Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Holland America Hosts Luncheon for Seafair aboard ms Westerdam in Seattle

Seattle, Wash., June 18, 2013 — Holland America Line hosted a sponsor luncheon for Seafair, one of the company’s community partners, aboard ms Westerdam Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the Port of Seattle.

Following remarks by Seafair President and CEO Beth Knox, guests enjoyed a special luncheon in the main dining room. The event concluded with a presentation in the ship’s Vista Lounge by hydroplane racer and renowned sportsman Chip Hanauer, followed by a ship tour.

“Seafair is a wonderful tradition that reminds us of all the great things that Seattle is about,” said Richard Meadows, Holland America Line’s executive vice president of sales, marketing and guest programs. “Our city thrives because of organizations like Seafair Foundation and the positive affect it has in our community.”

“Having Holland America Line as a partner is an honor, especially given the role the company plays in our great city,” said Knox. "Holland America Line represents the epitome of excellence and we are grateful for this beautiful luncheon.”

The Seafair Foundation celebrates and rewards cultural diversity, education and community engagement in Greater Seattle. It was established to create and build opportunities for Seafair's Scholarship Program for Women, Ambassador Program, Holiday Cruise, Youth Education Program and the Seafair Sanctioned Community Events. As an extension of the Seafair Festival — Seattle’s annual summer festival, a month-long, region-wide event — the foundation has given Seafair an additional avenue to direct resources toward making a greater impact on the community. For more information, visit www.seafair.com.

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.

Source: Holland America Line