SOURCE: The Peabody Orlando

May 04, 2005 15:52 ET

Mother's Day "Freedom Calls" to Loved Ones Serving in Iraq, at The Peabody Orlando

Media Alert: Mother's Day/Iraq Photo Opportunity

ORLANDO, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 4, 2005 -- This Mother's Day, May 8, 2005, some Florida Moms will be brought closer to their children serving the US military in Iraq. And, Moms serving the US military in Iraq will be able to see and chat with their children back home in Florida. All thanks to the organization, Freedom Calls Foundation and Tandberg.

Families from Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and the Central Florida area, will converge on the luxurious International Drive landmark hotel, The Peabody Orlando, for a live video hook-up with their loved ones in Iraq. "The owners, management and staff of The Peabody Orlando are honored to have this opportunity to bring military Moms and their children closer on this day of days for Moms everywhere," said Alan C. Villaverde, the Peabody's vice president and general manager.

"We are extremely proud that an organization such as The Peabody Orlando would open their doors and hearts to military families to connect with their loved ones," said Ed Bukstel, Co-Founder Freedom Calls Foundation.

Families who would like to connect with deployed loved ones at Camp Fallujah, Al Asad or Camp Taji, should immediately contact the Freedom Calls Foundation at ebukstel@freedomcalls.org

WHEN:

Sunday, May 8, 2005 - Mother's Day

TIME:

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

WHAT:

"Freedom Calls" Live video hook-up from The Peabody Orlando for Florida Moms and families with their loved ones serving in the military in Iraq.

WHERE:

The Peabody Orlando, 9801 International Drive, Orlando, FL. 32819 Tel. 407-352-4000.

SCHEDULE:

Families arrive at 7:30 pm and gather in the hotel's Bayhill Suites, #1 & #2 on the Mezzanine Level. Individual sessions start at 8:00 am. Each family will be brought to a Peabody Suite, for their personal, live video hook-up with Iraq.

CONTACT:

MaureenBrigid Gonzalez, director of public relations, will be available in the Bayhill Suites from 7:30 am through 4:30 pm on Mother's Day.

The Peabody Orlando is a four-star, four-diamond property of Peabody Hotels within the portfolio of Peabody Hotel Group, of Memphis, Tennessee, and is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

ABOUT FREEDOM CALLS FOUNDATION:

The Freedom Calls Foundation is a 501c3 Public Charity providing a communications network dedicated to providing VoIP, Video, Internet, and teleconferencing for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to communicate with their families and loved ones at home 24 hours per day, free of charge. The Freedom Calls Foundation is a proud member of America Supports You and is dependent upon the support and generosity of corporations and the American people. The network currently supports over nearly 1500 soldiers every day and has received a Commendation from the Army for its services to the soldiers and their families. The Freedom Calls Foundation is authorized by the Secretary of the Army to provide communications services to the troops and their families. www.freedomcalls.org

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