a press release:
Hyatt Place Mystic is pleased to announce the awarding of a $5,000 grant to the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center to further the organization’s efforts in environmental sustainability/education. The money was used in the purchase of 34 acres of the Coogan Farm off Route 27 last fall. The $2.8 million purchase from the Clara Morgan Coogan Trust was the first step in the nature center's $3.5 million plan to preserve the land and make improvements to turn it into a public park.
The $5,000 grant is one of this year’s 26 awarded to nonprofits nominated by Hyatt hotels in their communities around the world as part of Hyatt Community Grants, a philanthropic program that empowers Hyatt associates to select local nonprofit recipients for charitable donations.
“We are delighted to have strong participation in our Coogan Campaign from our business neighbors,” said Maggie Jones, executive director of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. “Through their corporate support, the Hyatt demonstrates to us, area visitors and to the Town of Stonington the value of preserving our community’s unique sense of place. As a nature and heritage park, Coogan Farm provides another reason for visitors to the Mystic area to stay longer.”
Hyatt Community Grants, a key component of Hyatt Thrive – Hyatt’s global corporate responsibility platform – encourages hotels worldwide to identify and nominate local nonprofits for funding consideration. The program builds on Hyatt’s belief that no one better understands a community’s most pressing issues – and their solutions – that those that live and work there.
“Through the Hyatt Community Grants program, we are able to recognize nonprofits in our city that are committed to addressing the greatest needs in our community,” said Sharon Howell, general manager of Hyatt Place Mystic. “We have been working with Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center since 2011, and we know this gift will help them continue the important work they are accomplishing.”
About Hyatt Community Grants
Funding for Hyatt Community Grants is provided by Hyatt Hotels Foundation, a donoradvised fund created in conjunction with the National Philanthropic Trust. In 2013, Hyatt Place Mystic will be among 26 Hyatt properties from around the world awarding more than US$340,000 in grants to nonprofits in their local communities. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Hyatt hotels have awarded nearly US$1,700,000 to nonprofit organizations in 103 communities and 34 countries around the world.
For more information about Hyatt Community Grants, please visit www.hyattthrive/philanthropy.com.
About Hyatt Thrive
Hyatt's global corporate responsibility platform, Hyatt Thrive, is designed to help make our communities places where our associates are proud to work, our guests want to visit, our neighbors want to live and owners want to invest. Harnessing the power of more than 90,000 associates worldwide, Hyatt Thrive brings together teams of passionate people to focus on positive local efforts that create a significant global impact.
Hyatt expanded its corporate responsibility commitment with the launch of Ready to Thrive in 2013, a multiyear philanthropic commitment to education initiatives in Hyatt communities around the world. With a focus on literacy and career readiness, Ready to Thrive supports community organizations and programs that offer a launching point for individuals to learn and develop the critical skills needed to professionally advance.
For more information about Hyatt Thrive, please visit www.HyattThrive.com.
The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation or one or more of its affiliates.