All aboard: Cap­tain Richard Phillips to be hon­ored at Sea­far­ers’ House gala

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On April 26, Sea­far­ers’ House will cel­e­brate its 25th an­niver­sary at the “2014 Golden Com­pass Gala.” This year’s Golden Com­pass hon­oree is in­ter­na­tional sea­far­ing hero Cap­tain Richard Phillips.

Sea­far­ers’ House is a multi-faith min­istry pro­vid­ing ser­vices to sea­far­ing men and women at Port Ever­glades. The “Golden Com­pass” gala will take place at the Westin Re­sort & Spa in Fort Laud­erdale.

Cap­tain Richard Phillips achieved in­ter­na­tional ac­claim in 2009, when So­mali pi­rates hi­jacked his ship. Af­ter a five-day stand­off, Phillips and his crew were freed. He wrote a book about the ex­pe­ri­ence, “A Cap­tain’s Duty: So­mali Pi­rates, Navy SEALs, and Dan­ger­ous Days at Sea,” which was re­cently turned into an Os­carnom­i­nated film star­ring Tom Hanks.

“We are be­yond thrilled to honor Cap­tain Phillips in con­junc­tion with our cel­e­bra­tion of our 25th an­niver­sary,” said Sea­far­ers’ House ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Les­ley War­rick. “The story of Cap­tain Phillips has done much to draw into the lime­light the al­ways fast-paced and of­ten chal­leng­ing life of mer­chant mariners who do so much to keep global com­merce and in­ter­na­tional aid mov­ing. Sea­far­ers move 90 per­cent of the world’s com­merce and are very rarely rec­og­nized for the hard work and of­ten-dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances of their pro­fes­sion. We’re look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing Cap­tain Phillips achieve­ments, as well as a suc­cess­ful 25 years of ser­vice to the mar­itime com­mu­nity.”

The gala will be­gin at 6 p.m. with a cock­tail re­cep­tion and silent auc­tion, fea­tur­ing wines, art­work, cruises and more. Din­ner and dancing will fol­low at 8 p.m., and the fes­tiv­i­ties will cul­mi­nate with the Golden Com­pass pre­sen­ta­tion and Cap­tain Phillips’ re­marks. More than 400 guests are ex­pected to at­tend.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.sea­far­ershouse.org/events.

Sea­far­ers’ House is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, lo­cated at Port Ever­glades, that pro­vides prac­ti­cal care and multi-faith pas­toral ser­vices to mariners. Of­fer­ing pas­toral coun­sel­ing, re­li­gious ser­vices, lo­cal trans­porta­tion, ac­cess to com­mu­ni­ca­tions, emer­gency ser­vices and a con­ve­nience store, Sea­far­ers’ House has helped vis­it­ing mariners since 1989.

Cap­tain Eu­gene F. Sweeney, left, and Clif­ford Berry

Daniel Gola, left, and Beth Masino

Cap­tain Richard Phillips (photo by Brent Har­rewyn)

Les­ley War­rick, left, and Fa­ther Ron Perkins

Lisa Duke, left, Mau­reen Or­tis and Lynne McGrath

Betty Ann Ro­gacki, left, Jane Sweeney and Ann Bur­ris

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