Ocean House debuts non-profit fund for locals


Ocean House Management (OHM) Collection, operators of the Relais & Châteaux Ocean House, Weekapaug Inn and Watch Hill Inn, in Westerly, Rhode Island has announced the debut of the Ocean House Fund for Charitable Giving, designed to raise funds to help children and families in need.

The Ocean House Fund for Charitable Giving is a donor advised fund administered in cooperation with the Rhode Island Foundation, a 501c3 organization, to focus on philanthropic efforts to support children, the disadvantaged, and foodways related causes in the New England area.

Inspired by the generosity of OHM Founders Charles and Deborah Royce and their commitment to the community, OHM management and associates created this fund that strives to continue the support of worthy local community based organizations and have already funded the first $20,000 through their efforts since inception earlier this year.

The Fund will raise money through event programing, charity drives, and guest and employee involvement. Donations and distribution of the Fund will be determined annually by a committee of employees from the Ocean House, Weekapaug Inn and Watch Hill Inn.

Giving back to community

“The creation of the Ocean House Fund is an exciting development because it allows us to have a strategic and meaningful way to give back to the local community, and to directly involve our employees in the decision making process of where the donations will go,” said Daniel Hostettler, President and Group Managing Director of the Ocean House Collection. “We were inspired by what the Royces have done locally, and we are passionate about supporting the local communities in which we live and operate.”

The first major initiative of the Ocean House Fund is the sale of a limited-edition holiday toy. The 2017 and first collectors’ edition is named “Kevin,” in honor of the longest tenured bellman at the acclaimed and Forbes Triple Five Star Ocean House in Watch Hill. The plush collectible is dressed in an Ocean House bellman uniform complete with logo buttons from the actual bellman coats worn by the resort team. Future editions in coming years will be inspired by positions at sister properties, including the Weekapaug Inn and Watch Hill Inn.

Opportunity to Win a Memorable Experience

Three of the 500 Kevin the Snow-Bellman toys will include a special “Golden Ticket.” With every Snow-Bellman purchased, individuals have the opportunity to win three grand prizes, one from each of the three OHM Collection hotels. Winners will enjoy a two-night stay in a Signature Suite at either the Ocean House, Weekapaug Inn or Watch Hill Inn; daily breakfast; and dinner for two in either COAST at the Ocean House or The Restaurant at the Weekapaug Inn, a value ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 per stay.

Kevin, The Snow-Bellman

Hand-made with luxurious fabrics and detailed embroidery, the 10″ limited-edition Snow-Bellmen stuffed toy is packaged in custom-made white snow boxes. The toy is available for purchase for only $65 plus postage at the Ocean House resort or online at https://www.oceanhouseri.com/product/snow-bellman while quantities last. Kevin, the Snow-Bellman, is part of the Ocean House’s extensive list of holiday events, traditions and celebrations for guests and the community.

About Ocean House Management

Since the redevelopment of the Forbes Triple Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Ocean House in 2010, Ocean House Management, LLC has grown from a single luxury hotel to a collection of some of the most prestigious hotels in New England. Each hotel is a destination in its own right, with its own name and personality, and is managed by one of the best hoteliers in the business. The Ocean House Management Collection is comprised of the Ocean House, in Watch Hill, Rhode Island; the Weekapaug Inn, in Weekapaug, Rhode Island; and the Watch Hill Inn, in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.