Posted by on Nov 30, 2010 in Local News & Alerts | 0 comments

HAMILTON, BERMUDA, November 30, 2010The Fairmont Hamilton Princess today announces that it raised a total of $42,775 at its 125th anniversary dinner, held at the hotel on Saturday, November 27. http://www.fairmont.com/hamilton

The Fairmont Hamilton Princess’ General Manager Jon Crellin and Jennifer Gray from Bermuda National Trust.

The funds raised are to benefit The Bermuda National Trust and were collected through a silent and live auction as well as ticket sales for the black-tie evening.

A portion of the proceeds will be allocated for the restoration of Verdmont, the flagship property of the Bermuda National Trust. Verdmont, located on Sayle Road in Smith’s Parish, was built between 1693 and 1714 and has remained virtually unchanged for 300 years. The property was a private residence until it was acquired by the Trust in 1951 and opened to the public as a museum in 1957. It features a magnificent cedar staircase, panoramic ocean views, an extensive collection of antique cedar and mahogany furniture, English and Chinese porcelain and a playroom full of original furniture and toys. Verdmont is deemed by the Trust to be one of the most significant historic buildings in Bermuda.

“This has been a year of celebration for us at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess,” said Jon Crellin, general manager of The Fairmont Hamilton Princess. “Saturday evening provided a festive conclusion to our anniversary activities and provided us with an occasion to thank our staff, the community and others for their support during our anniversary year, and for the past 125 years. It was also an excellent opportunity to raise funds to benefit an historic and important organization in Bermuda.”

“The Bermuda National Trust is honoured to have been included in celebrations for the 125th anniversary of The Fairmont Hamilton Princess,” said Jennifer Gray, executive director of The Bermuda National Trust. “The celebration on Saturday evening was a fitting opportunity to reflect on the significant history we have in Bermuda and to acknowledge the importance of preserving that history.  On behalf of The Bermuda National Trust, I would like to thank The Fairmont Hamilton Princess for recognizing our work and for their generous donation, which will benefit the people of Bermuda for many years to come. We wish continued success for the hotel.”


Items in the silent auction included two- and three-night stays at Fairmont properties in Bermuda and overseas; dinners, happy hours, spa getaways and golf membership at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess and The Fairmont Southampton;  gift baskets from Miles, Europa Imports, Bacardi and Carole Holding; a case of wine from Gosling’s; jewellery from Crissons and The Fairmont Hamilton Princess; original paintings by Sheilagh Head, Christopher Grimes and April Branco, all from Windjammer II; airline tickets from JetBlue and Air Canada; and gift certificates for Inverurie Day Spa, Island Restaurant Group and MEF Group. The Bermuda National Trust also donated a quilt featuring Verdmont House, Christmas candlelit cocktails and canapés at Verdmont, a Boer Prisoner of War walking stick, a set of Bermuda’s Architectural Heritage books and a Trustworthy gift basket.  The live auction offered a four-night getaway to The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa and The Fairmont San Francisco, including airfare and two nights with breakfast at each resort. From The Fairmont Hamilton Princess and The Bermuda National Trust was a one-bedroom suite with Fairmont Gold access and four Fairmont Gold rooms, dinner for 10 including wine at Waterville and transportation to and from Waterville.

A memorabilia display was also a feature at the event. Since January, the hotel has borrowed Princess memorabilia such as an activities guide, historic photographs, postcards and a cedar box, some of which date back to 1920, from locals and former guests.

Since 1885, the hotel has been a Bermuda landmark and with its rich history, from the Victorian era and the birth of tourism on the island through World War II and into today, is part of Bermuda’s cultural heritage. For more information about The Fairmont Hamilton Princess visit www.fairmont.com/hamilton.

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