WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) today welcomed the Costello family of Bethlehem to Washington, DC, where they presented the Hon. Ichiro Fujisaki, Japanese Ambassador to the United States, with a donation for Japanese disaster relief efforts totaling over $4,000. Dennis Costello, General Manger of Hotel Bethlehem, last month organized a Japanese-themed Sunday Musical Brunch fundraiser at the hotel to benefit earthquake and tsunami survivors.

“The Costellos’ determination to help the people of Japan in their time of need personifies the compassionate nature of the American people,” said Rep. Dent. “Many residents of the 15th District responded to news of the devastation in Japan with a desire to assist the countless families displaced by the nation’s worst natural disaster.  I applaud the Costellos, as well as the many people who organized and attended the April 3rd fundraiser, for their efforts to help our friends in Japan.”

Earlier in the day, Rep. Dent joined Dennis, his wife Kathy and their two young sons Sean and Jake, for a check presentation at the Japanese Embassy in Washington, DC, hosted by Ambassador Fujisaki. Later, Rep. Dent guided the entire Costello family on a tour of the U.S. Capitol, where they watched proceedings in the U.S. House of Representatives from the House Gallery.

Before overseeing the operations of Hotel Bethlehem, Costello worked for a large hotel firm based in Osaka, Japan.