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Humanitarian of the Year Gala


Award Recognizes Cruise Line’s Efforts to Protect and Improve the Communities Where it Operates

MIAMI, Feb. 26, 2018 – The Samuel M. & Helene Soref Jewish Community Center (JCC), a nonprofit organization serving South Florida since 1977, will honor Royal Caribbean International  with the Bill Keith Humanitarian of the Year Award at its 22nd annual gala to be held on Sunday, April 29 at Signature Grand in Davie.  The event recognizes Royal Caribbean’s efforts to protect and improve the communities and environments which it operates. These efforts include the cruise line’s hurricane relief efforts, its commitment to ocean conservation, education and local employee volunteering initiatives.

 “We are proud to be honoring Royal Caribbean for their community leadership efforts over many years.  Their corporate social responsibility initiatives are vast and they have made a huge impact on our communities.  This commitment on behalf of Royal Caribbean defines what excellent corporate citizenship is all about,” said Donald Graw, CEO, Soref JCC.

“I am filled with pride that Royal Caribbean is receiving this honor,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.  “We take great care to ensure we are supporting the communities where we live and operate, from our school in Haiti to our relief efforts during the unprecedented 2017 hurricane season – it’s what good neighbors do.

Proceeds from the gala will support the Soref JCC’s WECARE Food Pantry and Children’s Scholarship Program. This initiative provides free, non-perishable food to approximately 10,000 local residents annually. The scholarship program enables hundreds of children from less fortunate families, some with special needs, to attend the Soref JCC’s highly-regarded preschool, after school and summer camp programs. Over 15,000 individuals of diverse religious and racial backgrounds benefit each year.

 Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 49-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry “firsts” never before seen at sea. The cruise line features an expansive and unmatched array of features and amenities only found on Royal Caribbean, including jaw dropping, Broadway-style entertainment and industry-acclaimed programming that appeals to families and adventurous vacationers alike. Onboard, guests are catered to with the cruise line’s world-renowned friendly and engaging service by every staff and crew member. Royal Caribbean has been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 15 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards.