Special Olympics Maryland was able to make the 2017 Polar Bear Plunge, their largest fundraising event, a huge success, raising more than 2.5 million dollars in this single event. Carnival was present at the Polar Bear Plunge with Carnival Cruise Line’s Kathy Donnelly and travel agents forming Team Carnival during the corporate plunge. Carnival Corporation Regional Vice President Kirk Neal participated in the fun by plunging more than 24 times in 24 hours in the icy cold waters of the Chesapeake Bay!
Carnival Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami celebrated the grand opening of the new BBBS headquarters, the Carnival Center for Excellence. The center was made possible through a $5 million gift from Carnival Foundation, the largest corporate gift ever bestowed on the Miami chapter and the largest ever provided to any local affiliate chapter of the national nonprofit youth mentoring organization. In addition, the National Basketball Association’s Miami HEAT Charitable Fund donated a $350,000 state-of-the-art Miami HEAT Big Fitness Room to the facility to promote health and wellness to BBBS participants.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and news conference took place at the facility at 550 NW LeJeune Road in Miami. The event featured executives of Carnival, BBBS and the Miami HEAT as well as local elected officials and student essay contest scholarship winners, and tours of the facility.
Carnival Foundation and Carnival Cruise Line hosted their first Relay For Life benefiting American Cancer Society. Employees exceeded expectations after surpassing both company goals of $50,000 and $75,000. Carnival raised a total of $195,392.18 including a match from the Foundation of $75,000. The event was very well attended and brought employees from across the company together for a great cause.
As part of Carnival Cruise Line’s annual support of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, the company’s shoreside employees donated 500 toys and bikes that will be given to underprivileged children throughout South Florida.
In conjunction with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association, shipboard team members have been participating in a gift donation program at islands they call at. In addition to collecting toys, bikes and games, shipboard team members, like the ones on Carnival Liberty below, have been visiting orphanages and hosting shipboard luncheons for hundreds of children throughout the Caribbean this year.
Carnival Foundation sponsored a group of special kids battling cancer so they could attend the American Cancer Society’s R.O.C.K. Camp at Boggy Creek. The campers were sent off for their weeklong adventure in style with a special Hawaiian-themed breakfast at the Carnival headquarters. Carnival President and CEO Gerry Cahill and FunShip Freddy were on-hand to wish them well.
Carnival Foundation was a supporting partner of the Dolphins Cycling Challenge. Carnival Cruise Lines employees participated in the event that benefits the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Carnival team members participated in a chilly Polar Bear Plunge in Maryland benefiting the Special Olympics.
Ships throughout the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet participate in various events onboard to honor World Oceans Day every year in June.