Marriott Business Services associates gathered at River John’s Island earlier this spring for a day of family fun with a purpose - raising money for Relay for Life.
On April 18, associates paid $10 per car-load to enter the facility and spend the day canoeing, wading along the bank, playing horseshoes, fishing and enjoying other activities.
Everyone brought their chairs, coolers and blankets and enjoyed music from the Dirty Dougs and the East Old Topside Band. Lunches were a $5 donation and were prepared by the Relay for Life Team at Marriott.
Karen LaSorsa is an airline billing specialist in the Billing Collections Department.
LaSorsa said this was the first time Marriott has done this type event, and it was a learning experience associates hope to capitalize on next year. “We ended raising over $400. River John has been very generous to us, and he donated the island for us to have this event,” she said.
LaSorsa said even though economic conditions aren’t the best, associates are still working to raise money to fight cancer. “It’s not going as well as we want but we’re still on a roll raising funds, and we have events going on every single weekend,” she said.
Marriott Business Services associates raise funds for a variety of charities and non-profits. “Relay is one of the bigger ones we like to raise money for, I guess because so many are touched by cancer.”
So far going into Relay for Life weekend, Marriott Business Services has nine teams within headquarters. The event at River John’s was organized by the For Pete’s Sake team.
“We had 135 participating in Relay as of yesterday, and our total raised so far is more than $15,000, with a goal of $35,000,” LaSorsa said. “It is really amazing we can come together as a Marriott family. We are all touched in one form or another by cancer, whether it is a family member or a friend.”