Marriott Builds Four Habitat Homes Inside D.C. Hotel
WASHINGTON - Feb. 10, 2003 - More than 100 Marriott and Renaissance hotel general managers today will begin building four Habitat for Humanity townhouses under the roof of D.C.'s largest convention hotel, the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The two-story house frames will be constructed this morning in one of the hotel's three exhibit halls by attendees of the annual worldwide full-service general managers conference of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR).
During a wall-raising ceremony at noon, John W. Marriott III, executive vice president, lodging, for Marriott International, will unveil the completed framing to David Williams, chief operating officer of Habitat for Humanity International, and one of the families who will live in the townhouse complex. The house frames then will be delivered to the building site at Clark Place in Silver Spring, Md., where Marriott's more than 14,000 local associates will have the opportunity to work on the housing construction project throughout the next five months. The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation is pledging $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity toward the cost of completing the homes.
"Serving the community through Habitat for Humanity housing builds has become a Marriott tradition," said Ed Rudzinski, general manager of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. "Through today's build, our general managers are able to gain first-hand experience so their own teams of associates can replicate the effort in their hometown communities."
Marriott and Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to eliminate poverty housing worldwide, developed a global partnership in 1995 to help create more housing builds throughout the world. Since then, Marriott has contributed volunteer labor and funds toward the completion of more than 50 homes in six countries.
"Marriott's partnership to build, sponsor and donate resources demonstrates their tremendous commitment to provide safe and affordable homes to families within their community," said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. "Such generosity is an example of Habitat's model of neighbors helping neighbors to build better communities."
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR), a leading worldwide hospitality company with over 2,600 operating units in the United States and 65 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Ramada International brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club International, Horizons, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Marriott Grand Residence Club brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has approximately 144,000 employees. In fiscal year 2001, Marriott International reported systemwide sales of $20 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit the web site at http://www.marriott.com/ 
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation was established in 1965 with the purpose of giving back to the community. Under the current direction of J.W. Marriott, Jr. and Richard E. Marriott, the Marriott Foundation contributes annually to a variety of needy and worthy organizations. Many of these organizations provide civic and human services such as relief from hunger, disaster, youth leadership and mentoring. Equally as important is the fostering of secondary and higher education and assisting the disabled and disadvantaged in qualifying for gainful employment.
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 87 nations have built and sold more than 125,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. For more information about Habitat for Humanity International, please visit the web site at http://www.habitat.org/