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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Mamas4Mamas Fundraiser Tweetup in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama

While I am far from a "Mama," I can still support a good cause when the time calls for it. As it turns out, Shannon Lane, of TravelingMamas.com fame and a fellow board member for the Baton Rouge Social Media Club, and I share a birthday (August 20th).  As such, I have been invited to participate in the birthday bash to support Gulf Shores and Orange Beach post-oil spill tourism as well as all of the mama sea turtles that have been impacted by the disaster (hence the Mamas4Mamas Fundraiser).

If you are interested in joining me on the beach for my birthday weekend that will be full of Gulf Coast bites and boozes, please let me know ASAP!  You can also read the information below to find out how you can support the cause.  Attendance, donations, and everything else are all for a great cause, and you can count it as your birthday present to me!  Signing up for the tweet-up only consists of a $5 donation, so I'd say you're getting off pretty cheap!


Mamas4Mamas Fundraiser Tweetup in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama


August 20, 2010 – It’s CajunMama’s birthday and we’re taking it on the road and bringing some friends along. Please join TravelingMamas.com, ChicShopperChick.com, and BiteandBooze.com as we celebrate not only the birthdays of the three sites’ founders (@Cajun_Mama, @ErikaLehmann, and @BiteandBooze), but life along the Gulf Coast. We’re hosting a tweetup in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to encourage travel to this oil spill affected destination and to raise funds for non-profits who are suffering due to the strain this disaster has caused.

We would love for you to spend the entire weekend along Alabama’s Beaches and discover that there is so much more to this destination than just swimming in the Gulf waters. We invite you to experience the food, the attractions, and the sense of community. Visitors from all over the Gulf Coast region have already made plans to attend this gathering. We’ve put together options for everyone, no matter what their budget.

Full weekend – Check out hotel package deals for this weekend, including free night deals and extras at the Gulf Shores Deals page. You can fill a 3 bedroom condo with lots of friends and family, or you can choose to opt for a hotel room. The choices and price options are available for all budgets. Planned activities on Aug 20-22, but you can come early or stay later.

Tweetup – Maybe you live within driving distance or can’t make the full stay. Our tweetup at Live Bait at the Wharf offers plenty of room for everyone and even a few surprises. Your $5 ticket guarantees your celebration spot with us. The amount goes towards Share the Beach, an organzation who’s goal is to protect and assist the Mama Sea Turtles as they nest each season along the Gulf Coast beaches. This season has been even more of a challenge with oil spill cleanup crews and the oil in the water affecting their nesting habits. A portion of the funds will also go towards a Louisiana-based charity TBA. Date: Aug 20, 2010. Time: 5:30-8:00 PM Get tickets now!

Bonus: Tweetup attendees will be eligible for various travel-related door prizes from donors all along the Gulf Coast. Keep scrolling down to see the ever growing list of prizes from sponsors.

Donations – You may already have plans for August 20, but we still want you to be included. Heck, you may think $5 is too little to give and want to donate more to the cause. No worries! We’ve set up an option on our tweetup ticket purchase page for donations only. We hope you’ll make future plans to visit the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area to see just how your funds are being used.


Sponsors


Prizes
(some restrictions may apply)

5 Nights at The Beach Club Gulf Shores, Alabama

3 Nights at a Brett-Robinson Gulf Shores, Alabama Property

3 Nights at a Meyer Real Estate Gulf Shores, Alabama Property

FAQs

Why the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area? Aren’t you three from Louisiana?

Yes, all three of the various sites are based in Louisiana. We know first-hand how detrimental the loss of tourism income can affect not just a city, but an entire state. TravelingMamas.com has always had a focus on travel, so when our friends on Alabama’s Gulf Coast reached out to us for assistance, we answered the call. The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area economy depends solely on the tourism revenue generated each summer during their high season. When travelers cancelled their annual summer vacations, it really put this area in a stressful position.

Do I have to be on Twitter to attend this tweetup?

Not at all. Heck, you don’t even need to be on Facebook or any other social media site. We’re all about community, no matter what the background. You never know who you might bump in to. You may even see your old crush from high school or even a celebrity.

I’m not within driving distance but want to fly in. Which airport should I use?

Actually there are two airports within a 45 minute drive – Mobile, AL and Pensacola, FL. Both airports service major carriers and they also have rental car service.

Why is this event called Mamas 4 Mamas?

The sea turtles who nest in the Gulf Coast area are the original traveling mamas. Their life cycle is hatching, traveling the world, coming back to nest, and then traveling again. Since this site is TravelingMamas.com, we thought it would be an appropriate name for what we’re doing. If you tweet about this, please use the hashtag #Mamas4Mamas.

I’m with the media and want to cover this event. Who should I contact?

The Public Relations representative for this area is April Boone. Click her name and send her an email. This event has gotten to be a big deal and the media space is severely limited at this point.

Do you know of any hotels near the tweetup?

BeachfrontHoliday Inn Express Orange Beach

Hilton Garden Inn
Sleep Inn
Phoenix All Suites and Phoenix All Suites West

Off the Beach

Fairfield Inn
Holiday Inn Express
Staybridge Suites
Courtyard by Marriott
Microtel

I’m a business and would like to help sponsor the tweetup. Who should I contact?

If you are interested in helping sponsor this tweetup, please contact April Boone. As with the media, the sponsor spots are filling up fast. We’d love your support, but please don’t wait to long!

I’m a blogger, how can I help?

Feel free to take a copy of our logo up at the top and link back to this page. Anything else you’d like to do to promote, including tweeting, like us on facebook, make a donation, and even attend the weekend of good times will bring you good Karma above and beyond your wildest imaginings. Plus, it will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

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