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