Hotel Association of NYC Foundation donates 5,000 masks

The Hotel Association of New York City Foundation donated 5,000 N95 masks to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. Pictured [from left] are Hotel Association of New York City President/CEO Vijay Dandapani; Hermann Elger, HANYC Foundation chairman and managing director of Baccarat New York; and owner representatives Raymond Sun and Zhujia Hong. Photo credit: Hotel Association of New York City

The HANYC Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hotel Association of New York City, donated 5,000 N95 masks to Mount Sinai Hospital, a gift made possible by a donation to the foundation. 

The donation was facilitated by Hermann Elger, HANYC Foundation’s chairman and managing director of Baccarat New York; Vijay Dandapani, president/CEO of the Hotel Association of New York City; and local hotel owner representatives Raymond Sun and Zhujia Hong, who presented the masks to Mount Sinai’s 101st Street COVID-19 donation center on Wednesday.

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The Hotel Association of New York City represents nearly 300 member hotel owners and operators. According to the association, the city’s hotel industry employs 50,000 New Yorkers.

The Hotel Association and individual hotel owners have been working with city and state government to make entire hotels available to frontline health-care workers and as makeshift medical facilities to relieve New York City’s overburdened hospitals. According to ny1.com, at least 20 hotels have signed contracts with the city to be converted into additional hospital space.