Friday, August 9, 2013

Holland America Line Hosts Civic Groups at Luncheons


Seattle, Wash., Aug. 9, 2013 — Holland America Line hosted luncheons at the Port of Seattle Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, aboard ms Westerdam for Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus and Sunday, Aug. 4 on ms Oosterdam for the Seattle Theatre Group. The organizations are community partners of Holland America Line.

After the luncheon, guests of the Seattle Theatre Group were invited to a special musical production in Oosterdam’s main show lounge followed by a tour of the ship. Guests of the Seattle Men’s and Women’s choruses also were treated to a ship tour following lunch.

“We’re proud to support local organizations like the Seattle Theatre Group and Seattle Men’s and Women’s Choruses that do so much to enrich our community,” said Richard Meadows, Holland America Line’s executive vice president of sales, marketing and guest programs. “Our headquarters are in Seattle, and we are grateful to these organizations that work to enrich our region through arts and education.” 

“We are thankful to Holland America Line for hosting us onboard for this wonderful lunch,” said Frank Stilwagner, executive director of the Choruses. "We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our donors, and this incredible setting and delicious lunch show how much we appreciate our supporters."

Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus are two of the largest community choruses in America. Formed in 1979, Seattle Men’s Chorus is the largest gay men’s chorus in the world with more than 300 singing members. Seattle Women’s Chorus, which debuted in 2002, has quickly grown to over 200 singers.

Full-scale choral productions combine the region’s leading professional talents with nationally known guest artists to create events that attract more than 25,000 people to a five-concert series each season. To learn more, visit

“Seattle Theater Group's loyal subscribers make such a tremendous commitment to our organization, and it is an honor to have partners like Holland America who are willing and available to help us show our appreciation," said Tory Wimer-Contreras, Seattle Theatre Group’s director of patron services. "Holland America is a great supporter of arts and culture, and we're proud to collaborate with them whenever possible."   

Seattle Theatre Group is a nonprofit arts organization focused on diverse performing arts, education and community engagement, and historic theatre stewardship. The organization presents more than 400 shows annually at the historic Paramount, Moore and Neptune Theaters that range from Broadway, to live music concerts, and includes local arts. For more information about the Seattle Theatre Group, visit  

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