Realstar president Irwin Prince supports addiction organization

Irwin Prince rappels down the JW Marriott L.A. Live.

Irwin Prince rappels down the JW Marriott L.A. Live.

TORONTO — Realstar Hospitality president and COO Irwin Prince rappelled down a Los Angeles hotel in late January to support Shatterproof, an organization committed to protecting children from addiction to alcohol and other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease. 

During the Americas Lodging Investment Summit conference, held at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton at L.A. Live, the hotel industry united on Jan. 25-26 to change the conversation of addiction one rappel at a time. Prince accepted the challenge and rappelled down 26 stories of the JW Marriott L.A. Live. 

“It was a great honour to participate in this unique event in support of such an important initiative,” said Prince in a release. “Gary Mendell’s story continues to inspire so many people. Shatterproof is a remarkable organization with a message that resonates with millions across the globe.”

After losing his son to drugs in 2011, hotel executive Gary Mendell started to rethink the meaning of success. He embarked on a new path, leaving his career after 25 years to start an organization to combat drug and alcohol addiction. In 2012, Mendell founded Shatterproof with $5 million of his own money.