Blackstone giving $1.5 million to support employees, residents impacted by Maui wildfires
Blackstone is providing $1.5 million in relocation relief and assistance payments and charitable donations to support employees and residents at Blackstone’s Maui real estate properties.
The support comes from Blackstone’s senior leaders, portfolio companies, employees, and charitable foundations and includes $3,000 relocation relief and assistance payments to every resident and employee at Grand Wailea, The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua, and Front Street Apartments who lost their homes. $500,000 will also be donated to Hawai‘i Community Foundation and the Maui Food Bank.
“The wildfires have changed the lives of our ladies and gentlemen and their families, many of whom are longtime Lāhainā residents and have lost their homes and so much more. This donation by our owners will go a long way toward meeting their immediate needs and helping our island recover.,” said Andrew Rogers, general manager of the Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua.
Blackstone is supporting additional relief efforts at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, and The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua. Collectively, the resorts are preparing more than 1,750 meals each day to feed displaced local residents and relief workers in partnership with World Central Kitchen. Hundreds of displaced residents are being sheltered at The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua.
The hotels have also provided laundry services and fresh linens to emergency shelters across the island and distributed an array of supplies and personal items donated by team members.
Grand Wailea was the lead sponsor and host of the recent Wiwoʻole Maui Benefit Concert, featuring Maui’s top musical talent coming together to raise funds for Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund.
“Grand Wailea sends our aloha and condolences to everyone impacted by the catastrophic wildfires. We are grateful for Blackstone’s compassionate and generous donation to help our team members who lost everything and assist local residents in this time of great need. We will be there every step of the way to help Maui heal,” said J.P. Oliver, managing director, Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.