The season of giving brings many opportunities to help others in need.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Holland America Line has been a proud sponsor of the Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus since 2003. On Saturday May 11, the SMC had their annual black tie auction and dinner, and this year’s theme was “Springtime in Paris.”
The organization raises funds for local LGBT community programs, youth “It Gets Better” outreach project and a youth scholarship fund. Among those in attendance from Holland America Line were Christy Oakland, senior director reservations; Greg Crick, senior manager guest relations; Dee Keegan-Grant, executive assistant to Stein Kruse; Leon Gessula, senior director revenue management and myself. Company associates in attendance were Jeff Cacy, managing director airline marketing Boeing Corporation and Nancy Hollenbeck, co-owner Hollenbeck Productions. It was a smashing success and with the help of a 10-day Holland America Line cruise in the auction line-up, the evening’s goal fund target was raised!
On Earth Day, employees from Holland America Line, Seabourn and other Seattle-based cruise lines cleaned up Golden Gardens Park off the city’s beach. The event was hosted by Cruise Line International Association as part of their “Cruise Forward” initiative, in partnership with the volunteer organizers from Seattle Works, representatives from the Port of Seattle and staff from Seattle Parks and Recreation. In addition to Holland America Line and Seabourn, volunteers were drawn from locally based Windstar Cruises and Paul Gauguin Cruises.
Despite the hard work, everyone had a lot of fun! Read more about the event from our partners at CLIA by clicking here, and enjoy some photos from the day.
On Jan. 26, at Port of San Diego in California, HAL hosted a fundraiser luncheon aboard Zaandam for Vista Hill Foundation, one of the company’s community partners. Following the luncheon in the ship’s main dining room, guests were invited to tour the ship. Vista Hill is a nonprofit organization that focuses on mental illness, substance abuse and developmental disabilities for people of all ages. Vista Hill programs currently provide services to nearly 6,000 families annually at numerous sites throughout San Diego County.
Their major programs include the Stein Education Center, serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges; the ParentCare Family Recovery Center, assisting mothers with substance abuse problems and their children; and the Learning Assistance Center, providing school-based mental health treatment to students in numerous north inland area school districts. Vista Hill’s Community Services division provides a variety of early intervention services to troubled youth and families throughout San Diego, many of which are free of charge to participants.