Let’s end the year off right by giving credit where credit is due. We’d like to publicly acknowledge one business for its vast contributions to the St. John community throughout 2013. That business is Grande Bay.
Now let’s first address the elephant in the room – Grande Bay isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. (We know, we read all of your emails and comments, both positive and negative.) It seems that people either love it or hate it, but what’s important is the fact that Grande Bay is doing a pretty darn good job of being a good neighbor, not to mention that it’s a pretty cool place to stay.
Throughout 2013, Grande Bay has donated more than $50,000 to the community, mostly in the form of nightly stays. That’s a pretty huge number if you ask us. In fact, it’s the same amount that Kenny Chesney donated to Friends of Virgin Islands National Park last summer. Kudos to both.
Here is a list of the organizations/events that Grande Bay supported in 2013:
- Wounded Warrior Project
- Little Pink Houses of Hope
- Rotary Club Flavors event
- Julius Sprauve School – fundraiser
- Gifft Hill School – fundraiser
- Mount Carmel Church – fundraiser
- St. John Rescue
- Animal Care Center’s annual gala, No Fleas Please fundraiser and Wagapalooza event
- St. John Yacht Club & Kids and the Sea (KATS)
- St. John Cancer Fund
- Woody’s Save Second Base Block Party
- Relay for Life
- St. John Dinghy Poker Run
Grande Bay also donates all of its aged and/or discolored towels and linens to one of our favorite organizations – the Animal Care Center (ACC). Speaking of our favorite furry friends, we’d also like to publicly thank Sirenusa for donating $4,225 to the ACC last month. The money was a combination of a direct donation from Catalus Capital, as well as proceeds from a silent auction.
So again, a huge thank you to Grande Bay, Sirenusa, Kenny Chesney and all of the other businesses, residents and tourists who supported the St. John community in one way or another throughout 2013. Kudos to all of you.
See you next year!