Dusit Thani Guam Resort Launches Partnership for Dusit SmilesSeptember 2016
Dusit Thani Guam Resort is proud to announce its partnership with two local doctors in support of Dusit Smiles for Operation Smile. Dusit Smiles for Operation Smile is a company-wide Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative which aims to create smiles, change lives, and provide a better future for the children with cleft lip and cleft palates. “We are grateful for this partnership which will have a lasting impact on the lives of our local children and their families,” said Dean Huntsman, General Manager for Dusit Thani Guam Resort. Dr. Darius Richardson, D.M.D., M.D. and Dr. John Fegurgur, M.D. are both registered doctors with the Operation Smile program and have been performing cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries on Guam and as part of medical missions to neighboring countries for the past several years. The support of these doctors has made it possible for Dusit Thani Guam Resort to work towards directing its fundraising monies towards cleft palate operations exclusively on Guam, which means all funds raised by DTGU for Dusit Smiles will stay on island. Last year alone, the doctors performed over a dozen cleft lip and cleft palate procedures on Guam. According to Dr. Fegurgur costs inclusive of surgery, hospital related expenses and post-treatment therapy can range from $30,000.00 to $40,000.00 per patient. With Dusit Smiles being the flagship CSR activity for the company, Dusit Thani Guam Resort is looking forward to inviting the community to participate in a number of fundraising activities that are being planned in the coming months to include a two-day golf tournament with an exclusive awards banquet at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort, a Father/Daughter dance, and a 5k that will have everybody smiling! Since 2010, Dusit International, one of Asia’s leading hotel groups, has donated over USD $200,000.00 to provide surgery for children with facial deformities under Dusit Smiles for Operation Smile Thailand. The company’s first operation mission, which was held in Si Sa Ket, northeast of Thailand, was a successful event with the support from Dusit International’s hotels and resorts as well as its business units. Funds raised come from organizing many charity activities throughout the year, in-room Dusit Smiles donation envelopes, donation boxes placed in all Dusit hotels and restaurants, charity auctions, salary donations, sports events, and much more.