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Celebrate the True Meaning Of Christmas

Warm your hearts this season by focusing on the true meaning of the holidays, the children. For the third consecutive year, the Royal Sonesta Hotel proudly announces their special partnership with Children’s Hospital.

The magic begins on Friday, December 17 at 2 p.m. when the Royal Sonesta’s Grand Ballroom will host over 40 patients from Children’s Hospital and their families for a Royal Teddy Bear Tea. The experience includes a visit with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, and sing-a-longs with Rudolph and his friends. Members of the New Orleans Saintsations are even taking part in the festivities.

For those patients not able to attend the December 17th event, the Royal Sonesta will transport the Royal Teddy Bear Tea experience to the Hospital. On Thursday December 23 at 8:45 a.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at Children’s Hospital loaded with surprises for the kids. A traditional New Orleans style second line parade through the hospital will help get the children and staff members into the holiday spirit. Of course, each child will receive their very own Royal Teddy Bear for cuddling.

Each year the Royal Sonesta Hotel commissions a local artist to create an ornament that benefits Children’s Hospital. Glass artist, James Vella, has designed the 2011 Royal Teddy Bear Ornament. This hand-blown, hand-painted, limited edition, signed and numbered keepsake is available for $35 at all Royal Teddy Bear Tea seatings or by calling the Royal Sonesta’s Holiday Desk at 504-553-2231. All net proceeds from the sale of the ornament go directly to Children’s Hospital.

In the spirit of giving, each guest is invited to donate a small un-wrapped gift at all of the Royal Teddy Bear Tea seatings to be delivered to the patients at Children’s Hospital.
“Through this special partnership with Children’s Hospital, we hope to create lasting memories for the patients and their families during this holiday season, explains Alfred L. Groos, President and General Manager of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. “The hotel is committed to supporting those organizations who generously give back to the city of New Orleans,” continued Groos.

“It’s hard for a child to be in the hospital, especially during the holidays. We are fortunate to have great friends in the community like the Royal Sonesta. These events will certainly be memorable for our patients,” said Cathleen Randon, director of Public Affairs at Children’s Hospital.

Since its opening in 1955, Children's Hospital has continually offered the most advanced pediatric care. With more than 40 specialties, 200 beds and nearly 400 physicians, it is the only full-service hospital exclusively for children in Louisiana and the Gulf South. As a not-for-profit medical center, the hospital has no stockholders or dividends to pay. It is governed by an independent board of trustees made up of community volunteers. Revenue generated is used to operate the hospital and to expand and advance its services. In 2009, Children's Hospital recorded 172,302 patient visits with children coming to us from all 64 Louisiana parishes, 48 states and 3 foreign countries. In all, the hospital provided care for 63,239 children.

The Royal Sonesta Hotel is just steps away from some of the finest holiday shopping, world famous restaurants and historic sites. Located in the center of the action, Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse will present special holiday programming. A locals’ favorite, PJ’s Coffee Café, offers seasonal coffees and teas in a relax setting during the hustle and bustle. For more information on all the Royal Sonesta’s holiday activities, call the holiday desk at 504-553-2231 or visit
The 500-room Royal Sonesta Hotel is located in the heart of the fabulous French Quarter, just steps from world-famous restaurants, antique shops, jazz clubs and premier tourist attractions. Its atmosphere reflects a strong European influence and Southern charm. The hotel surrounds a tropical courtyard, just off an elegant marble lobby. The guestrooms offer views of the beautifully landscaped pool, secluded patios or French Quarter life. The hotel boasts over 20,000 square feet of functional meeting space as well as a brand new, luxurious Board Room equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology. For hotel or restaurant reservations or more information, call your travel agent, 1-800-SONESTA, or visit their website at
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