Continuing its annual tradition, the Grand Hyatt Taipei is inviting its loyal patrons to support its "Children's Gift of Hope" charity drive.
The campaign's proceeds will go to the Bethany Orphanage in Taipei and World Vision Taiwan, Grand Hyatt Taipei General Manager Shaun Treacy said at the hotel's recent Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.
"Christmas is a special time for all of us," Treacy said. "It's a time (of sharing and of pooling our resources together) for those who are perhaps less fortunate than us."
Scheduled until January 8, 2006, the fundraising calls on young and old alike to deposit toys in a giant collection box installed at the Lobby Gift Shop. World Vision Taiwan will gather and disperse those toys to the less fortunate children of the world, Treacy said.
All room guests are also encouraged to leave their spare change in a Christmas envelope. The money will be donated to Taipei's Bethany Orphanage.
"Join us this holiday season in celebrating the spirit of Christmas by experiencing the joy of giving and sharing," Treacy said. "Thank you for digging deep into your pockets and (more importantly) into your hearts (for this worthy cause)."
Launching its charity event with a bang, the premium Taipei property even invited the Rong Shin Children's Choir to perform at the Hyatt's Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. Janice Pao of the Bethany Orphanage and TV celebrity Winnie Chien (also the goodwill ambassador of the hotel's annual fundraiser) also graced the festive event.
This year, the Grand Hyatt Taipei chose to go with a contemporary and cutting-edge design concept for its Christmas trees, unveiling for the first time, three trees of different heights - nine meters, seven meters, and five meters - covered with over 100,000 LED lights for maximum impact.
"This innovative design is the result of six months of planning by the hotel's design team. Everyone came together to oversee and execute this project," the hotel said.
Swarovski was also commissioned to produce a stunning crystal installation at the hotel lobby. Costing over NT$1 million, the dazzling display is comprised of nearly 3,000 crystals.
Meanwhile, the Grand Hyatt said it has prepared dining choices for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve at its eight F&B outlets. The Bel Air Bar and Grill will feature set menus including a glass of champagne for NT$3,400 per person. A Christmas brunch menu is available at NT$2,400 per person. Ziga Zaga Restaurant will be offering set menus at NT$3,400 per person. Special after-dinner parties priced at NT$1,400 per person will also be offered on Christmas Eve. Pearl Liang Chinese Seafood Restaurant has set menus priced at NT$2,600 and NT$3,200 on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve respectively.
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