Spa Business 4 2023

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As a destination spa which takes its social commitment seriously, Golden Door donates its net profit to charity. Kath Hudson finds out how its latest project is helping victims of domestic and sexual abuse

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very year hundreds of affluent guests flock to California’s Golden Door in search of wellbeing. But not many know that the destination spa’s ability to make a difference to people extends way beyond its Zen-like setting. Since acquiring the property in 2012, Joanne Conway – married to Carlyle Group billionaire Bill Conway – pledged to donate 100 per cent of the spa’s net profits to charity. Golden Door’s COO, Kathy Van Ness, says the motivation comes from the company’s belief that it has a responsibility to extend the benefits of the spa beyond the four walls. The charity work undertaken by The Golden Door Foundation has become meaningful to both guests and staff, who enjoy making a difference to the local community and the wider world.

BREAKING THE CYCLE “As we call San Diego home, it’s important to us to make a meaningful difference in the region,” says Van Ness, explaining that the company is a thoughtful

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Making a difference

caretaker of the 2,200 acres surrounding Golden Door that provide miles of local hiking trails. Another cause close to its heart is child abuse prevention and the charities it supports have this in common. Most local, but some national, they work to transform lives today and break the cycle for the future. “The more we’ve learned from people doing great work in this field, the more compelled we were to help,” Van Ness says. One of its latest beneficiaries is Your Safe Place, an agency which helps child abuse victims. The partnership extends back to 2021 and its most recent donation of US$100,000 (€94,555, £82,050) has allowed Your Safe Place to create forensic interview rooms at its San Diego site. “Years ago we learned about the critical process of highly-specialised forensic interviews in obtaining evidence which is necessary to help child abuse victims seek justice and stop abusers,” says Van Ness.

The donation has paid for a child-friendly interview space

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Golden Door’s Kathy Van Ness


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