Holland America Line Receives Community Impact Award From Seattle Business Magazine

Seattle, Wash., Nov. 12, 2015 — Each year in its headquarters city of Seattle, Washington, Holland America Line contributes to many local non-profit organizations through sponsorships, board participation and employee volunteerism.

Seattle’s Hometown Cruise Line honored for work supporting community events, non-profits and fundraising activities

The company also supports a wide-range of non-profits and philanthropic efforts throughout the United States and around the world where its premium cruise ships sail. Seattle Business Magazine recently recognized the cruise line’s philanthropic efforts with a Community Impact Award.

Orlando Ashford, President of Holland America Line
Orlando Ashford, President of Holland America Line

“Holland America Line is proud to be recognized for the work that we do to create a better future in Seattle and around the world,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “We provide donations, host luncheons, aid those in need and raise funds for worthy organizations because we are committed to making a difference in the communities where we live, work and sail. We truly appreciate being honored for our efforts.”

Community Giving Awards and Accolades Recognize Efforts

In October, Seattle Business Magazine presented Holland America Line with a Community Impact Award for “Business of the Year: Large Companies.” The awards are given to the region’s most influential leaders who are committed to making the local community a better place for their employees and business operations.

Earlier this year, Holland America Line received several honors for its corporate giving including the Live United Sparkie Award from United Way of King County, Washington, for its enthusiastic and innovative community work related to the annual United Way fundraising campaign. The Puget Sound Business Journal ranked Holland America Line in its Top 25 Large Corporate Philanthropists list and Komen Puget Sound also honored Holland America Line at its annual Grace Notes Gala.

Events and Sponsorships Help Raise Funds
Holland America Line supports community giving year round. The cruise line launched a fundraising campaign with United Way in September featuring a Seattle sports theme that paid homage to local teams and included special guest mascot appearances by the Seattle Seahawks Blitz, Mariner Moose and Seattle Storm Doppler. Employees participated in Food Truck Thursdays, a Day of Caring volunteer project and fundraising raffle that raised more than $110,000 for United Way.

During the Seattle Mariners home game at Safeco Field Oct. 2, Holland America Line presented a $25,000 check for Uncompensated Care to Seattle Children’s Hospital. The donation was part of the company’s partnership with the Seattle Mariners and their “K’s for Kids” program for the 2015 baseball season.

Shipboard Fundraising Luncheons Support Local Partners
Each year Holland America Line hosts more than 25 shipboard charity luncheons for nearly 5,000 guests in its homeport cities in the United States and internationally. In Seattle, the company hosted guests from organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Catholic Seafarers’ Center, Auction of Washington Wines, Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus, Seattle Theatre Group, and Komen Puget Sound luncheon for breast cancer survivors.

Combined with shipboard lunch events in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; San Diego, California; and Vancouver, British Columbia, the ships welcomed 4,000 attendees and raised nearly $50,000 for a variety of nonprofit community organizations with these luncheons.

Disaster Giving and Relief Help Global Citizens
In April, during a call at Port-Villa, Vanuatu, in the South Pacific, ms Oosterdam delivered much-needed supplies to the island, which was ravaged by Cyclone Pam in March. Not only did Oosterdam collect cash donations and supplies from guests and crew, it also carried essential goods on behalf of Save the Pacific Foundation. The organization needed a way to get supplies to Vanuatu from Sydney, so it coordinated the relief effort with Carnival Australia and Holland America Line. Oosterdam was making a scheduled call — the only ship departing from Sydney and calling at Vanuatu in the next two months — and was able to carry the supplies to the island.

Additionally, Holland America Line provided cash support for relief efforts in Nepal in the wake of April’s devastating earthquake to support on-the-ground teams distributing emergency supplies and aiding rebuilding efforts in the most affected areas.

Giving Is Part of Holland America Line’s Culture
In addition to the luncheons and events, Holland America Line and its corporate foundation’s year-round charitable-giving programs include 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.

Holland America Line’s successful “On Deck for a Cause” shipboard fundraising program benefits six international cancer organizations located in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom. To date, more than 300,000 guests have participated in noncompetitive 5k fundraising walks on Holland America Line cruises worldwide, helping to raise $4.5 million dollars for cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs.

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Liam Cusack

Liam P. Cusack is the Managing Editor of Cruise & Travel Report (www.cruiseandtravelreport.com), a publication dedicated to providing travelers the same news that industry insiders receive. A self-described “travel nerd”, Liam is an Ocean Liner and Cruise Industry historian who has traveled to more than 60 countries, every US state and sailed on more than 60 cruises. After nearly two decades as an award-winning political journalist and investigative reporter at a major NYC daily newspaper, he decided to dedicate his career to helping avid travelers, like himself, be more well-informed. With Cruise & Travel Report, Liam strives to provide news and tips to make every vacation a dream vacation.