NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Cruise Lines International Association hosted a lunch Sunday, November 18, to benefit the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association (PAPBA) Widow's and Children's Fund, in partnership with The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF). CICF donated $25,000 to the Fund.
The benefit took place aboard the Norwegian Jewel, with Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Kevin Sheehan introducing CLIA President and CEO Christine Duffy. Rep. Peter King, R-NY; Paul Nunziato, President of PAPBA; Michael Fedorko, Superintendent of the Port Authority Police; members of the PAPBA Board of Directors; the PAPBA Pipe and Drums Band and Honor Guard; 11 Port Authority officers, and 70 family members were also in attendance.
Duffy introduced PAPBA, and thanked all its members and their families for their service and sacrifice, saying, "The cruise industry works closely with the Port Authority Police each day as their officers help ensure the safety and security of our passengers, crew, and ships as they patrol the numerous ports in New York and New Jersey, as well as JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports, through which many of our cruise passengers travel. Thank you to PAPBA, to the Widow's and Children's Fund, to the Port Authority Police of New York and New Jersey, and especially to their families. It is an honor to be able to recognize and support their service, sacrifice, and dedication to this community."
The Port Authority PBA Widow's and Children's Fund, a 501 (c)(3) charity, was incorporated on March 2, 2004 to provide and maintain bereavement benefits to aid and assist Port Authority Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Officers and their families in the immediate aftermath of an accidental injury or death.
The nonprofit Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF), founded in 1998, focuses its efforts on programs designed to strengthen and improve the quality of life in communities served by members of the Cruise Lines International Association. CICF supports civic and community development, educational assistance and training programs, and environmental preservation initiatives. More information is available at www.cruisefoundation.org.
CICF supporters are: American Cruise Lines, Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Hurtigruten, MSC Cruises, NCL America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Pearl Seas Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn Cruise Line, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea Cruises, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Windstar Cruises.
The nonprofit Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is North America's largest cruise industry organization. CLIA represents the interests of 26 member lines, 15,000 travel agents, and 120 executive partners before regulatory and legislative policy makers, supporting measures that foster a safe, secure and healthy cruise ship environment. CLIA is also engaged in travel agent training, research and marketing communications to promote the value and desirability of cruise vacations with thousands of travel agency and travel agent members across North America. For more information on CLIA, the cruise industry, and CLIA-member cruise lines and travel agencies, visit www.cruising.org. CLIA can also be followed on the Cruise Lines International Association's Facebook and Twitter fan pages, and CEO Christine Duffy can be followed @CLIACEO and cruising.org/ceoblog.
SOURCE Cruise Lines International Association