Well the Spring ’09 Girls Fight Back Tour is officially over, and it was quite a wild ride. It usually takes me a week to settle back home, digest my travels and write about them. A full tour re-cap and photo gallery is coming soon, but for now I wanted to thank the 3 stellar tour sponsors.
STA Travel, the world’s largest student and youth travel agency, prides itself on getting student travelers the best prices. They are constantly working with partners around the globe to get students, teachers, & anyone under 26 the cheapest, most flexible flights and top rated accommodations. STA gave a $100 coupon off a summer vacation to anyone who attended a GFB seminar during this tour – how cool is that? An extra special thanks to Carly Mills, Patrick Evans and Olivia Wong who helped make this tour a huge success.
Alpha Phi International Fraternity is a membership organization dedicated to promoting sisterhood, cultivating leadership, encouraging intellectual curiosity and advocating service. Alpha Phi develops character for a lifetime. OK, that’s their mission statement from their website, but I can say from personal experience that it’s actually true. I first met Shannon McNamara in the chapter room of Alpha Phi at Eastern Illinois University, and both our fates were sealed as sisters more than friends. In the aftermath of her murder, Alpha Phi quickly supported my efforts to start Girls Fight Back and they haven’t stopped since. A special thanks to Arden Schuman & Denise Reens for keeping the belief that we’re all worth fighting for.
The Century Council was founded 1991 and funded by distillers. They are a national, independent, not-for-profit organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia and are on a crusade to fight drunk driving and stop underage drinking. They were especially supportive of the Stayin’ Alive on Spring Break programs I gave this tour, since these are the weeks that binge drinking and accidents soar. An extra big thank you to Leah Patten for her belief that we can educate young people to make smart decisions about alcohol and safety.