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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Expedia® Rocks the House!

#TriniCarnival2k12 / Image: @OneBrownGirl
I was on a press trip in Trinidad and Tobago for Carnival when the press release came out about the partnership between Expedia® and The Passport Party Project.  It was Carnival Tuesday in fact...and after a full day of Carnival fête-ing, I went back to my hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad and could tell by my email inboxes, my Twitter feed, and Kim Mance's TBEX newsletter that the news was out.  Exhausted from the day, I managed to re-tweet and post the news on my Facebook pages and then I went downstairs and ordered a glass of champagne.  Alone and smiling, I toasted to the 100 underserved girls all over the nation that will be given a world view.  No amount of fatigue could wipe off the silly grin I had on my face...even as I laid down my head that evening.  This is really happening, I thought.  Expedia® has got my back and the backs of 100 girls and their families.  #booyah

Austin, Texas / The State Capitol
Skyline image courtesy of Wiki
So now the real work begins as I recover from an exhausting trip and get ready for the Austin Passport Party this coming Saturday.  Even though I couldn't do this without Passport Party volunteers Shelley Seale, Program Manager Melissa Sustaita of the Ann Richards School of Young Women Leaders, or gracious venue host Barbara Joubert of The Miracle Foundation (I mean that too), I still have quite a few logistics to figure out, supplies to gather, and emails to answer so this will likely be a super busy five days for me as Thursday (the day I fly out) will be here before I know it.

I am happy and I am grateful.  Thank you all for your support.  I promise to get back to each and every one of you within the next few weeks and appreciate your patience as I wrap my head around this glorious glorious news:  Expedia® is the official travel sponsor of The Passport Party Project.  How cool is that?!  Carnival ain't got nothing on this.  *Big grin*

Yours in service...

The Twitter hashtag is #PassportPartyProject
and #AustinPassportParty