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02/25/05 - 2nd Annual Hospitality for Habitat Pr


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Sara Brazer Brazer Communications (860) 355-5260 Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2nd ANNUAL “HOSPITALITY FOR HABITAT” PROGRAM Proceeds to benefit Maine Habitat projects Freeport, ME – February 25, 2005 – The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, announces its second annual “Hospitality for Habitat” program, designed to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity projects in Maine. “The offer is very simple,” states MEIA Executive Director Greg Dugal. “Between May 1 and 15, 2005, participating member properties are offering a designated number of their rooms at half the regular rate, in exchange for a $25 check payable to Habitat for Humanity.” This year, MEIA is working closely with six of Habitat’s affiliate groups in Maine, and all proceeds from this program will be used to fund their projects within the state. Last year, 64 MEIA properties participated, booking 73 room nights under the program, and generating more than $3,000 for Habitat for Humanity. “This year,” Dugal predicts, “we hope to double the participation and the donation!” Dugal continues “We’re very excited about this program. We see it as a marvelous fit — MEIA members provide lodging for the travelling public. Habitat for Humanity provides low-income families the opportunity to earn “lodging” — homes — they might not otherwise be able to afford. And the public gets to visit some of Maine’s very best properties at half the usual cost. It’s a great Mother’s Day gift, birthday or anniversary gift, a “thank you” to a special person, or just a nice Spring getaway. And this year, every dollar donated goes to help provide housing for a deserving family here in Maine.” Reservations must be made in advance, and the contribution to Habitat for Humanity must be in the form of a check. For a list of the participating properties, visit the Association’s web site and click on the “Hospitality for Habitat” logo. There are direct links to each property’s web site, for specific details on individual room availabilities, rates, and any restrictions or blackout dates. About Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. About the Maine Innkeepers Association The Maine Innkeepers Association, a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors, represents nearly 800 B&Bs, camps, cottages, hotels, inns, motels and resorts across Maine, and their suppliers. Through communication, education, promotion and government affairs, the Association helps its members achieve prosperity and deliver a quality product to the consumer. Maine Innkeepers Association is located in Freeport, ME and can also be found at ###

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