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May 10, 2011
Donation Delivered to Japanese Embassy

Bethlehem, Pa. (May 10, 2011) Dennis J. Costello, General Manager of the Historic Hotel Bethlehem, was pleased to personally deliver a donation of more than $4100 from the Historic Hotel Bethlehem to the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C.  This donation will go directly to the Earthquake/Tsunami victims in Japan.

Mr. Costello delivered the check to the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, May 5th, he was accompanied by his wife, Kathy and son’s, Sean and Jake.  At the Embassy, the Costello’s were joined by United States Representative to the 15th District, Congressman Charlie Dent.  Japanese Ambassador, Ichiro Fujisaki was very gracious and invited the visitors into his office to have tea.  “It was an honor to help in any way and we encourage others in the hospitality industry to do the same” says Mr. Costello.  “The Ambassador told us that he wants people to know that Japan is open for business.  Tourism has dramatically declined in Tokyo and other areas not effected by the disaster, this is becoming an added burden for them.” Mr. Costello adds that the Ambassador is hopeful that visitors will begin to re-book their travel plans and visit Japan.

The Historic Hotel Bethlehem held their fundraiser on Sunday April 3rd, the following people or organizations contributed in the form of performances, presentations or donations; pianist, Yuko Izuhara-Gordon, violist, Victoria Voronyansky, Mark Kennedy, founder of the Lehigh Valley Origami, Jane Shaffer, representing Bethlehem’s Sister City, Tondabayashi Japan, Robata of Tokyo, Subarashii Kudamono Gourmet Asian Pears, Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse and Southern Wines & Spirits.

The Historic Hotel Bethlehem is located in Bethlehem, Pa.  It is in the heart of Bethlehem’s nationally registered historic district.  The hotel is a proud member of Historic Hotels of America.  Experience world-class service, charming guest accommodations and award winning cuisine, all on a site that has been warmly welcoming guests since 1741.

For more information for please contact Dennis J. Costello, General Manager of The Historic Hotel Bethlehem at (610) 625-5000, via email or visit our Website at





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