JEFFREY D Dunn, president and CEO of Sesame Workshop, last week presented its Corporate Leadership Award to Sandals Resorts International.
The award was accepted by Adam Stewart, deputy chairman of Sandals Resorts International, on behalf of his father, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, chairman and founder of Sandals and Beaches Resorts, at the Sesame Workshop’s 16th annual benefit gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York, United States.
Adam Stewart said he accepted the Corporate Leadership Award in honour of Beaches Resorts’ commitment to making every child feel welcome and safe, whether through autism-friendly kids’ activities or support for families affected by recent hurricanes, along with the efforts of Sandals Foundation, the organisation’s philanthropic arm.
The CBS’s Katie Couric hosted the event with Sesame Street Muppets Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and friends at Cipriani 42nd Street. The evening also included a special performance by New Orleans musician and philanthropist Trombone Shorty.
“I am extremely thankful to accept this award on behalf of Beaches Resort’s ongoing dedication to make a positive impact on our future generation,” said Stewart. “As a proud sponsor of Sesame Street, Beaches Resorts is honoured to provide an award-winning vacation experience for all children, including families with special needs, by creating engaging and inspiring activities with a trained and certified staff.”
Following the recent landmark television debut of Julia, a new Sesame Street Muppet with autism, Beaches announced the walkaround character’s arrival to its resorts in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos in fall 2017. Julia’s debut also continues Beaches Resorts’ partnership with Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, and expands the resort company’s exclusive Beaches Resorts Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street® programme, now in its 14th year of partnership.