February 15, 2005 12:25 PM US Eastern Timezone


Radio Travel Show Expert & Host of “Travel WITH Stephanie Abrams!” Continues Philanthropic Work for Needy Children with Holland America and Maine Teen Camp

Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams, host of the nationally syndicated radio show, “Travel WITH Stephanie Abrams!” heard coast-to-coast on the Business TalkRadio tm Network, announced today two programs already in place for 2005 to aid needy and homeless children rescued from the streets of Tucson by the Giving Tree Outreach Program. “When you reach the intersection of travel and children, “Abrams states,” you have my complete interest and support.” The two programs announced today include a fund -raising cruise through Alaska's inside passage on Holland America Line's Zaandam and the establishment of a scholarship program at the Maine Teen Camp in Porter, Maine, for three children to attend tuition-free for a 4 week camp session this summer.

On the subject of the camping experience, Abrams says, “ I can't think of a better place for three teenagers from Tucson to spend four weeks of their summer than at the Maine Teen Camp (www.teencamp.com). I learned about this camp from a good friend, Rob Sherman, Managing Director of Curtain Bluff Resort in Antigua where he and the owners of Curtain Bluff actively participate in sending teens from Antigua for a summer at the camp. When I investigated the place, I found that this was the ideal place for kids to experience music, art, sports, water sports and be in a safe and caring environment in the cool beautiful state of Maine! Certainly, the children assisted by the Giving Tree in Tucson would benefit greatly from the opportunity to learn wonderful skills while traveling to another geographic region of the US. There is no contest between the hot streets of Tucson in the summer and the Maine Teen Camp!” Abrams states. “My fervent hope is that the teens who attend come away with the kind of experience that helps them direct their dreams into lifetime goals and that their travel experiences will motivate them to want to see more of the world and pass on the positive lessons they learn from their travels.”

The Holland America Alaska Cruise on the Zaandam scheduled for August 20, 2005 from Vancouver, whose lead price is $1152 per person/double inclusive of taxes, includes a donation to the Giving Tree Outreach Program and can be booked by agents as well as consumers through Holidays N Travel (www.hnttravel.com). This is the second fund-raising cruise Abrams has endorsed for the Giving Tree, the first being HAL's inaugural Caribbean cruise of the Westerdam in December, 2004, which Abrams notes, “was a great success!”

Abrams explains that she became aware of the Giving Tree's mission to rescue homeless children from the streets of Tucson and assist needy children, when its Executive Director, Libby Wright, was “lucky caller number 5” to her radio show which won her a stay at the Diva Hotel in San Francisco, part of Personality Hotels boutique chain of Union Square District properties. “Libby told me, off the air, that she was so glad she had won this hotel stay because she really needed a rest. When I asked, ‘A rest from what?' she told me about the work of her organization. How could I not be interested in finding ways to help the organization and the children they serve?' Abrams asks.

In addition to the HAL fundraising cruise in December, 2004, Abrams provided 12 children and their 4 chaperones from the Giving Tree with a 12 day trip from Tucson to California to visit the attractions in LA and San Diego “and send them on their first trip to the ocean!” Abrams notes. “It's great to note that I have so many wonderful friends in the travel industry whose companies have hearts as big as this nation! The combined efforts of Thrifty Car Rental, Woodfin Suites Hotels, Choice Hotels and the Hilton Del Mar in San Diego plus a variety of clothing and traveling items supplied by HAL, Hertz and Club Med, got the group traveling in style!”

In 2004, Abrams was also recognized by Berkshire County's Regal Cinemas, in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, for her assistance in helping them reach their charitable goals in their “Stars of Hope” fundraising efforts for the Jimmy Fund and the Will Rogers Fund.

Abrams, a Travel Industry Partner in the New York Times Travel Show scheduled for March 4 -6, 2005 at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC, will be on the exhibit floor at booth #525, “where I hope I will have the opportunity to interface with many of the suppliers exhibiting who have not yet been featured guests on my show and hope to meet, among the 25,000 expected consumers interested in travel, many of my listeners who listen to the show live on Sundays in the 7pm to 9pm EST timeslot on the Business TalkRadio Network's affiliated stations and globally at my award-winning website, www.sabrams.com.”


Stephanie B. Abrams