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Fairmont Hamilton raises $42,000 for National Trust

Fairmont Hamilton Princess raised $42,000 for the National Trust at an auction on Saturday to mark the hotel's 125th anniversary.

Cash will be used to help restore the Trust's flagship property Verdmont in Smith's, deemed one of the most significant historic buildings on the Island.

Verdmont, built between 1693 and 1714, was a private residence and has remained virtually unchanged for 300 years. It was bought by the Trust in 1951 and opened as a museum six years later.

Fairmont Hamilton general manager Jon Crellin said in a statement: “This has been a year of celebration for us at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess.

“Saturday evening provided a festive conclusion to our anniversary activities and provided us with an occasion to thank our staff, the community and others for their support during our anniversary year, and for the past 125 years. It was also an excellent opportunity to raise funds to benefit an historic and important organisation in Bermuda.”

National Trust executive director Jennifer Gray said: “The celebration on Saturday evening was a fitting opportunity to reflect on the significant history we have in Bermuda and to acknowledge the importance of preserving that history.

“On behalf of the Bermuda National Trust, I would like to thank the Fairmont Hamilton Princess for recognising our work and for their generous donation, which will benefit the people of Bermuda for many years to come. We wish continued success for the hotel.”Items in the silent auction included two- and three-night stays at Fairmont properties in Bermuda and overseas, dinners, happy hours, spa getaways and golf membership.

Photo by Glenn Tucker Generous donation: A cheque for $42,775 was given to Jennifer Gray, the Executive Director of Bermuda National Trust from Jon Crellin, General Manager of the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. The money was raised during the hotel's 125th anniversary year black tie event on Saturday night.

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Published December 01, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 10, 2010 at 3:40 am)

Fairmont Hamilton raises $42,000 for National Trust

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