Pattaya’s Hard Rock Hotel capped nearly two years of fund-raising for Ban Amphur School by officially presenting its Sattahip students with a new cafeteria, restrooms and lawn area.
General Manager Jorge Carlos Smith and staff from the hotel and Hard Rock Cafe presented the completed projects to Ban Amphur Principal Parichat Chuachawalit and Chonburi Deputy Education Director Ekawat Usaneepan Dec. 9.
Presenting ceremony of Ban Amphur Infrastructure project
Smith said the Hard Rock adopted Ban Amphur in January 2010, pledging to help renovate its infrastructure in order to promote better education at the Sattahip school.
“We may be a for-profit business, but we emphasize sharing our profits with society,” Smith said.
Hard Rock management and staff pose with teachers and students for a commemorative photo during the handover ceremony.
The Hard Rock’s charity efforts extend further than just Ban Amphur. Smith said the hotel, through special events, ticket sales, donation boxes and portions of room rates, raised more than 1.4 million baht in 2011.
Funds raised also go toward HRH Princess Sirindhorn’s Charity, the Melissa Cosgrove Children’s Foundation, the Chonburi College of Agriculture and Technology, Ban Chak Nok School and the Children & Women Protection Center Police Region 2.
The Hard Rock staff joined with Ban Amphur’s 303 students in opening the new facilities by providing lunch, dessert and beverages.
Ekawat Usaneepan, deputy director of the Region 3 Office of Education (3rd right) officially accepts the renovations from Jorge Carlos Smith, general manager of Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya.
Tony Malhotra, deputy MD of Pattaya Mail joins the band members and students in the ceremony.
The new restrooms that are now beautifully restored.
The newly restored canteen, kitchen and lawn.
The school band watches with intense interest, perhaps hoping that someday they will be featured performers at the Hard Rock.