|Holland America Line Hosts American Cancer Society’s ‘A Toast to Life’ Fundraiser Luncheon on board ms Amsterdam in Seattle|
Seattle, Wash., June 27, 2016 — At a recent
fundraising luncheon for Seattle's American Cancer Society chapter aboard ms
Amsterdam, Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford spoke about his
company's commitment to raising money that will save lives and help end cancer. The cruise line hosted the fundraiser Sunday,
June 12, at the Port of Seattle as a launch event for Hope Gala, an ASC black-tie
celebration, live auction and exclusive dining experience to be held in
September featuring Seattle chefs and local vintners.
Ashford shared with attendees that all guests aboard
every Holland America Line cruise can participate in a walk around the deck,
helping to support cancer research while taking in the view and enjoying the
ocean breeze. Through the line's longstanding "On Deck for a Cause" fundraising
initiative guests can join in the shipboard program benefitting six international
cancer organizations, including American
is a disease that affects practically everyone in some way, which makes our
partnership with an organization like the American Cancer Society all the more
significant," said Ashford. "Through our support with On Deck for a Cause and
by hosting these luncheons, we're able to make a greater impact that will
hopefully help eradicate the disease one day soon."
the onboard luncheon, attendees were invited to a presentation in the ship's
main show lounge and were able to tour the ship.
On Deck for a Cause invites guests to participate in a
noncompetitive 5k fundraising walk on all 500 sailings across the fleet of
Holland America Line's 14 ships, with proceeds 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).
Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health
organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. In
Washington state, ACS has offices in Seattle, Tacoma and Everett. Last year,
the ACS of Washington funded 24 of the best and brightest Washington
researchers (including the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer
Research Center) conducting groundbreaking cancer research. More than 12,800
Washington residents received assistance in 2015 and 3,793 received breast and
colon cancer screenings through ACS's CHANGE Grant program. For more
information, visit cancer.org.
you to Holland America Line for hosting the luncheon in such a beautiful
setting, and more importantly for being a wonderful partner in finding a cure
for cancer," said Sergey Smirnov, ACS senior manager, distinguished events.
"With the support of organizations like Holland America Line, we're able to
provide comfort to those affected by cancer and heighten awareness about the
disease as we work to find a cure."
addition, Holland American Line also sponsors the ACS Washington Invitational
Golf Tournament on July 18 at Broadmoor Golf Club, and the Seattle Hope Gala
that will be held Sept. 24 at Bell Harbor.
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
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 115-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 currently has a new 2,650-guest ship, ms
Koningsdam, delivered in April 2016, as well as a second Pinnacle Class
ship, ms Nieuw Statendam, due for
delivery in November 2018.