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Cruise Foundation supports Hispanic community enhancement programs

Contact: Kayce Cherry, Associate Director, Charitable Programs
Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation,(703) 522-3160

Miami, Florida (November 12, 2004) – – As an industry known for creating lifetime memories for their passengers as well as economic opportunities for their major ports of call, the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) is pleased to announce that it provided a grant to support the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) and its Educational Outreach Programs.

At a luncheon ceremony, held aboard the Carnival Fascination on November 12th, CICF Chairman, James R. Border, presented a charitable donation to the CHLI Board of Directors. Special guests attending the luncheon included: CHLI Chairman, the Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart, the Honorable Mario Diaz-Balart, and other CHLI Board members. Additional special guests attending the luncheon included the CICF Board of Directors, cruise industry executives, as well as business and community leaders supportive of CHLI activities. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with CHLI and support its educational outreach programs.” said James R. Border, Chairman of the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation.

“The Port of Miami has been a home port of the cruise industry for over 30 years. As our industry expands its presence here, we will continue to support charitable programs designed to promote enhanced educational opportunities as well as community development.” “We are grateful for the generous support of the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation to further CHLI’s mission in providing unique educational and leadership opportunities for the Hispanic and Portuguese American communities. We applaud CICF’s leadership and commitment to community service,” said Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, CHLI Chairman.

Florida is ranked the top state in the nation benefiting from cruise industry activity. In 2003, cruise lines generated over $4.5 billion in expenditures and provided 130,750 jobs in the local community. Last year, almost 2 million passengers embarked on a cruise vacation from the Port of Miami, with the state of Florida accounting for 4.7 million passengers or two-thirds of all U.S. cruise embarkations.

CICF members include:
Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Lines N.V., Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line Limited, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, NCL America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Orient Lines, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Int'l., Seabourn Cruise Line, Windstar Cruises.

Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI)
Established in 2003, CHLI works to promote new and alternative approaches to challenges faced by the 40 million Hispanic and Portuguese Americans living in the United States today. Through educational partnerships, leadership programs, academic seminars and other events, CHLI will provide opportunities for discussion and exploration of strategic solutions for community challenges that in turn, benefit the nation as a whole.
Octavio A. Hinojosa Mier, Executive Director
The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, Inc. (CHLI)
1825 I Street N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: (202) 429-2033
Fax: (202) 429-9574
Email: ohinojosa@chli.org
Web: www.chli.org

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