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Rotary House Guests, Employees Commemorate Ten-Year Anniversary

Rotary House Guests, Employees Commemorate Ten-Year Anniversary
"A Legacy of Caring Celebration"
M. D. Anderson News Release 02/18/03

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Rotary House International, 1600 Holcombe

The Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International, a hotel dedicated exclusively to providing overnight accommodations and serving special needs of patients at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, will open its doors in celebration of ten years of service.

"Our goal at the Rotary House is to provide our guests with hospitality and comfort during what is often the most painful and uncomfortable time in their lives," says Debbie Bonafede, general manager of the Rotary House International. "The 'Spirit to Serve' mission of Marriott International spans over 75 years, and the staff members continually strive to fulfill this mission, in countless ways, each day."

Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. with a social hour where guests can enjoy hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and dessert. Exhibition cooking stations will feature a variety of items from sushi to quesadillas.

A 5:30 p.m. ceremony will follow the reception, featuring David Callender, M.D., executive vice president and chief operating officer at M. D. Anderson; Bill Teague, president and chief executive officer for the Blood Center and past president of the Rotary Club of Houston and Bob Pittinger, area general manager for the Marriott South Cluster Hotels in Houston.

Operated by Marriott Conference Centers, the Rotary House was built to replace a converted apartment house owned by M. D. Anderson that rented units to long-stay chemotherapy patients. The Rotary House officially opened in 1993 as a 198-room facility, which now contains 322 rooms, all specifically designed to cater to the needs of cancer patients.

02/18/03


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