Pembroke Pines, FL (March 19, 2007) – On Wednesday, March 14th, 2007, at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, the much anticipated annual FCCA’s Gala Dinner & Entertainment Extravaganza commenced with a silent auction, where the art auction was once again sponsored by Park West Galleries. FCCA’s president, Michele M. Paige announced at the evening’s commencement that this was the Foundation’s most successful Gala yet, raising more than $200,000.00 with over 500 attendees. Carnival Corporation’s Vice Chairman and COO, Howard Frank thanked and welcomed the attendees on behalf of the FCCA’s Chairman and Chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation, Micky Arison.
The night was then followed with special recognitions and presentations to: the Event Sponsor: The Port of Miami; Official Art Sponsor: Park West Galleries; the Entertainment Sponsor: Port Everglades, the Department of Broward County and Platinum Sponsors: Eller ITO Stevadoring Co. LLC, Kongsberg Maritime Inc. and Operadora Aviomar - where such plaques were hand delivered to each sponsor’s table by Brazilian Tropicana Dancers.
The FCCA 12 Member Lines with their destination partners worked together to benefit the people of the destinations.
In the FCCA Foundation’s fourteen years of existence, with the support of organizations and the cruise industry, the FCCA Foundation has impacted the lives of thousands of Latin Americans and Caribbean citizens by providing over $3 million to worthy causes and charities.
The FCCA’s 13th Annual Gala Extravaganza finalized their night with a Brazilian Tropicana Dance and allowing their attendees to claim the items they had won whiling bidding at the Silent Auction.
The FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 18 Member Lines operating nearly 200 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American waters. Created in 1972, the FCCA’s mandate is to provide a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issue and to develop bilateral relationships with destinations’ private and public sectors. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors. For more information, visit F-CCA.com, the FCCA on Facebook, and @FCCAupdates on Twitter.