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Celebrating 35 years: Associate Spotlight – Patty Rodriguez

This year, Marriott Vacations Worldwide joins CMN Hospitals in celebrating 35 years of incredible partnership, all in support of local sick and injured kids.

CMN Hospitals was founded 35 years ago in 1983, and Marriott International was the first corporate partner to join the organizations efforts to raise money for local children’s hospitals. In the early days of the partnership, Marriott provided free rooms for celebrity guests appearing on the organization’s telethon.

Marriott Vacation Club resorts have continued this legacy and support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since Marriott Vacations Worldwide became an independent, public company in 2011. Now, 35 years later, Marriott International and MVW associates, guests and Owners have raised more than $130 million for sick and injured kids treated at CMN Hospitals.

Throughout 2018, we will be highlighting Marriott Vacation Clubs and their incredible associates who go above and beyond to support local children’s hospitals. This month, we celebrate Patty Rodriguez, Engineering Administrative Assistant at Desert Springs Villas in Palm Desert, California. 

Patty has been a supporter for CMN Hospitals for 14 years and specifically involved with the Torch Relay for two years. Last year, she was able to reach her goal of $8,000 and she was recognized and awarded at the Torchbearer 2016 celebration. Patty says, “This has been one of the best experiences ever!” 

She has a big heart for children. Several years ago, Patty volunteered with the CMN Hospitals committee. She was invited to visit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), her local CMN Hospital. She was able to see the different needs for each child and listen to testimonies of how we are all able to be heroes. The donations raised by Marriott Vacation Club associates like Patty help provide medical equipment, research and special services, ensuring all kids receive the best care possible. This has given Patty the empowerment and motivation she needs to raise funds for the kids at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles year over year. 

In 2017, Patty raised an incredible total of $11,140 for CHLA through Torch Relay! Patty has been SO amazing with her commitment to CMN Hospitals. Marriott Vacations Worldwide and Desert Springs Villas are proud to have a true champion who sets a great example for us all.  For this we say “Patty, Way To Go!”.