Charities selected for this year’s drive are Wounded Warriors Family Support, Alzheimer’s NYC and East Side House Settlement.

New York, NY (February 11, 2016) — Today, The Tzell and Protravel Foundation is publicly announcing that its annual charity drive is underway. Proceeds raised by Tzell Travel Group and Protravel International agents and employees, along with donations from the community, will support three exceptional 501(c)(3) organizations. The charities selected for 2016 were chosen by the Foundation’s Board of Directors and include: Wounded Warriors Family Support, Alzheimer’s NYC and East Side House Settlement.

“By combining forces for our annual charity drive, Tzell Travel Group and Protravel International are able to make an even larger impact on the communities we serve as we give back to three wonderful charities that do such important work,” said Tzell Travel Group CEO Barry Liben. “The genuine excitement in our organization surrounding the opportunity to raise significant funds and create a broader awareness for these organizations demonstrates just how committed we are to doing our part to make our communities better.”

“Our colleagues at Protravel International and Tzell Travel Group are the most benevolent group of individuals I have ever had the pleasure to work with,” said Patrick Fragale, President of Protravel International. “While we – as individuals, and as a company – have given back to myriad humanitarian efforts, Protravel is particularly proud to collaborate with Tzell in supporting these causes that have personal meaning to our agents and employees. Through our continuous efforts, we aspire to inspire others to give back to the community, make a change and help others.”

The mission statements from each charitable organization selected as beneficiaries of the 2016 Charity Drive include:

Wounded Warriors Family Support:
The mission of Wounded Warriors Family Support is to “provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations. The families of our casualties suffer in many ways: some financially, some psychologically.”

Alzheimer’s NYC:
The mission of Alzheimer’s NYC is to “provide compassionate care and life-saving support for the hundreds of thousands of families and individuals affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias.”

East Side Settlement House:
The mission of East Side Settlement House is to “enrich, supplement and enhance the public school system
and place college within reach of motivated students. They provide services to families in order that other family members may pursue their educational goals. They provide technology and career readiness training to enable students to improve their economic status and lead more fulfilling lives.”

In the past, The Foundation has donated to organizations such as: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, the Gary Sinise Foundation, Fisher House Foundation, Pancreatic Cancer Research and 4 Paws for Ability.

Those interested in contributing to The Tzell and Protravel Foundation annual charity drive may donate via


About Tzell Travel Group:

With annual sales exceeding $2 billion, Tzell Travel Group – as part of Travel Leaders Group – is currently ranked first among the nation’s largest corporate travel management companies, according to Business Travel News. Tzell maintains its headquarters in New York City and has offices in 20 states.

In everything it does, Tzell Travel Group places the highest priority on both its clients and its agents.  For the individual traveler, Tzell addresses value, convenience, comfort and safety, with its customized quality traveler services.  For the corporation, Tzell offers a broad product line of cost containment, meeting services and comprehensive travel management programs.

Tzell focuses on the needs of its agents by providing the best work environment possible and the strongest leadership and support team.  These elements combined with excellent air/hotel leisure programs create the ‘safe haven’ which is a hallmark of the Tzell brand.

About Protravel International LLC:

Protravel International LLC is a Travel Leaders Group company. Founded in 1984, Protravel International LLC is a full-service, dynamic travel company with an award-winning reputation. With annual sales reaching close to $1 billion, Protravel is headquartered in New York City and supports 20 locations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, plus a network of hosted agents in all corners of the U.S. Today, approximately 1,000 people make up the Protravel organization. Our expertise in destination, international faring and competitive products – coupled with our superior network of contacts in the airline, hotel, cruise and hospitality industry – makes Protravel one of the most powerful selling forces in the travel industry.

Protravel’s diversity of products, size of annual sales and nationally recognized stature permits them to leverage these strengths to bring the most competitive pricing and aggressive negotiations for our highly diverse client base. It is a company-wide commitment to search for the best possible travel options for our customers. Travel arrangements are personally tailored to take optimum advantage of the most up to the minute changes in the industry.

For many years, a dedicated team has guided Protravel with innovative ideas and skills. By incorporating the latest technologies and carefully monitoring industry developments, the finest products and highest levels of service are maintained. The continued success of Protravel is a testament to our sound operation and well-planned development.