ONE's largest chapter got together this week for some holiday cheer and merriment at the W Washington, D.C. for a festive event, Remix Your Holiday. This annual event is a way for members to get together to celebrate the season and all that the chapter has accomplished over the last year. This year, members from partner Employee/Business Resource Groups, including Ernst & Young, KPMG, PNC Bank, Booz Allen Hamilton, Living by Design DC, and Merrill Lynch, were invited to join members of ONE.
"We decided to mix things up a bit this year and extend an invitation to local companies that have groups similar to ours that we work with throughout the year," says ONE Council Secretary, Christian Mullins. "It just seemed like a great way to thank them for being great partners and expand our impact on a local organization."
That local organization is Casa Ruby. As the event planning was underway, it was suggested to also take this opportunity to give back to a worthy organization. During the registration process, attendees were asked if they would be willing to donate to Casa Ruby, where 100% of those proceeds went directly to the donation. Additionally, the event's host, the W Washington, D.C., created a specialty cocktail called ONE Love and 20% of the sales of this beverage from the night were included in the donation. Overall, the evening's efforts raised over $700.00 for Casa Ruby.
"Every donation, big or small, helps keep us open 7 days a week so that we may continue to serve very vulnerable populations here in DC, which is especially important during the winter when hypothermia is a major concern," says Eve Howe, Event Manager at Casa Ruby.
Casa Ruby is based in Washington, D.C. and is the only bilingual multicultural LGBT organization providing life-saving services and programs to the most vulnerable in the LGBT community. Several members and clients from Casa Ruby joined ONE for the festivities and were able to answer any questions that attendees had about their efforts.
Casa Ruby accepts online donations for anyone wanting to help in their efforts.
ONE is the official lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, and straight ally associate network of Marriott International, Inc. comprised of Marriott associates and franchise employees. Since its inception in November 2010 by 15 founding members, the group has cultivated a focus to serve as a voice for LGBTQ associates and their allies, as well as to create a supportive network for a community that had no formal representation before within the company.
With over 2,300 volunteer members in 20+ chapters around the world, ONE continues to move forward in seeking new ways to:
Develop community among members
Increase the diversity mindset to include LGBTQ issues, and
Assist in unleashing revenue opportunities with concentrated marketing and sales efforts within the LGBTQ community
ONE embodies Marriott’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion within its own membership. Over 56 percent of ONE’s membership is made up of straight allies. Sixty percent are women and close to 10% of members live outside of the United States.
Associate Networks within Marriott International are ongoing, associate-initiated teams that form around a broad range of common interests. These networks provide the opportunity to informally connect with other associates in order to grow both personally and professionally. These teams are self-directed and funded by their members.
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