More than 500 community and business leaders joined United Way of Miami-Dade on Dec. 1-3, for a charity cruise aboard Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Reflection.
The two-night cruise raised more than $550,000 to support United Way’s work in education, financial stability and health. Charitable contributors had a unique, funfilled experience onboard the newest and largest addition to Celebrity Cruises’ luxury fleet, the fifth and final ship in its awardwinning Solstice Class series, before she made her South Florida debut.
Longtime United Way supporter, Lady Monica Heftler, served as the charity cruise’s honorary chair. Heftler hosted several receptions onboard, one of which encouraged guests to wear Live United Tshirts.
“I enjoy giving back to the community and supporting important causes,” Lady Monica Heftler, said. “The two-night cruise on Celebrity Reflection offered a meaningful way to support the good work of United Way while having a great time at sea, on a beautiful ship, with many good friends and community supporters.”
Among the highlights of the overnight cruise was the ship’s naming ceremony. Richard Fain, CEO and chairman of parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, honored four Celebrity Cruises employees instrumental in breast cancer awareness as the ship’s godmothers.
“We are so grateful to Celebrity Cruises for giving us this extraordinary opportunity aboard Celebrity Reflection. This is truly a gift,” said Harve A. Mogul, president and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade. “Over the years Celebrity Cruises’ unwavering support of our mission has had a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands of our residents and the community as a whole.”
In addition to the naming ceremony, guests aboard the charity cruise enjoyed around-the-clock entertainment, including receptions, theatrical performances and some of the most creative and innovative amenities afloat at sea.
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