Here at the Alden, we are passionate about serving and helping our Tampa Bay community in a variety of ways. In these pandemic times, we have sought out new ways to aid those in need, giving of our time and donating supplies and funding in any way possible. We sponsor the First Tee of St. Petersburg Brittany & Friends Golf Tournament, help keep our beaches and waterways clean through our work with Tampa Bay Watch, and give to feed hungry children through The Kind Mouse. We also help people in need through the Gulfport Senior Center, the Guardian Ad Litem Program, and PARC. We’d like to share some of the ways we’ve participated in giving back to our community over the past year.
2020, A Year Like No Other
In Spring 2020, charity began at home when the quarantine shut down tourism for a time and the Alden was closed for six weeks. Even during this period of zero hotel revenue, Alden Suites paid our employees’ share of health insurance premiums, ensuring they wouldn’t lose their healthcare. We also provided cash gifts to help our team members buy food, and our management team volunteered at local food bank pickups that served the St. Pete Beach hospitality community.
Mary Ann Renfrow, the Alden Suites’ Director of Community Relations, says: “I have been thinking about what our employees have been through during the most difficult months for our business. While we did provide some support to them, I believe that the support that came from our community was even more meaningful. The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in connecting business owners and employees to avenues of support coming from national, state, and local governments. Feeding Tampa Bay were the true heroes for the hospitality industry, ramping up to serve those that were in need with their mobile food pantries. They also distributed Walmart gift cards to our employees to purchase fruits and vegetables. Then we had businesses from the local hospitality industry on St. Pete Beach, hurting themselves, stepping up to feed other hospitality employees. I specifically want to recognize Grillin’ n Chillin’, Boulevard Burgers, and the awesome management of the St. Pete Beach Chick-fil-a franchise. Chick-fil-a even delivered lunch after we were back up and running for all of our employees. We had a vendor, Coast Brothers, work with another one of their clients in St. Petersburg, Atwater’s to provide a takeout meal for all of our employees and their family members.
The Alden Continues to Give Back in 2021
In 2021, the giving continues. This February, in recognition of their support of hospitality industry employees, and with gratitude for their support of our Alden employees during the past year, the Alden presented a donation of $2,500 to Feeding Tampa Bay at the Annual Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber Dinner. Next, we launched into the new year with the Cure on Wheels Capitol Ride. Mary Ann Renfrow has participated in their annual Capitol Rides for several years now. The Alden also provides our company truck to support the riders and carry supplies during the rides, and in 2021, we donated a stay at the Alden for the Cure on Wheels raffle.
Cure on Wheels, Inc. raises money to help individuals and families in the Tampa Bay area cope with a diagnosis of cancer through an annual bike ride that travels along the beautiful roads just north of Tampa. The goal is to raise awareness of the important work that Moffitt Cancer Center does in advancing the successful treatment of cancer through their research and highlight the importance of continued support through funding with our Florida State Legislators. Cure on Wheels has donated over $1,000,000.00 locally throughout the Tampa Bay area to specific and targeted programs to assist patients and their families whose lives have been changed by the diagnosis of cancer.
We Invite You To Join Us!
This February, starting in Tallahassee, the Alden-sponsored team of 40 cyclists made a 325- mile trek back to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. We would like to invite the Alden family to join us in donating to this worthy cause. When you donate, you’ll receive our “Everything is Upside Down” commemorative shirt with the Alden Suites logo. This is a great way to support our courageous riders because cancer doesn’t stop during a pandemic, and neither do we!
Here is the link to donate and receive a t-shirt: https://www.cureonwheels.org/donate/shirt/
Because of YOU, our loyal guests, we are able to give and support causes that benefit the entire Tampa Bay community. You have our eternal gratitude. We hope that knowing how the Alden gives back will give you joy as you stay with us and that we will inspire you to find ways to help those in need in your neck of the woods.