Ashford celebrated for his dedication
to helping individuals find their potential
Seattle, Wash., March 29, 2017
— Holland America Line's President Orlando Ashford was named the 2017
StreetWise Champion by StreetWise Partners at a 20th Anniversary Celebration
breakfast Tuesday, March 28. During the event at The Metropolitan
Club in New York City, Ashford was recognized for his commitment to working
with low-income individuals in underserved areas to develop their
workplace skills and realize their career potential.
breakfast event brought together 300 corporate executives, philanthropists and
community members who came to honor Ashford and share their commitment to
StreetWise's mission. Ashford previously served on the board of directors of StreetWise
Partners and is only the second StreetWise Champion honoree.
"Having served on the board of StreetWise Partners and witnessed the life-changing impact of the organization
firsthand, I am deeply honored to be named the 2017 StreetWise Champion," said
Ashford. "Travel opens up the world for
people to experience other cultures, but
there's still much to be done at home to help our fellow citizens stand on
their own two feet. Organizations like StreetWise Partners touch the core of
humanity and work to bridge this gap in society through support and
is the only stand-alone mentoring program in the country that focuses on
workforce development. StreetWise Partners' goal is to harness the mentoring
resources of the private sector to reduce unemployment within the low-income
communities of New York City and Washington, D.C.
Since 1997 the organization has served 3,000 mentees
through the support of 7,000 volunteers. StreetWise Partners pairs business
professionals with trainees who are unemployed to provide them the skills,
resources and access to networks they need to secure and maintain employment.
Annually the organization serves more than 300 trainees through the support of
1,000 volunteers and transitions graduates from a personal income of $7,000 to
to Orlando on being selected as our StreetWise Champion this year," said
StreetWise Partners Executive Director Shari Krull. "Since his time on the
board of directors, Orlando has been committed to our cause and is a true
champion of the work that we do, and no one is more deserving of this
mentoring model is unique in that it is structured, curriculum-driven and
outcome-focused. Each trainee is paired with one to two mentors for one year
who help them build confidence, gain skills and create strategies to secure a
job and remain employed. For more information about StreetWise Partners visit StreetWisePartners.org.
more information about Holland America Line, consult a travel professional,
call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.
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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and
plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers more than 500
cruises to more than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies
around the world. From shorter getaways to 113-day itineraries, the company's
cruises visit all seven continents with highlights including Antarctica
explorations, South America circumnavigations and exotic Australia/New Zealand
and Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the
Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Bermuda, Europe and the Panama
Canal. The line welcomed ms Koningsdam in 2016 and has a second Pinnacle
Class ship, ms Nieuw Statendam, to be delivered in November 2018.
A third Pinnacle Class ship, due for delivery in 2021, recently was announced.
The company is undergoing $300 million in brand enhancements to
secure its position as the leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature
innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on
destination immersion and personalized travel. Guests can expand their
knowledge through an exclusive partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine; during
an America's Test Kitchen show; at Explorations Café, powered by The New York
Times; and by taking a Digital Workshop powered by Windows. Outstanding
entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center Stage,
Billboard Onboard and B.B. King's Blues Club. The dining experience can be
savored at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature selections from
Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council that comprises world-famous
chefs who design dishes exclusively for our guests.
CONTACT: Sally Andrews, Holland Ameica Line
CONTACT: Morgan Blackburn, StreetWise Partners