Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn Presents Second Installment of Grant to Sonoma Valley High School

Publish Date: 19-Oct-2012

Sonoma Friday, October 19, 2012 The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Engagement program provided the second installment of a $10,000 grant to Sonoma Valley High School’s Agricultural Department. The Fairmont Community Assistance and Responsibility to the Environment (CAREs) is a corporate grant program that focuses on the environmental, social and community well being of the communities where Fairmont does business.
Rick Corcoran, General Manager of the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn shares, “The hallmark of this partnership continues to focus upon student involvement and collaborative community planning.  Our goal is to provide financial support for infrastructure improvements followed by a collaborative business agreement in which the High School Farm will become a source of locally grown plant and animal products for both The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and sister Fairmont Bay Area properties.  By supporting Sonoma Valley High School and the area’s primary business (agriculture/wine grape growers) we hope to further elevate the importance of buying local and supporting the community.”
The Fairmont San Francisco and the Fairmont San Jose have purchased and will continue to purchase student- raised hogs from the Sonoma Valley High School Agriculture Department.  The student- raised hogs are proudly served in the hotels’ signature restaurants, cafes and employee cafeterias.
Danny Aschwanden, Agriculture Advisor Sonoma Valley High School adds, “This type of student/business partnership is critical to the program’s viability. Dedicated community partners ensure that these types of animal projects continue despite state cut-backs.”
Laura Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Sonoma Valley Educational Foundation shares, “The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is truly a legacy organization and partner for the community. This grant has and will continue to expose our students to the intersection of what they are learning in class and the demands of the business world in real time. This is what investing in youth is all about.”
The Sonoma Valley High School Agriculture Program serves 440 students and is an increasingly popular career technical education pathway for students who are seeking to graduate well prepared for college and career. 
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn proudly supports Sonoma Valley Schools via numerous fund- raising initiatives and sponsorships including a long and successful partnership with adopted school, El Verano Elementary and their annual Faces of Change Golf Tournament.   The resort’s culinary department participates in and leads tutorials on (the high school) campus and for the past several years the resort has hosted and led student groups in the Wine Country Chefs of Tomorrow Program. The Inn’s dedicated “Green Team,” which leads environmental stewardship programming at the resort, works closely with the High School “Enviro” Club on activities including California Coastal Clean-Up and Community Recycling Events.  A number of employees at the resort also serve as mentors (via community based Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance) to local students. 

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