Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes Award-Winning Community Service Program Contributes 1,500 Service Hours and $300,000 in Donations

"The Buttes" is honored with the 2015 Community Service Leader of the Year Award for the State of Arizona for the Second Consecutive Year

​For the second straight year and in unprecedented fashion, Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes hotel in Tempe, Ariz., has been honored with the 2015 Community Service Leader of the Year Award for the State of Arizona, as selected by the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association (AZLTA).  Honored at the recent AZLTA Stars of the Industry event, the hotel is also a national nominee for the same award from the American Lodging and Tourism Association (ALTA). 

“Our hotel values our role in the community as a place of hospitality,” said General Manager Steve Eberhart. “However, our role as a community leader is invaluable and equally rewarding.”

In 2014, Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes began a hotel-wide program,  Give | Local – A Community Giving Initiative, garnering the attention of guests, clients, Marriott International, and the industry as a platform for an organized, focused and impactful giving initiative, which may be duplicated at other hotels across the country.

“Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes has provided much needed support in several areas benefiting the women and children residing in our shelter program,” said Teri Hauser, Chief Advancement Officer for the Sojourner Center.  “We are honored to have Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes as a community partner; (they) exemplify what it means to be a true partner to organizations throughout our community.”

Highlights of Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes 2015 community service initiatives included: 480 volunteer hours to the Ronald McDonald House “Cook Dinner” program; 610 volunteer hours “Cooking for a Cause” and 200 volunteer hours with Habitat for Humanity.  Over and above this effort, the hotel directly raised $20,000 for its beneficiaries and supported the effort to raise over $300,000 for local beneficiaries in conjunction with area partners and programs.    

As corporate social responsibility gains momentum, Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes is inviting area corporate neighbors such as Aetna, Intel, General Electric, State Farm and Wells Fargo are being invited to align their charitable and community missions. 

“Our program offers the opportunity to harmonize commerce and community in a way that adds definition to hospitality and our charge as hoteliers,” said Doug Varsano, Director of Sales and Marketing and Give | Local liaison for the hotel.        

Renowned for its spectacular on-property venues and breathtaking views, Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes is emerging from over $15 million in renovations including upgrades to all guestrooms, meeting spaces, restaurants and the lobby.  Popular with business and leisure travelers as well as regional and national associations and non-profit organizations, the hotel’s proximity to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and adjacency to Tempe Diablo Stadium (spring training home to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) is ideal. 

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Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes sits majestically atop a 25-acre East Valley landmark providing Arizona travelers with exciting southwest lodging that boasts natural beauty and upscale accommodations. Serving as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim spring training hotel, The Buttes welcomes guests with the finest of hotel amenities and superior service, while also offering convenient access to outdoor sports, local entertainment and cultural venues. Unique in design, but warm and gracious with hospitality, this Tempe hotel is an ideal destination whether planning a family vacation or corporate retreat. Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes is operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts (, the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company.

Christina Peterson