Hotel Viking’s Community Involvement Earns Accolades
By Lisa Matte
“Built by the community for the community” is an oft-cited reference to the genesis of Hotel Viking, a development project funded by members of the Newport community in the early 20th century through the sale of common stock shares. More than 90 years after its grand opening in May 1926, the hotel continues to support community causes and initiatives.
In recognition of Hotel Viking’s ongoing community involvement, Child & Family of Rhode Island will honor the hotel with its Business Partner of the Year Award during its annual meeting on Sept. 29 at Newport’s Rosecliff Mansion.
In a letter announcing the award, Marty Sinnott, president and CEO, Child & Family wrote: The support provided to Child & Family by the Hotel Viking has provided an opportunity for our agency to continue hosting its signature benefit event, Taste of Newport … Hotel Viking has continuously donated in-kind support for Child & Family fundraising efforts. Your generosity makes it possible for Child & Family to host a successful and important benefit event each year, which brings attention to our mission of supporting children, teens, families and elders struggling throughout the State of Rhode Island.
Just recently, Hotel Viking partnered with the Potter League for Animals and the New England Patriots Cheerleaders to raise funds for the care of the more than 2,000 stray, rescued and surrendered dogs, cats, rabbits and other small critters that pass through the shelter en route to permanent placement each year. On Sept. 15, three members of the Patriots’ cheerleading squad were at Hotel Viking from 6 p.m.–8 p.m. to pose for photos and autograph copies of the 2017 New England Patriots Cheerleader Swimsuit Calendar. All proceeds from calendar sales went to benefit the Potter League. And hopefully Puccini, the adorable adoptable beagle found a new home.
On Sept. 13, Hotel Viking stepped up to support another worthy animal welfare cause with Cocktails for Conservation, a tasting event in partnership with Snow Leopard Vodka. Created by philanthropist and wildlife enthusiast Stephen Sparrow, the spelt-based vodka debuted two years ago to rave reviews. At its inception, Sparrow pledged 15 percent of profits from the sale of Snow Leopard Vodka to support the Snow Leopard Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the endangered snow leopard population and its habitat in 12 Central Asian countries. Admission to Cocktails for Conservation at Top of Newport, Hotel Viking’s rooftop bar and kitchen was $20 person. Hotel Viking donated 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of Snow Leopard Vodka Martinis** at the event to the Snow Leopard Trust. Snow Leopard Vodka founder Stephen Sparrow spoke at the event. Highlights included passed hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and bottle signing.