Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Partners With Community Groups and Charities

By Kim Hughes 2/22/17 |

Bethany Beach Ocean Suites in Bethany Beach, Delware — photo courtesy of VC Inc. Marketing.

Guests enjoying the upmarket seaside accommodations at the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites luxury hotel in tiny Bethany Beach, Delaware (population 1,060) can sleep better knowing their discretionary funds are helping the surrounding community and, in some cases, Americans nationwide.

Bethany Beach Ocean Suites by Marriott (BBOS for short) recently announced a wide-ranging initiative that sees the hotel partnering with six local community and charitable organizations throughout 2017. BBOS’s efforts will encompass everything from loaning out free meeting rooms to donating raffle prizes, benefiting everyone from critically ill children to war veterans.

In a release about the initiative, Katherine Saad, BBOS’s director of sales and marketing says, “Even though we’ve only been open since July of 2015, it’s been our top priority to team up with groups that provide valuable services for our community and the region.

“Given our location, accommodations, and facilities, there’s a lot that we’re able to contribute to support their amazing work and help make their events successful.”

Indeed, while Bethany Beach is small, it’s a tourist town that expands ten-fold during the summer months, doubtless making the community particularly tight-knit and BBOS’s outreach that much more impactful locally. And BBOS is clearly an equal opportunity helper. The groups the hotel will be partnering with in 2017 include:

Focus Multisports: A non-profit organization that organizes races to benefit local charitable organizations, including Athletes to End Alzheimer’s and the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company. BBOS provides complimentary use of the hotel’s lobby for Focus Multisports’ event registration and packet pick-up, as well as free beverages for the events’ participants and spectators.

Justin’s Beach House: A charitable organization that supports and maintains a home in Bethany Beach where families with cancer can have a place of respite and enjoyment. BBOS will provide complimentary hosting in its Blue Water Ballroom for the organization’s annual Beauty on the Beach fundraising event and donate a free two-night stay as a raffle prize.

Delaware Botanic Gardens: A sustainable public botanic garden in southern Delaware. BBOS has donated complimentary meeting rooms and guest rooms to support the organization’s fundraising initiatives.

Ryan Scott Kappes Foundation: A charitable organization that provides financial assistance to families of critically ill children across the United States so that they can remain together during extended hospitalizations. BBOS provides complimentary hosting in its Blue Water Ballroom for the Foundation’s annual fundraising event.

St. Ann’s Men’s Club: A charitable organization that provides a variety of services to the Bethany Beach community – including donating books to area schoolchildren, running an emergency fund for local families and individuals in need of assistance, and funding the packing and delivery of meals to needy community members. BBOS provides complimentary hosting in its Blue Water Ballroom for the Club’s annual fundraising event.

Operation SEAs the Day: A charitable organization that organizes and facilitates a beach week event for wounded soldiers and their families. BBOS will provide transportation and complimentary rooms for soldiers and their families who attend a SEAs the Day benefit dinner, which is presented by the Delmarva Whiskey Club.

All of which should make those beachfront frozen margaritas go down even more smoothly.

“Bethany Beach Ocean Suites has improved the quality of life in our town and our surrounding communities,” Bethany Beach vice mayor Lew Killmer says of the initiative. “Their dedicated commitment to Bethany Beach and their support of local charitable organizations will be a driving force of positive change throughout the year.”

One hopes this kind of community engagement is noted – and better yet, adopted - by hotels across the planet.

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