Orlando Ashford with Mariners Pitcher Felix Hernandez, Seattle Children’s patient Tristan Estep, and Seattle Children’s Hospital Director Eve Kopp.
Orlando Ashford with Mariners Pitcher Felix Hernandez, Seattle Children’s patient Tristan Estep, and Seattle Children’s Hospital Director Eve Kopp.

Today is National Philanthropy Day, and we’re proud to celebrate by recognizing a successful season of community giving in our homeport and headquarter city of Seattle. While the company’s giving goes beyond Seattle, during the Alaska season many of our efforts are concentrated in this area through sponsorships, board representation and employee volunteerism.

“Holland America Line is proud to be recognized for the work that we do to create a better future in Seattle and around the world,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “We provide donations, host luncheons, aid those in need and raise funds for worthy organizations because we are committed to making a difference in the communities where we live, work and sail. We truly appreciate being honored for our efforts.”

Community Giving Awards and Accolades Recognize Efforts
In October, Seattle Business Magazine presented Holland America Line with a Community Impact Award for “Business of the Year: Large Companies.” The awards are given to the region’s most influential leaders who are committed to making the local community a better place for their employees and business operations.

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Paul Goodwin, Holland America Group’s executive vice president, onboard revenue, port and shore operations, far left, accepts the award as Pamela Baade, manager, corporate giving; and Kelsey Gordon, corporate giving coordinator, look on.

Earlier this year, Holland America Line received several honors for its corporate giving including the Live United Sparkie Award from United Way of King County, Washington, for its enthusiastic and innovative community work related to the annual United Way fundraising campaign. The Puget Sound Business Journal ranked Holland America Line in its Top 75 Corporate Philanthropists list and Komen Puget Sound also honored Holland America Line at its annual Grace Notes Gala.

Events and Sponsorships Help Raise Funds
Community giving lasts throughout the year. Holland America Line launched a fundraising campaign with United Way in September featuring a Seattle sports tailgate theme that paid homage to local teams. Employees participated in Food Truck Thursdays, a Day of Caring volunteer project and bake sales.

During the Seattle Mariners home game at Safeco Field Oct. 2, Holland America Line presented a $25,000 check for Uncompensated Care to Seattle Children’s Hospital. The donation was part of the company’s partnership with the Seattle Mariners and their “K’s for Kids” program that debuted during the 2014 baseball season.

Ashford throwing out the first pitch.

Ashford throwing out the first pitch.

As part of the K’s for Kids program, Holland America Line is the presenting sponsor of the Seattle Mariners Get Well Tours, visits to area hospitals by Mariners players and the Mariner Moose where children receive photos and autographs.

Team members of the Seattle Mariners visiting children in the hospital.

Team members of the Seattle Mariners visiting children in the hospital.

Shipboard Fundraising Luncheons Support Local Partners
Each year Holland America Line hosts more than 25 shipboard charity luncheons for nearly 5,000 guests in its homeport cities. In Seattle, the company hosted eight events during the 2015 season for organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Catholic Seafarers’ Center, Auction of Washington Wines for an event that benefited Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus, the Seattle Theatre Group, and the Komen Puget Sound luncheon for breast cancer survivors and their co-survivors.

Combined with events in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; San Diego, California; and Vancouver, British Columbia, the ships welcomed 3,700 luncheon attendees and raised nearly $50,000 for a variety of nonprofit community organizations.

Holland America Line employees also attend local events to support the community. In September, the company was out in full force supporting Human Rights Campaign at their annual gala held at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. HRC is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

Holland America Line employees from left: John Peijs, director, marine hotel operations; Greg Crick, director, planning and administration account group services; Gerald Bernhoft, director, Mariner Society marketing; Seattle Mayor Ed Murray; Steve Kennevan; Michele Peijs, senior manager, career roadmap human resources; DJ Baker, manager, creative services marketing; and Pamela Baade, manager, corporate giving.

Holland America Line employees from left: John Peijs, director, marine hotel operations; Greg Crick, director, planning and administration account group services; Gerald Bernhoft, director, Mariner Society marketing; Seattle Mayor Ed Murray; attendee Steve Kennevan; Michele Peijs, senior manager, career roadmap human resources; DJ Baker, manager, creative services marketing; and Pamela Baade, manager, corporate giving.

Disaster Giving and Relief Helps Global Citizens
In April, during a call at Port-Villa, Vanuatu, in the South Pacific, ms Oosterdam delivered much-needed supplies to the island, which was ravaged by Cyclone Pam in March. Not only did Oosterdam collect donations totaling $13,150 and supplies from guests and crew, it also carried essential goods on behalf of Save the Pacific Foundation. The organization needed a way to get supplies to Vanuatu from Sydney, so it coordinated the relief effort with Carnival Australia and Holland America Line. Oosterdam was making a scheduled call — the only ship departing from Sydney and calling at Vanuatu in the next two months — and was able to carry the supplies to the island.

Additionally, Carnival Corporation teamed with several of its global cruise brands — including Holland America Line — to pledge $200,000 to relief efforts in Nepal in the wake of April’s devastating earthquake. Carnival Corporation worked through Mercy Corps, the Disaster Emergency Committee and Save the Children to support on-the-ground teams distributing emergency supplies and aiding rebuilding efforts targeting the most affected families in Kathmandu and surrounding areas.

Giving is Part of Holland America Line’s Culture
In addition to the luncheons and events, Holland America Line and its corporate foundation’s year-round charitable-giving programs include cash sponsorships, in-kind donations, free- and reduced-fare cruise donations for nonprofit fundraising events, donations of usable shipboard items around the world, employee volunteerism and other philanthropic activities.

Holland America Line’s successful “On Deck for a Cause” shipboard fundraising program benefits six international cancer organizations located in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom. To date, more than 300,000 guests have participated in noncompetitive 5k fundraising walks on Holland America Line cruises worldwide, helping to raise $4.5 million dollars for cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs.

Holland America Line's On Deck for a Cause benefits six international cancer organizations.
Holland America Line's On Deck for a Cause benefits six international cancer organizations.

In honor of World Cancer Day, Holland America Line is proud to announce that to date, the guests and employees of the company have raised more than $4.3 million for cancer support through “On Deck” programming that started in 2006. In fact, On Deck events have hosted more than 300,000 participants on over 3,500 walks! Currently the “On Deck for a Cause” funds benefit six international cancer organizations located in the United States, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Germany and United Kingdom.

On Deck for a Cause invites guests to participate in a noncompetitive 5k fundraising walk on every sailing aboard each of the line’s 15 ships, with proceeds distributed among the American Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Cancer Council Australia, Cancer Research UK, Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid) and KWF Kankerbestrijding (Dutch Cancer Society).

“Giving back is part of our corporate culture at Holland America Line, and On Deck for a Cause allows our guests and employees to join together for and make an impact for an important cause that touches us all,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “To have surpassed $4.3 million is a huge milestone for our On Deck program, and with fundraising walks happening every cruise – more than 500 cruises a year – we are looking forward to raising even more to help fight cancer.”

Guests of all ages are invited to donate $20 to the Holland America Line Foundation. On a day at sea, participants join in a 5k walk around the teak-lined decks that provide stunning 360-degree views of the ocean as guests circle the whole ship on the wrap-around promenade. Guests may walk less or not at all, as they prefer. Participants also receive an On Deck for a Cause T-shirt, wristband and a reception following the walk. Depending on the ship, the distance to reach 5k ranges from nine to 12 laps.

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Did you know that on Maasdam, Prinsendam, Ryndam, Statendam, Veendam and Zaandam it takes 12 laps to complete the walk. On Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Volendam the walk is 11 laps. And on Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Oosterdam, Westerdam and Zuiderdam it takes nine laps to complete the 5k.

In 2015, more than 500 On Deck for a Cause events will be held across the Holland America Line fleet, with walks taking place globally on cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South Pacific, Alaska’s Inside Passage, Mexico, Asia, the Baltic, Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and South America.

Guests enjoy walking around the deck while raising money for cancer.

Guests enjoy walking around the deck while raising money for cancer support.

Holland America Line Committed to Corporate Giving in Many Forms
Each year Holland America Line hosts more than 25 shipboard charity luncheons for nearly 5,000 guests in its homeport cities. In addition to the luncheons and events, Holland America Line and its corporate foundation’s charitable-giving programs include cash sponsorships, in-kind donations, free- and reduced-fare cruise donations for nonprofit fundraising events, donations of usable shipboard items around the world, employee volunteerism and other philanthropic activities.

Have you participated in an On Deck for a Cause walk? Send us your favorite photos to info@hollandamericablog.com and it might be featured on social media!

To-date, the line's "On Deck" programs have raised $4 million for cancer support.
To-date, the line's "On Deck" programs have raised $4 million for cancer support.

In honor of #GivingTuesday today, Holland America Line is announcing that its “On Deck for a Cause” shipboard giving program has raised $600,000 since its inception in 2013. The funds benefit six international cancer organizations located in the United States, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Germany and United Kingdom.

To date, Holland America Line has raised a total of $4 million through the combined efforts of On Deck for a Cause and the previous On Deck for a Cure shipboard giving program that raised funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure from April 2006 through February 2013.

On Deck for a Cause invites guests to participate in a noncompetitive 5k fundraising walk on every sailing aboard each of the line’s 15 ships, with proceeds distributed among the American Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Cancer Council Australia, Cancer Research UK, Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid) and KWF Kankerbestrijding (Dutch Cancer Society).

Guests of all ages are invited to donate $20 to the Holland America Line Foundation, with a minimum of 80 percent ($16) distributed to the organizations. The remaining 20 percent covers program and administrative expenses. On a day at sea, participants join in a 5k walk around the ship’s decks. Guests may walk less or not at all, as they prefer. Participants also receive an On Deck for a Cause T-shirt, wristband and a reception following the walk. Depending on the ship, the distance to reach 5k ranges from nine to 12 laps.

By the end of 2014, nearly 500 On Deck for a Cause events will have been held across the Holland America Line fleet, with walks taking place on cruises globally on cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South Pacific, Alaska’s Inside Passage, Mexico, Asia, the Baltic, Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and South America.

In addition to On Deck for a Cause, Holland America Line shoreside staff and shipboard officers, staff and crew participate in giving events throughout the year.

Fundraising for Cancer Information and Support Centre in Jakarta
By Hotel Director Henk Mensink

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While ms Amsterdam called at Tanjung Priok (Jakarta) this Grand Voyage, we collaborated with Wielly Wahyudin to welcome him and CISC onboard.

Wielly Wahyudin is one of the members of CISC, as well as our former Amsterdam shipboard colleague and our previous Crew Officer, who was forced to retire due to a sudden onset of cancer. Wielly now is a proud survivor and brought with him several other survivors to display and sell hand-made batik merchandise, also made by fellow cancer survivors. The proceeds of all sales totaled $1,500 and will benefit a CISC halfway house for cancer patients.

Westerdam Crew Helps Repair School Hit by Hurricane Odile
By Hotel Director Mark Pells

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In September, Hurricane Odile devastated the Mexican port city of Cabo San Lucas – a popular call on Holland America Line’s Mexican Riviera cruises. True to their resilient nature, residents in the area started rebuilding right away to be able to welcome back tourists and cruise ship guests.

Cruise lines were asked to donate what they could. However, officers and crew aboard ms Westerdam decided to take things one step further and use their manpower and resources to make a difference right away. They contacted the local tour operators from Tropical Tours and, together with the port agent, made plans to identify and help out those in need when Westerdam called at Cabo in October.

It was decided that the Amelia Wilkes Primary School, which also caters to special needs students, was the best fit. In a true example of “Team Together, Team Apart,” the Deck Department provided painting supplies and a private tender, the Technical Department collected money to replace lost courtyard awnings and the Hotel Department organized more than 60 volunteers to handle all of the labor. Onboard, support teams packed up sandwiches and refreshments to feed those who would be working in the 100-degree-plus weather.

Buses were arranged for the trip to the school, where the group found that several classrooms had been at least partially exposed to the elements. Everything, even the courtyard, was given a fresh coat of paint – with a few special touches from the Westerdam crew in the form of painted handprints: a creative way to show how honored crew were to lend a hand to the boys and girls from Cabo San Lucas.

Nieuw Amsterdam Crew Members Aid Refugees in Greece
By Hotel Director Marco van Belleghem

Hotel Director Marco van Belleghem, far left, and Assistant Housekeeper Savio DSilva, third from right, with a rescue worker and refugees in Mytilene.

Hotel Director Marco van Belleghem, far left, and Assistant Housekeeper Savio DSilva, third from right, with a rescue worker and refugees in Mytilene.

Crew members from ms Nieuw Amsterdam encountered hundreds of international refugees in the island city of Mytilene, Lesbos, off the coast of Greece when the ship docked there Oct. 9. Naturally they wanted to help, and so they organized a delivery of food and personal items to the island. Crew aboard Nieuw Amsterdam quickly rallied to provide sandwiches, fruit, drinks, blankets and towels for as many people as they could.

“The rescue worker was so appreciative, and we were glad we could do something for these people, who literally have nothing,” said Hotel Director Marco van Belleghem. “We see the situation in these countries on TV every day. But to witness it in real life and see these people who have fled their countries out of fear for their lives hits you hard and makes you realize we have a very good life.”

Holland America Line is honored to be a part of so many giving efforts and to celebrate #GivingTuesday.

Noordam brought Christmas to the kids of Curacao in partnership with the FCCA.
Noordam brought Christmas to the kids of Curacao in partnership with the FCCA.

The season of giving brings many opportunities to help others in need.

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Holland America Line has announced relief support details for the Philippines in the wake of the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.

A pledge of $1 million or more from Holland America Line’s parent company Carnival Corporation & plc, along with the Miami HEAT basketball team, will support relief efforts in communities affected by the disaster. More information is available here: http://bit.ly/1gHl20c.

Loyal cruisers and HAL fans who are interested in making a donation through Holland America Line to support the Philippines Relief effort can find more details here: http://bit.ly/17ni6gZ.

In addition to financial support, we are working closely with business colleagues in Manila — the capital of the Philippines — to gather and provide information to our crew, contact relatives and loved ones, and to support individual requests and situations as they develop.

The outpouring of support for the dedicated officers and crew of Holland America Line is greatly appreciated. As relief efforts take hold on a local and global scale, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our Filipino crew and officers, their loved ones and the entire country of the Philippines.

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Part of the Holland America Line culture is to be a good corporate citizen. The company is proud of the relationships built with organizations in the line’s homeports around the country and in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Each year, Holland America Line hosts more than 25 shipboard charity luncheons for nearly 5,000 guests. In addition, Holland America Line and its corporate foundation’s charitable-giving programs provide cash sponsorships, in-kind donations, free- and reduced-fare cruise donations for nonprofit fundraising events, donations of usable shipboard items around the world, employee volunteerism and other philanthropic activities.

Onboard each ship in the fleet, Holland America Line also features On Deck for a Cause, which invites guests to participate in a noncompetitive 5k fundraising walk on every sailing. Proceeds are distributed among the American Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Cancer Council Australia, Cancer Research UK, Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid) and KWF Kankerbestrijding (Dutch Cancer Society).

Recently, Felix Hernandez, Joe Saunders and the Mariner Moose from the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team spent time with kids at Seattle Children’s Hospital as part of the Mariners Care Get Well Tour, presented by Holland America Line.

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Thanks to Kelsey Differding, HAL’s corporate giving coordinator, for sending in this post.

On June 1, Holland America Line welcomed 200 guests aboard Westerdam for the annual Home From the Sea luncheon, a benefit for Seattle’s Catholic Seafarers’ Center (CSC). As part of the event, President and CEO Stein Kruse presented gifts to the Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain, archbishop of Seattle, and The Rev. Anthony “Tony” Haycock, Catholic port chaplain. The CSC presented Westerdam Captain John Scott with a donation of phone cards for Westerdam crew members.

The CSC also presented awards to Anna Roberts and Hunter Bloch, representatives from the First Avenue Starbucks, for their contributions and dedication to the center. Guests then enjoyed a wonderful four-course lunch and had an opportunity to tour the ship.

The Catholic Seafarers’ Center, which is located in Belltown, offers a place that seafarers of all nations and faiths can call home. The center provides an inviting environment for visiting crew members in Seattle to enjoy a variety of activities, make a phone call, use a computer or catch a shuttle ride to one of the city’s many shops or attractions. The center’s chaplain boards visiting ships and offers pastoral care, phone cards and hospitality to seafarers.

Stein Kruse (left) with the Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain.

Stein Kruse (left) with the Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain.

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From left: Erin Feller, American Cancer Society; Lisa Meindl, American Cancer Society; Dr. John Chevillet, American Cancer Society Research Grantee; David Rogers, American Cancer Society; Mary Beth Wressell, vice president of marketing communications for Holland America Line; Jonathan Hensley, Regence BlueShield of Washington; Chuck DeGooyer, American Cancer Society; Pamela Baade, manager of corporate giving for Holland America Line, and Mark Wright, KING 5 Morning News.

From left: Erin Feller, American Cancer Society; Lisa Meindl, American Cancer Society; Dr. John Chevillet, American Cancer Society Research Grantee; David Rogers, American Cancer Society; Mary Beth Wressell, vice president of marketing communications for Holland America Line; Jonathan Hensley, Regence BlueShield of Washington; Chuck DeGooyer, American Cancer Society; Pamela Baade, manager of corporate giving for Holland America Line, and Mark Wright, KING 5 Morning News.

This past weekend we hosted a celebratory luncheon aboard Westerdam at the Port of Seattle in honor of the American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday. The event was held with the Puget Sound chapter of the organization.

“We were honored to host this milestone luncheon for the American Cancer Society,” said Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line. “Having entered into a more comprehensive partnership with the American Cancer Society this year, we’re proud to support an organization that touches so many lives around the world.”

Kruse is a member of the American Cancer Society’s “CEOs Against Cancer” program, and we raise funds through our “On Deck for a Cause” shipboard giving program that benefits six international cancer organizations, including the American Cancer Society.

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