 by singer Marie Osmond, her family and scores of others as a television fundraiser. The foundation has bloomed into a billon-dollar campaign, providing funds for children’s hospitals in the regions where contributions are raised. By 2008, more than $3.4 billion had been gathered to help fight the battle against rising healthcare costs, with children’s hospitals as beneficiaries.

The CMN lighted Torch Relay began in Orlando in 2001 as a local fundraiser for the central Florida community. A group of Marriott associates, as part of Marriott’s Spirit to Serve committee, began the event to raise money and awareness for children with special medical needs.

“We have been sponsoring the annual torch relay event at this property since 2005,” Archambault recalled, “This year, we hope to surpass last year’s financial goal, but we do need help.”

“Last year, we had 48 marchers sharing the torch and lighting the way,” Archambault said. “I believe anytime you can give back to your community, it’s a great thing, especially when all the money goes to help children, and all the funds are used in South Florida at the All Children’s Hospital in Fort Myers and in St. Petersburg.”

The Marco Island Marriott is one of the largest contributors throughout the Marriott Corporation for The Children’s Miracle Network. This October’s beachside Torch Relay is an event dear to the hearts of Marriott’s Crystal Shores and Marriott’s Marco Island Beach Resort associates, and is a fundamental effort to give back to the local community through Marriott’s Spirit to Serve committee.

Volunteers for the torch relay can sign up online at Participants are encouraged to raise $100 each by seeking sponsorships from friends, family, co-workers and employers. Anyone wishing to support the cause can donate to a specific participant at the Web site. Donations can also be made by calling Jennifer Archambault at 389-6022.

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