Corporate giving is part of the daily culture at Holland America Line. The company prides itself on doing its part to make a difference all over the world.
Throughout the year, Holland America Line hosts more than 25 shipboard charity luncheons for nearly 5,000 guests in its homeport cities. 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.
K’s for Kids Donation Program
Holland America Line announced their new “K’s for Kids” donation program with the Seattle Mariners in a pre-game ceremony at Safeco Field May 29. For every strike out recorded by a Mariners pitcher at Safeco Field through the end of the 2014 season, Holland America Line will make a donation to Seattle Children’s Uncompensated Care Fund, with a total commitment of $25,000.
For the past three years, Holland America Line has been a significant supporter of both the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Children’s, and the “K’s for Kids” partnership is the latest extension of this relationship. In addition to being the official sponsor of the suite deck at Safeco Field, Holland America Line presents the Mariners “Get Well Tour” where Mariners players and the Mariner Moose visit children and veterans in Northwest hospitals. The line also donates cruises for raffle prizes at the annual Mariners Fan Appreciation Night.
Supporting our Corporate Partners
Gerald Bernhoft, Holland America Line’s director mariner society, sent in these words and great photos from a recent event with one of Holland America Line’s community partners.
In May, Holland America Line sponsored the 18th annual Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus Gala Event. This year’s theme was “A Venetian Ball” which contributed to the incredibly festive evening! The annual gala event not only supports the chorus’s upcoming concert season but also assists in many other local outreach programs, in particular for LGBT youth. Many young people with nowhere to turn, without family members support have superior role models within the SMC and SWC.
Seattle Men’s Chorus, founded in 1979, which is also the largest gay men’s chorus in the world with over 350 singing members; and Seattle Women’s Chorus, which made its premiere on stage in 2002 and has quickly grown to over 300 singers. Flying House Productions is the home of these two nationally recognized choruses and cannot be considered as simply a local arts organization. In addition to the high level of performances it produces, Flying House Productions is also a “voice for acceptance” in the community and across the nation.
We are incredibly honored and proud to be one of this exceptional organizations main corporate sponsors! — Gerald
Community Partners Come Aboard
Nieuw Amsterdam’s Dutch Hotel Director Stan Kuppens sent in this post about the The Netherlands Association of South Florida’s recent visit.
This spring at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, The Netherlands Association of South Florida was once again welcomed onboard Holland America Line for their yearly Indonesian Rijsttafel event. This year the event took place on the beautiful Nieuw Amsterdam.
This event has been going on for many years. The first time we organized this several years ago, we had 79 Dutch Club Members visiting and During that year, 18 couples of the Dutch Club cruised on a Holland America Line ship. The year after we had more than 200 members showing up for our next Rijsttafel event, and so on.
This year we wanted to keep the event in the Tamarind Restaurant, as that area creates the best atmosphere for Indonesian Food. Therefore we allowed a maximum number of 140 members to participate, as that is the maximum capacity of the restaurant.
We were honored this year with the presence of the Consul-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami, the Deputy Consul-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami and the President of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Miami. Furthermore almost all members of the Board of the Netherlands Association of South Florida were present as well.
First the group was welcomed in the Queen’s Lounge. The Dutch Club had forwarded me more than hundred vacation pictures of members that had cruised on one of our ships in the last year. We had them playing as a slide show on the screens in the Queen’s Lounge when the members walked in. After entertainment by the cruise director and lead female vocalist, everybody made their way up to the Tamarind Restaurant for the Indonesian Rijsttafel. The staff presented a menu of Gado-Gado (a cold appetizer), Soto Ayam (Indonesian Chicken Soup), Rijsttafel as main course and Indonesian Dessert.
After lunch, there was still some time for a ship tour. Some of the children preferred to swim and had an enjoyable time in our swimming pool.
The ships also get involved in community giving. During a call at call Philipsburg, St. Maarten, in March, Prinsendam donated lounge chairs to the local St. Joseph Boy Scout chapter. The lounge chairs were offloaded from the bow using the the ship’s crane.
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