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Holland America Line Hosts Fundraiser Luncheon for Symphony of the Americas Aboard ms Nieuw Amsterdam

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Seattle, Wash., April 2, 2013 — Holland America Line recently hosted a fundraiser luncheon in Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale aboard ms Nieuw Amsterdam for Symphony of the Americas, one of the company’s community partners in South Florida, raising nearly $15,000. During the event held last month, Symphony of the Americas guest artists provided musical entertainment for attendees.

“Symphony of the Americas is grateful for the support by Holland America Line,” said Renee LaBonte, executive director, Symphony of the Americas. “Thanks to the generosity of Holland America Line for hosting this lovely lunch, we are able to generate additional support to bring the experience of music to young and adult alike in Broward County.”

Symphony of the Americas is the professional orchestra of Broward County in South Florida. Founded in 1987, the orchestra has experienced continuous growth, bringing the best of classical music to the multi-cultural population of South Florida. The Symphony has presented its International Guest Artist Series in its performance home at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts since 1991.

The Symphony is dedicated to improving the lives of children through the magic of musical investigations, both in South Florida and the Americas. Young children and families learn about musical instruments in programs such as “Patriotic Portrait,” “Peanut Butter ‘N Jamboree” and the “Jack O Lantern JamBoree” family concerts.

The Symphony is proud of its partnerships to expose young at-risk students to the arts, architecture and environment, as exemplified by its continuing programs with the Bonnet House. Learning experiences such as instrument workshops and open rehearsals for school age and older students, and master classes with international guest artists, offer a wide range of experiences to stretch growing minds and senses. Symphony educational and outreach programs have reach more than 35,000 people.

Each 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.

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