Families with CUPS benefit from downtown hotel’s renovation, surprised with gifted furniture
The overhaul of the rooms of the Hyatt Regency Calgary resulted in a surplus of high quality furniture and the chairs, beds, tables, desks and other items will soon find their way to families in need.
More than two dozen families selected by the Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) were treated to a special sleepover on Sunday night at recently renovated hotel.
Kat Clare’s five-year-old son Leon was overcome with excitement as he discovered the items in their hotel room. “When we got upstairs, my son was running around and he was like ‘there’s something in the mirror!’ – it was a clock - and then ‘A mirror! I’ve always wanted a mirror!’.”
“He was jumping on the bed and then he finally discovered the t.v.,” said Clare with a laugh. “The t.v. is bigger than ours, mommy!”
The stay included dinner and a movie inside the imperial ballroom, swimming, spa services for the adults and a brunch on Monday morning.
“(These are) memories that these families will absolutely never forget,” said Carlene Donnelly, executive director of CUPS. “The Hyatt and CUPS have had an 18 year relationship and they’ve certainly done more than talk. They’ve walked their talk in so many ways in showing such leadership to create these kinds of opportunities, to help us with fundraising campaigns, to hold our annual gala that funds our family development and child development.”
When it came time to check out, the members of the 25 families were informed that pieces of furniture, similar to what they had found in their rooms, would be delivered to their homes.
Clare says she underestimated the full extent of the generosity at first. “I thought we were just getting bedding and pillows and sheets but I found out we’re getting the whole nine yards of what’s displayed,” said Clare. “I almost cried.”
The inclusion of blankets carried extra significance for Clare who lost all of hers to a house fire last year. She says she had resorted to sleeping under children’s blankets in the months since the fire.
According to Donnelly, CUPS serves over 10,000 families and individuals each year.
With files from CTV's Kevin Fleming