Earlier this past week, Holland America Line hosted a celebratory luncheon aboard ms Westerdam at the Port of Seattle in honor of the American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday. Along with the luncheon, attendees were invited to a presentation in the ship’s lounge by Holland America Line and American Cancer Society executives, followed by a ship tour.
“We were honored to host this milestone luncheon for the American Cancer Society,” said Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line. “Having entered into a more comprehensive partnership with the American Cancer Society this year, we’re proud to support an organization that touches so many lives around the world.”
Stein Kruse is a member of the American Cancer Society’s “CEOs Against Cancer” program and the line raises funds through its “On Deck for a Cause” shipboard giving program, which benefits six international cancer organizations. On Deck for a Cause invites guests to participate in a non competitive 5k fundraising walk on every sailing aboard each of the line’s 15 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).
“We thank Holland America Line for supporting our organization and generously hosting this celebration lunch,” said Chuck DeGooyer, executive vice president of the American Cancer Society. “Thanks to the generosity of companies like Holland America Line and partnerships like ‘On Deck for a Cause,’ together we are creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”
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.
Header photo: Mike Faust. Press release: Holland America Line.