Mystic Marriott Team Goes “Over The Edge” for Charity

Associates Rappel off the 22-Story Hilton Hartford to Raise Awareness for Addiction

Photo caption: General Manager Farouk Rajab (top) and Director of Guest Services Elizabeth Barber participate in the Shatterproof Challenge, held on July 29 at the Hilton Hartford.

GROTON, CT (August 19, 2014) – On July 29 two team members from the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton participated in the Shatterproof Challenge by rappelling off of the 22-story Hilton Hartford. General Manager Farouk Rajab and Director of Guest Services Elizabeth Barber raised more than $2,500 for a chance to rappel, adding to the more than $300,000 that was raised at the event making it the most successful Shatterproof Challenge to date. Shatterproof, a national organization committed to protecting children from developing addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease, co-partnered on the Hartford challenge with Waterford Group Charitable Foundation, an extension of one of the nation’s top hotel and convention center management companies, Waterford Hotel Group, which manages the 285-room Mystic Marriott.

“It was an amazing experience for Elizabeth and me and something that our hotel team was very passionate about supporting,” commented Rajab. “The funds raised at this event will help us to support addiction awareness and treatment not just nationally, but here in the Southeastern Connecticut community, something that is very important to our associates.”

A total of 115 individuals rappelled down the Hilton Hartford during the event, raising vital funds to prevent and treat addiction, raise awareness and breakdown stigma about the disease. The Shatterproof Challenge is currently supporting key addiction policy initiatives at the federal and state levels and educating Americans through events, public service announcements and digital and social media.

About Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa
The Mystic Marriott & Spa is a beautiful, architecturally stunning property located right on the Connecticut coastline. With a resort feel and personalized customer service, the Mystic Marriott invites all groups, business and leisure travelers alike. The hotel consists of 285 rooms, including five luxurious suites, 25,000 square feet of meeting and pre-function space including: two ballrooms, Octagon restaurant, a bar and lounge, a Starbuck’s coffee bar, an incredible fitness center and the region’s only Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Spa. For more information, visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/gonmm-mystic-marriott-hotel-and-spa/.

About Shatterproof
Shatterproof is a national organization committed to protecting children from developing addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease. In the U.S. alone, addiction to alcohol and other drugs claims more than 135,000 lives every year — 370 people every day, 15 every hour. A well-funded, large-scale movement can alter the course of this disease and save countless lives. It has worked for cancer, heart disease and diabetes. And it can work for addiction by bridging serious gaps in funding and resources. Gary Mendell, a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, founded Shatterproof to educate, empower and equip families, educators, health care providers, legislators and others to address addiction on a national scale. His son, Brian, passed away at the age of 25 after struggling with addiction for nearly ten years.

For more information about Shatterproof, please visit www.shatterproof.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @ShatterproofHQ.

About Waterford Group Charitable Foundation
In 2006, Waterford Group and its affiliates formed the Waterford Group Charitable Foundation, a registered 501c3 nonprofit, which supports the communities in which their associates live and work. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life of others through monetary and gift-in-kind donations, as well as volunteering at various events. Waterford associates donate to the Foundation through voluntary payroll contributions, as well as participate in numerous fundraising events each year. This allows the Waterford Group Charitable Foundation to support many charitable causes, both on a national and regional level.

For more information about Waterford Group Charitable Foundation, please visit www.waterfordhotelgroup.com, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WaterfordPR.

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