Community Giving: From Saving Eagles to the ALS #IceBucketChallenge
Submitted by: HAL Community Giving Team
Holland America Line recently donated medial supplies to the Sitka Raptor Center. Pictured are Wendy Seng from the center, Westerdam's Lead Medical Officer Nino Tijerina and HALi, a resident at the center.
An important part of the culture at Holland America Line is community giving. Whether it’s through the On Deck for a Cause shipboard fundraising program to support six international cancer organizations, making a donation of goods to a local school or orphanage around the world, volunteering time preparing meals during the holidays or getting doused in the famous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, volunteerism plays a vital role in the way Holland America Line operates. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Paul Gauguin Cruises challenged Holland America Line to take the ALS #IceBucketChallenge and we accepted! Holland America Group CEO Stein Kruse accepted the challenge on behalf of the company. The company is proud to join in the effort to raise awareness for this important cause and will be making a donation to the ALS Association. We extended the challenge to John Oppenheimer CEO of Columbia Hospitality, James Jiambalvo Dean of the Foster School of Business and Brad Tilden CEO of Alaska Airlines. Good luck! In addition to Stein, Holland America Line’s UK Sales Director Wendy Lahmich took the Ice Bucket Challenge on the roof of Carnival House in Southampton. In the video she’s joined by, from left, Dave Alexander, Sam Withers, Jessica Holding, Emma Stubbs, Katie Brickell, Nathan Emtage, Aaron Myers and Tom McIntyer – all from the HAL UK team! The shipboard staff got in on the action, too! On a sunny day at Flam, Norway, the team aboard ms Rotterdam took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise funds for the cause. Zuiderdam, below, took their Ice Bucket Challenge in beautiful Glacier Bay with Captain Willems, left in the video, and guests getting soaked for a good cause. Beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge and other unique fundraisers, Holland America Line hosts more than 25 shipboard charity luncheons for nearly 5,000 guests in its homeport cities. Here are some of the recent events held onboard this summer. Seattle Men’s Chorus & Seattle Women’s Chorus Westerdam recently hosted the Seattle Men’s Chorus & Seattle Women’s Chorus for their annual Director’s Circle luncheon, and Gerald Bernhoft, Holland America Line’s director Mariner Society and […]