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.