Expedia Launches Travel Giveaway Supporting St. Jude

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In response, Expedia.com®, the world’s leading online travel company, introduced a month-long campaign featuring travel giveaways and exclusive travel coupons to raise funds in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. In its 50-plus year history, treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 percent to 80 percent. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade.

Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from public contributions, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Expedia has created several ways for the travel community to lend its support. Beginning September 1, 2013, consumers can visit http://stjude.expedia.com/ to enter more than 150 giveaway sweepstakes to win aspirational travel packages. Each entry comes with a suggested donation of $5.00, 100 percent of which goes directly to St. Jude.  Consumers can select as many trip options as they like, with the ability to enter each giveaway once a day for the entire month of September.

Expedia Launches Travel Giveaway Supporting St. Jude

The options include:

  • Bali, Indonesia: Five nights at the stunning Conrad Bali in a Deluxe Garden Room including breakfast, a couples massage and a $500 Visa gift card.
  • Vegas Dream Trip: Three nights at the chic Aria Resort & Casino, two tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana, a $200 F&B credit to any MGM resort restaurant, a Rockstar Club Crawl, 2.5 hour Vegas Sights & Lights Limo Tour, a flight on Maverick’s ECO-Star helicopter and three pairs of tickets to Vegas on Spirit Airlines.
  • Maui, Hawaii:  Four nights at the seaside Fairmont Kea Lani and a sunset catamaran cruise plus snorkel or eco-adventure to Molokini with Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures.
  • Marrakech, Morocco: Four nights in a palatial Pavilion room at the Four Seasons Marrakech, including breakfast and a couples spa experience.
  • Montana Outdoor Adventure: Four nights in a spacious Big Sky, Montana, Moonlight Mountain Homes luxury cabin and a $1000 Expedia gift card towards air fare or car rental.

At the campaign’s conclusion, a winner will be selected at random for each trip. No donation is required to enter the giveaways and an alternate method of entry is available.

“St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a miracle – a thriving, successful organization that provides pioneering research and treatment at no cost to patients. We’re proud to help channel the collective energy of millions of travelers to support it,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive officer, Expedia, Inc. “We already know that travelers are passionate people who know how to make every moment count. We’re hoping they’ll make their trips count even more by making a donation to St. Jude that will help save children. We are so grateful for the many generous partner properties, airlines and tourism boards from all around the world that stepped up to join this campaign. So please, join in. And thank you.”

“The support of incredible corporate citizens like Expedia helps fuel our mission of finding cures and saving children,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “This campaign offers travelers a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience, while helping St. Jude provide lifesaving care to children from around the world. We feel fortunate to be associated with this campaign and thank everyone who participates for their support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”

Beyond the dream trip giveaways, there are several different ways that consumers can join this campaign. For example, they can:

  • Donate directly to St. Jude to get a hotel coupon. Consumers who donate $25 to St. Jude on this site may choose either a 10% off coupon good for select hotels on Expedia.com or a 20% off coupon good for select hotels via the Expedia mobile app. To get the coupon and donate to St. Jude, click here.
  • Donate your rewards. Expedia® Rewards points can be turned into a monetary donation to St. Jude as well. Expedia Rewards points-holders who wish to participate can do so here.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has treated children from all 50 states and countries around the world. It is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. And research findings from St. Jude are shared freely with doctors and scientists worldwide, so the good work that begins in Memphis, Tennessee, ends up helping children and families everywhere.

Yogurtland Shares Holiday Yogurt Joy with Yuletide Yumminess Promotion

Yogurtland just launched its third annual Yuletide Yumminess promotion, a holiday celebration that includes 12 delicious frozen yogurt flavors AND support for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Each week for six weeks, Yogurtland will offer two new distinctly holiday-inspired frozen yogurt flavors, for a total of 12 flavors spanning six weeks.

The 12 flavors of Yuletide Yumminess include Cinnamon Roll, Peanut Butter Cups, Egg Nog, Brownie Batter, Butterscotch, Strawberry Rhubarb Tart, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Amaretto Cookies, Black Forest Cake, Boysenberry Tart, Tiramisu and Gingerbread.

Frozen Soft Serve Yogurt

Guests will receive a Yuletide card to collect a stamp for each cup of yogurt purchased. After six stamps, the card can be redeemed for 12 ounces of free frozen yogurt through December.

For every completed card, Yogurtland will make a donation to Save the Children’s “Hurricane Sandy Children in Emergencies Fund.”  These funds will be used to replenish school supplies and rebuild day care centers damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

“At this time of year, we want to spread some joy by helping those in need and sharing great flavors that remind us of the best of the holiday season,” said Charlotte Lucich, director of marketing at Yogurtland.

Yogurtland aims to raise about $15,000 for Save the Children’s response efforts. Following disasters, Save the Children works to address the needs of children and families in need by providing essential supports such as food, blankets, diapers and hygiene supplies and remains to help communities rebuild through long-term recovery programs.

Known for its smooth and creamy taste, Yogurtland combines authentic flavors with real milk for a delicious treat that’s also good for you.  Naturally occurring calcium and vitamin D make Yogurtland yogurt a healthful, refreshing treat.

Fruit flavors are also fortified with vitamin C. Yogurtland yogurt also has six probiotics and the live and active yogurt cultures your body needs for a healthy balance.

Guests can choose from dozens of toppings including fresh fruit to finish off their frozen yogurt treat. Each day, Yogurtland hand cuts about 500 pineapples and more than 6,000 pounds of strawberries.

Other fruit options include bananas, blackberries, honeydew melon, kiwi, lychee, peaches and watermelon.

Popular toppings range from your favorite childhood breakfast cereals of Cap’n Crunch© and Fruity Pebbles© to grown-up tastes such as granola, carob chips, yogurt chips, and coconut flakes and chocolaty favorites such as Hershey’s Heath Bar© and more.

Why not help a worthy cause when enjoying yogurt this holiday season? Win/win!

Startup Makes Charity Social

As back-to-school season approaches, tech startup SpareFoot is looking out for students in need with a new social charity campaign. Trading Facebook shares and Tweets for donations, Supply Memories benefits a school supply drive for Communities In Schools of Central Texas, a nonprofit focused on dropout-prevention.

“We launched this company while I was still in school myself,” said Chuck Gordon, Founder and CEO of Austin-based self-storage finder SpareFoot. “Our goal with Supply Memories is to give other students a similar opportunity to succeed, no matter their circumstances.”

The interactive pay-it-forward model invites social media users to reveal what memento they’ve “stored” since grade school, cueing SpareFoot to make a donation on their behalf. Sharing a memory through Facebook and Twitter portals – adorably designed in a hand-drawn style reminiscent of Napoleon Dynamite – gives at-risk students the supplies they need to make their own memories.

SpareFoot Social Media Initiative For every memory shared, SpareFoot will donate $3 worth of basic school supplies for one student. Each kit includes a notebook, pens, pencils, paper, an eraser, and the symbol of SpareFoot’s brand— a ruler.

“We are excited to forge a partnership with innovative startup company, SpareFoot,” said John Duck, Director of Community Partnerships at Communities In Schools of Central Texas. “They understood that students need to arrive to school properly equipped in order to succeed, and developed a unique social media campaign to accomplish that goal.”

A philanthropic-minded business, SpareFoot has previously worked with nonprofit organizations including Kure It Cancer Research, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60, Shriner’s Hospital For Children, and ColorCancer Texas.

To participate on Facebook, visit facebook.com/sparefoot. To participate on Twitter or to learn more about Supply Memories, visit supplymemories.com.

Travel for Good with The Good Night Foundation

The Good Night Foundation

The holiday season is the perfect time to think about natural ways to give back. The Good Night Foundation is a non-profit organization that partners with leading hoteliers to raise money to support local and global programs. Since the organization began in 2008, The Good Night Foundation has raised over $367,000.

How it Works

At partner hotels, a $3 charitable donation is added to each guest’s nightly charge. The Good Night Foundation addresses global challenges by funding programs focused on health, education, poverty alleviation and the environment. Furthermore, 50% of The Good Night Foundation’s proceeds remain in the community in which they were collected, supporting an organization selected by the hotel staff, allowing guests to be sure their contributions benefit each community they visit. Guests who do not wish to participate may opt out by contacting their hotel front desk.

Participating Hotels

Stay at these partner hotels to have funds from your stay go toward worthy causes:

If you’re interested in becoming a partner hotel, visit the website for contact information. There is no cost to participate, and it’s a great way to aid worthy cause and create positive  buzz about your property.

Donate a Flu Shot Via Social Media

Ramon DeLeon, a popular social media figure via his sweet and human approach on behalf of Dominos, checked into Walgreens yesterday.

His checkin included a note and photo relaying that with every Foursquare or Facebook places checkin, a Walgreens flu shot voucher will be donated to someone in need through their Way to Well program.

The Walgreens Way to Well Commitment is focused on improving peoples’ everyday health through the prevention and early detection of today’s leading diseases — heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

They’re working with some of the nation’s top health organizations – - American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, American Diabetes Association, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation — to help reduce the incidences of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

This social media initiative is an awesome way for people to help those in need with very little effort.

It also demonstrates good will from Walgreens, in addition to being a wise marketing tactic — if people are going to get a flu shot (somewhere), they may feel more inclined to go to Walgreens so that they may be able to help someone else get one as well.

Have you gotten your flu shot yet?