The couple hundred passengers on last month’s Star MegaDO raised over a hundred thousand dollars for charity.
The raffle and other activities at last weekend’s Frequent Traveler University raised over $10,000 for charity. And Randy Petersen dressed up as Santa and — in partnership with KULA Causes — gave everyone in attendance a code good for donating $10 to any charity of their choice.
In the past Hyatt’s Jeff Zidell has shared that the chain does much of its philanthropy through its hotels — the Hyatt Foundation gives to local charities recommended by its properties, helping their hotels to participate in their local communities. Which is great. But today @HyattPR shared a new initiative that also lets Hyatt’s guests have a voice in their giving.
Through Hyatt’s Facebook community presence, they’re asking folks to vote each day through December 31 for which charities will receive an additional $10,000 or $5000 grant.
And at a minimum, it’s an opportunity to learn about some of the local organizations that Hyatt is supporting, and if they’re groups in the communities you visit they may hold an interest for you as well.
Randy Petersen may have dressed up as Santa at Frequent Traveler University, but one of my great joys in helping to found Milepoint has been all of the good work that frequent flyers have done together to support worthy causes. So much about travel is about making our own lives more comfortable (in a sea otherwise filled with discomfort). And so much about this miles and points hobby is inherently selfish. I’ve been proud to be associated with so many great people who also try to give back to the communities they visit, frequent, and benefit from.
For those who see that especially as a part of this season, so much the better!