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E-Land Group donates $130K to American Red Cross

E-LAND Group, the parent company of Kensington Hotel Saipan, Pacific Islands Club and Coral Ocean Golf Resort, on Thursday donated a total of $130,000 to the American Red Cross-NMI chapter.

E-Land Group Saipan president Matthew Park said the donation comprised of $100,000 in cash and $30,000 worth of supplies for Typhoon Yutu relief and recovery.

American Red Cross-NMI chapter executive director John Hirsh thanked the E-Land Group, its leadership and staff, for their generosity and for devoting their time to help the islands and the people recover from the super typhoon.

Hirsh noted that E-Land’s two hotels — Pacific Islands Club and Coral Ocean Golf Resort — were damaged by the typhoon and have been closed for repairs. “Here they are, suffering organizationally with two of their properties badly damaged, but still they go out to help the community,” he added.

He said it was not the first time that E-Land provided help to the island. In the aftermath of Typhoon Soudelor in Aug. 2105, he said the company also made a donation to the American Red Cross.

E-Land Group Saipan president Matthew Park donates $130,000 in cash and in-kind to the American Red Cross on Thursday morning at its office.   Also in photo are Lt. Gov. Victor B. Hocog, E-Land staff, Red Cross officials and volunteers.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioE-Land Group Saipan president Matthew Park donates $130,000 in cash and in-kind to the American Red Cross on Thursday morning at its office. Also in photo are Lt. Gov. Victor B. Hocog, E-Land staff, Red Cross officials and volunteers. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

“It has been the hardest time for us since we started business on Saipan,” Park said. “Our properties are heavily damaged, and business has been critically impacted by the way the typhoon affected the whole tourism industry in Saipan. I still don’t know what will be our future here but we still want to support the community in any way we can.”

Hirsh said E-Land’s will be used for feeding shelter residents, emergency supplies, support for people with disabilities or those special needs, and financial support for families whose homes were damaged.

A week after the typhoon hit the island, PIC and Coral Ocean Golf Resort provided free water to the public.

At Kensington Hotel Saipan, E-Land Group hosted an appreciation dinner for all the relief workers and commended them for their hard work.

E-Land Group also provided $250 each to its employees who were affected by the typhoon.