The Hotel Association of New York City Foundation donated 5,000 N95 masks to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. Pictured are, from left, Hotel Association of New York City President and CEO Vijay Dandapani, HANYC Foundation Chairman and Managing Director of Baccarat New York Hermann Elger and owner representatives Raymond Sun and Zhujia Hong.

HOTELIERS OFTEN STEP up to help in times of crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. On April 1 the Hotel Association of New York City Foundation donated 5,000 N95 medical masks to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

HANYC Foundation Chair Hermann Elger and President Vijay Dandapani presented the masks to the hospital after receiving a donation from  the Baccarat New York’s ownership group, Sunshine Insurance. The handoff happened at HANYC Foundation’s COVID-19 donation center with Sunshine Insurance representatives Raymond Sun and Zhujia Hong.

The HANYC Foundation’s COVID-19 outreach effort is committed to bringing together the 300 New York City member hotels to coordinate donations from the hotel industry, its partners and suppliers to assist medical response and first responders working so diligently through this unprecedented crisis,” the foundation said in its blog.

Hoteliers have helped in other disasters, such as 2018’s Hurricane Michael in Florida and 2017’s Hurricane Harvey in Houston.