Company House Hotel, the completely renovated Christiansted boutique hotel that reopened in November 2018 and its sister hotel Caravelle Hotel & Casino have supported local charities and community events with more than $300,000 since 2017. The VIGL hotel group, which focuses its support on education, culture, entertainment and community events, plans to expand its philanthropic support in 2019.
“Communities thrive when everyone gets involved,” said Lance Griffith, COO of VIGL and CRG, which collectively own both Company House Hotel, Caravelle Hotel & Casino, and also lease horse race tracks on St. Thomas and St. Croix.
“We have always supported the revitalization of Christiansted directly as well as the island of St. Croix through donations given to educational, community, cultural and event programs,” said Griffith.
In 2019, the Caravelle Hotel Group donated $10,000 to the Taste of St. Croix, an annual culinary festival, and donated $20,000 to the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience and St. Croix Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports community and economic development, education reform, public safety and nonprofit development.
In the past two years, VIGL and the hotels have donated in-kind charitable donations, including room nights and event space valued at more than $25,000. Organizations supported by fiscal and in-kind donations include, but are not limited to, the Agriculture and Food Fair, American Cancer Society, St. Croix Animal Welfare Center, St. Croix Economic Summit, St. Croix Foundation, St. George Botanical Gardens, St. Croix Majorettes, Ten Sleepless Knights Cultural Committee, The Superior Court Rising Stars, Taste of St. Croix, Virgin Islands Agrifest, Virgin Islands Triathlon, the University of the Virgin Islands and other educational, cultural and community organizations.
Additional funds supported community activities, including the open-air concert series that work towards the hotel group’s goal of revitalizing Christiansted.