|The Viking Cruises team supports Cruise Planners’ CEO, Michelle Fee on her journey as a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year candidate, and Cruise Planners COO, Vicky Garcia, who is also godmother of the Viking Magni. Photo credit: Julia Rose|
Vicky Garcia, COO of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel representative, was honored as godmother of a new Viking Cruises ship at a charity event that raised more than $20,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Garcia, co-owner of Cruise Planners served as godmother of the European longship, Viking Magni. The event was held at the Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale and was also a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).
|Michelle Fee, CEO of Cruise Planners and Woman of the Year candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, was supported by Viking Cruises and Cruise Planners COO Vicky Garcia on Wednesday night at the Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale. Photo credit: Julia Rose|
“I am honored Viking Cruises wanted to continue the godmother celebration in my hometown with my family and industry friends,” said Garcia, who christened the ship in Amsterdam last month. “Hosting last night’s spectacular event and encouraging us to raise money for our LLS campaign showcases Viking’s dedication to Cruise Planners and our mutual desire to help end cancer.”
Michelle Fee, CEO of Cruise Planners and Woman of the Year candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, was also honored. At the event, participants raised money for the South Florida chapter of LLS. Garcia serves on the LLS Board of Trustees and was named LLS Woman of the Year in 2012 where she raised $115,000 during the 10-week campaign.
To continue supporting LLS’s mission, Garcia nominated her best friend and Cruise Planners CEO, Michelle Fee, for LLS’s Woman of the Year 2014, with a mission to beat Garcia’s record. Cruise Planners is one of the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise networks.