Last week, we announced Hyatt Thrive, our global corporate responsibility program that aims to make our communities places where our associates are proud to work, where our guests want to visit, and where our neighbors want to live and meet.
Hyatt Thrive will be brought to life through our global volunteer initiative that enlists the help of our associates around the world who will be volunteering to improve their local communities. We are pleased to share with all of you one of the first Hyatt Thrive initiatives coming from Hyatt Regency New Orleans.
The hotel, which will reopen this October six years after its closure following Hurricane Katrina, announced today its commitment to Brad Pitt's Make It Right foundation and its goal of building 150 environmentally-friendly homes in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. Representatives from Hyatt Regency New Orleans and Hyatt's corporate office, as well as the hotel's owners, showed their commitment with a $300,000 donation to build two new Make It Right homes in the community. Additionally, associates from Hyatt Regency New Orleans worked this morning to improve the landscaping for the Make It Right playground, which is the most technologically advanced eco-playground in the country. The play equipment is built with only sustainable and recyclable materials and includes a solar-powered computer that allows Lower 9th Ward children to play physically active digital games.
Check out the picture below from today's donation ceremony in New Orleans. Make sure to check back here on Keyed Into Hyatt on Friday when we give you an inside look at how we're bringing Hyatt Thrive to life in Chicago!
Featured (l-r) are Chris Robertson, Managing Partner, Poydras Hotel Members LLC, John Jacobsson, Partner, AREA Property Partners, Tom Darden, Executive Director, Make It Right (blocked by check), Chuck Floyd, North America COO, Hyatt Corporation, Michael Smith, General Manager, Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Cedric S. Grant, Deputy Mayor of Facilities, Infrastructure and Community Development, New Orleans, and future Make It Right homeowner Dwan Ferguson and her daughters. Photo credit: Greg Rhoades