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5 posts from November 2012

11/27/2012

Celebrate the Holiday Season with The Nutcracker in NJ!

Not quite in the holiday spirit? This holiday classic may help! Plan your visit with us at The Wilshire Grand and enjoy one of the upcoming performances of The Nutcracker in Morristown, NJ.

Christmas - ballet - NutcrackerNew Jersey Ballet presents The Nutcracker

The Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)

Morristown, NJ

The holiday show in NJ will be Friday-Sunday, December 14-16; Thursday-Monday, December 20-24, 2012. Don’t miss your chance to see the dazzling dances, eye-popping special effects and live orchestra at one of the 12 performances, recommended for ages 4 and up.

For more information about The Nutcracker in NJ, visit the Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) website.

Turn your holiday visit into a memorable getaway and plan your stay with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. After The Nutcracker, relax in our cozy accommodations in West Orange, NJ. Visit our website for more details and book your holiday getaway today!

11/20/2012

Happy Thanksgiving from The Wilshire Grand Hotel!

THANKSGIVING_CartoonTurkeyHappy Thanksgiving to All!

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.  ~Edward Sandford Martin

Sending warm wishes for a joyous Thanksgiving holiday from our family to yours! From all of us here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel in NJ, have a very safe and healthy Thanksgiving!

If planning to travel to NJ this Thanksgiving, we invite you to spend the holiday with us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. Visit our website to learn more.

11/13/2012

Catch a Performance at the NJPAC & Help Raise Money for Hurricane Sandy!

Musical notes graphic 2In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many have come together to help raise money for all those who were affected by the devastating superstorm.

If you are looking to attend an upcoming show in NJ, here’s your chance to catch a performance at the NJPAC while helping to raise money for the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.

Just recently announced, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center NJPAC, a local attraction near The Wilshire Grand Hotel, has set aside one hundred $25 tickets for which 100% of the ticket price will be donated to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Below is a list of the upcoming NJPAC performances that have been selected for the relief fund effort:

  •  Jamaica at 50 – Nov. 30, 2012 at 7pm
  • Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – Dec. 1, 2012 at 8pm
  • Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra – Dec. 2, 2012 at 7:30pm
  • New York Philharmonic – Dec. 7, 2012 at 8pm
  • Funk Fest – Dec. 8, 2012 at 7:30pm
  • Natalie Merchant – Dec. 9, 2012 at 7pm
  • Ronald K. Brown/Evidence – Dec. 15, 2012 at 7:30pm
  • Fred Hammond – Dec. 21, 2012 at 8pm
  • Darlene Love and Friends – Dec. 22, 2012 at 8pm
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: Marvin Sapp/Kim Burrell – Jan. 18, 2013 at 7pm
  • Budapest Festival Orchestra – Jan. 19, 2013 at 8pm
  • Paco Pena Flamenco Ensemble – Jan. 27, 2013 at 3pm
  • Cinderella – Feb. 1, 2013 at 7:30
  • Sing-a-long Sound of Music – Feb. 16, 2013 at 7pm
  • Bowfire – Feb. 22, 2013 at 8pm
  • Hilary Hahn – Feb. 24, 2013 at 3pm
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock – Mar. 2, 2013 at 8pm
  • Whoopi Goldberg – Mar. 8, 2013 at 8pm

Catch a performance at the NJPAC and help be part of the relief efforts! The relief fund tickets must be purchased by December 1, 2012. For more information about the Hurricane Relief Performance Tickets and NJPAC, visit the NJPAC website.

11/05/2012

Sandy Strikes and WE STAND STRONGER THAN EVER!

This last week I lost power like many in my area, at home and at work. Most of my staff is still without power at home, myself included. I have no spare rooms to offer my team as I normally might because we do not want to displace local folks with no power that are still staying with us. I’ve personally thrown away more than $500 worth of food that has spoiled at home and an estimated $2000 worth of food that has spoiled at the hotel. Along with my team, we have worked harder than ever to insure our guests comfort, safety, & satisfaction.

In spite of it all, I have experienced the most rewarding week in my entire career because I’ve seen complete strangers from out of town “step up” to the plate and offer the less fortunate help and assistance both financially and with the delivery of goods.

It started last week when a wedding party guest canceled his room at the last minute and he was surprised to find we were being flexible with our otherwise pretty demanding cancellation policy on weekends.

We’re a small, independent hotel and canceling rooms at the last minute hurts us since we usually don’t have an opportunity to rebook the room. When I explained we were not charging for the cancellation because we were delighted to have a room become available for a local family that’s been displaced due to “Sandy” he said he’d been watching the news and was a bit embarrassed that didn’t even think about the real impact. He then said, “Please charge me and allow me to pay for someone’s room from the area that really needs it.”

In the next 48 hours that happened three more times and may business partners insisted on doing so as well. I also decided to offer a free room for each that was paid for by gestures such as this and now, just a few days later, I am receiving things like gift cards for Starbucks, toiletries, non-perishable goods shipped to us for neighbors in need, and even donations of as much as $300 to apply to guestrooms for locally displaced guests by people that weren’t even guests. They had simply heard about or read our Facebook page of the activity and were drawn to help.

I remain no less than amazed at the resilience and empathy of our brothers and sisters nationwide to help take care of our own. I will continue to assist our displaced neighbors and friends. I won’t whine because I have no power at home yet. I will simply be grateful and feel blessed that I live in such a great country that when the rubber hits the road, we’re not republican, independents, or democrats. We’re Americans and we share the same desire to take care of each other & rebuild at times of crisis such as this.

Ed Reagoso, 
General Manager
The Wilshire Grand Hotel

Star Ledger Article

11/02/2012

Our hearts are with all those affected by the Superstorm Sandy.

We have power again but the internet and phones remain a bit sketchy, but we are open. Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone dealing with the aftermath of the storm. A special thanks to all first responders and volunteers working throughout the Northeast during this challenging time. Stay safe everyone.

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