Most of the time, money spent on political conventions is a big waste. But not in this case, where Charlotte hotels are getting makeovers ahead of the DNC convention next year, and donating their old furniture to charities.
The Charlotte Area Hotel Association (CAHA) has teamed up with a furniture bank – Crisis Assistance Ministry, to distribute member hotels’ furniture.
The Holiday Inn Charlotte Center City alone has given away six entire floors of furniture this year, including dressers, desks, nightstands and headboards. Maybe that’s why their renovation went so well, and they bagged IHG’s ‘Renovation of the Year’ award.
The 294-room hotel with 24 suites has a rooftop rotunda above the 15th floor with a sweeping view of the Charlotte skyline, and an outdoor pool and fitness center. The hotel’s Caffe Siena Restaurant provides Italian cuisine, and there’s also a Concierge Lounge. The Holiday Inn Charlotte Center City offers everything from free WiFi to valet parking.
CAHA and the Crisis Assistance Ministry expect a lot more hotels to hand over all their furniture early next year, when they start sprucing up for the 2012 convention.
It’s not just about furniture, either. These hotels seem to have a soft spot for a whole bunch of charitable causes, from shoes (Samaritan’s Feet) to soap (Global Soap Project) and food (Second Harvest food bank).
In partnership with humanitarian relief agency Samaritan’s Feet, Charlotte’s hotels have engaged in the ‘Leave a Lasting Footprint’ campaign to raise 20,000 pairs of new athletic shoes and $20,000 in cash donations for Samaritan’s Feet worldwide.
The Global Soap Project (GSP) recovers and recycles soap from US hotels that would otherwise end up in landfills. In Charlotte, there’s a central collection point for the soap from all the regional hotels. All the hotels simply drop it off at the Residence Inn Charlotte Uptown on S. Mint Street. Once enough used soap has piled up, it gets shipped to GSP, or they come and pick it up.
They have a similarly well-organized system for dealing with left-over food at all the hotels, which gets donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina after being packaged, labeled and stored at the right temperature.
Photo – Holiday Inn Charlotte Center City