Holland America Line Hosts 21st Annual South Florida Business Leaders’ Luncheon for Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades

Holland America Line hosted the 21st annual South Florida Business Leaders’ Luncheon for the Seafarers’ House aboard ms Zuiderdam Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford was in attendance to celebrate the long-standing partnership with the local organization that supports seafarers coming into Port Everglades, Florida. During the event, Seafarers’ House honored Bob L. Moss, the 2016 Business Leader of the Year.

“The crew are the heart of our cruise experience, and Seafarers’ House continues to offer them exceptional support when our ships are at Port Everglades,” said Ashford. “Seafarers’ House makes an incredible impact on our crew members, giving them a home away from home, somewhere to turn for guidance and a place to relax; and we are a proud community partner today and every day.”

Honoree Moss is chairman and CEO of Moss & Associates, a construction firm that has been responsible for award-winning projects across the United States such as several Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In South Florida his work includes Marlins Park and Nova Southeastern University’s Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center.

“We appreciate the relationship that we have built with Holland America Line over the years, and we are grateful that our partnership allows us to continue providing services to so many deserving crew members,” said Lesley Warrick, executive director of Seafarers’ House. “Our annual luncheon onboard a Holland America Line ship is a highlight of the year. Many thanks to Holland America Line for another fantastic event and for its generous cruise donation that we raffled off to raise funds.

“All of us at Seafarers’ House were especially excited at this year’s luncheon because we were able to recognize our friends from Holland America Line for more than two decades of support and $1 million raised during that time. We cannot begin to express our profound appreciation for the company’s care for our mission and the crewmembers we serve.”

Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades is a multifaith cooperation that is open throughout the year as a safe, friendly place where mariners can connect with their families, relax or get emergency assistance if needed. Seafarers’ House offers many services including low-cost international phone calls, free transportation, internet access and counseling services, and also provides recreational facilities.

Seafarers’ House hosts as many as 150,000 visits annually by cruise and cargo ship crewmembers. For additional information, visit seafarershouse.org.

About Holland America Line’s Charitable Giving
Each year, Holland America Line hosts more than 25 shipboard charity luncheons for nearly 5,000 guests in its home port 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.

(Holland America Line)