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Meaningful Meetings Offers Group Clients of The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common a Chance to Support Charitable Causes

BOSTON, MA. (January 1, 2009) - A new initiative offered by The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common introduces “Meaningful Meetings”, an opportunity for groups booking ten or more room nights at The Ritz-Carlton hotel to have ten percent of the total room revenue donated equally to a charity of their choice, and to causes supported by Community Footprints, the social responsibility program sponsored by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Applicable to meetings booked prior to December 31, 2009 - for events taking place prior to December 30, 2010 - this is based upon program availability.

“We know many groups that select to stay at The Ritz-Carlton are supporters of charitable organizations, and we believe the “Meaningful Meetings” program will be embraced by many clients as a way to give something to a worthy cause, while at the same time knowing their meeting will receive the attention to detail we are known for when it comes to caring for the needs of our group clientele,” said Bruce Himelstein, sr. vice president, sales and marketing for The Ritz-Carlton.

Donations will be made directly by The Ritz-Carlton to the group’s charity of choice and to the Community Footprints Fund which benefits hunger and poverty relief, education and development for disadvantaged youth, and environmental conservation.

“Since Ritz-Carlton has built a highly effective program of social responsibility through its Community Footprints efforts, we understand and appreciate how important it is for the hospitality industry to give back to the community and other philanthropic groups which are doing so much to improve the lives of those less fortunate around the world,” added Himelstein.

For more information on “Meaningful Meetings” please contact the hotel’s director of meetings and special events at 617-574-7117.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Leslie Musser
Public Relations Coordinator
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common
10 Avery Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: (617) 912-3364
Fax: (617) 574-7203