… 17th Annual Human Rights Campaign National Gala Dinner

Travel Agent Partners posing / Photo © Cunard Line

Travel Agent Partners posing / Photo © Cunard Line

Photo: Travel Agents posing with a Cunard White Star Service Bellman at the 17th Annual Human Rights Campaign National Gala Dinner in Washington, D.C., on 5 October were (left to right) Brenda Hunsberger and Patti Boote, AAA Midatlantic; and (far right) Bob Rose, Cruise Holidays of Alexandria, with his guest (second right) David Johnson.

Transatlantic crossing aboard Queen Mary 2 / Photo © Cunard Line

Transatlantic crossing aboard Queen Mary 2 / Photo © Cunard Line

Photo: Cunard Line’s Transatlantic Crossing aboard flagship Queen Mary 2 was a featured live auction item up for bid during Human Rights Campaign’s 17th Annual National Gala Dinner in Washington, D.C., on 5 October

Cunard Line Travel Agent partners stepped out in style and joined more than 3,000 of the top figures in politics and entertainment at the 17th Annual Human Rights Campaign (HRC) National Gala Dinner in Washington, D.C., this past weekend. Joining the evening were Brenda Hunsberger and Patti Boote of AAA Midatlantic, and Bob Rose of Cruise Holidays of Alexandria and his guest, David Johnson.

Cunard Line has been a Bronze National Sponsor of HRC for the third consecutive year, making it possible for the evening’s attendees to bid in a live fund-raising auction for the chance to sail a Transatlantic Crossing aboard flagship Queen Mary 2. To date, Cunard cruise donations have raised more than $100,000 for HRC.

The annual black-tie event, hosted by the largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender advocacy group in America, was held at the convention center in Washington, D.C. Among the celebrities and dignitaries in attendance were actress and singer Jennifer Lopez, who was honored with HRC’s 2013 National Ally for Equality Award; and singer Sara Bareilles, who performed at the dinner. In addition, President Barack Obama delivered a surprise keynote address via live stream in place of Vice President Joe Biden, who was unable to attend due to the government shutdown.

“Cunard Line has been a wonderful supporter of HRC over the years through its cruise donations for our live auction fund-raisers, and we’re thrilled they’ve come on board for its third year as a Bronze National Sponsor,” said John Lake, director of corporate development for HRC.

“We are proud of our partnership with HRC and are honored to be part of the festivities at their prestigious National Dinner,” said Stanley Birge, vice president of Cunard Line, North America. “We look forward to supporting the organization through sponsorship of additional regional HRC events in the coming months.”

Transatlantic Crossings aboard Queen Mary 2 offer time to leisurely explore the ship’s extensive on board amenities and activities, including sumptuous dining at a variety of venues; lectures through the award-winning Cunard Insights enrichment programme; stargazing in the only planetarium at sea; white-gloved afternoon tea service or a spin around the dance floor during a Royal Nights themed ball in the Queens Room; taking in a performance or acting workshop by members of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art; or perusing 8,000 volumes in the largest library at sea.

About Queen Mary 2

Christened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2004, Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2, the grandest ocean liner at sea, defines luxury travel for the 21st Century and continues an almost 175-year tradition and legacy of Transatlantic travel. Sailing between New York and Southampton, England, Queen Mary 2 is the fastest passenger ship in the world and recently achieved her 200th Transatlantic Crossing in July 2013. To celebrate Queen Mary 2’s 10th anniversary in 2014, special on board events are planned for her westbound Transatlantic Crossing on 9 May and her eastbound Crossing on 16 May. Famous faces who have experienced this iconic voyage since 2004 include President George H.W. Bush, Desmond Tutu, James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, Uma Thurman, Richard Dreyfuss, John Cleese and Angela Bassett. In addition, over the course of Queen Mary 2’s decade of service, Cunard estimates that a half-million passengers consumed 8.4 million cups of tea; 980,000 scones; 481,000 bottles of champagne; 644,000 eggs; and 253,605 gallons of milk. In total, 22.4 million meals were served over 600,000 nautical miles, excluding the ship’s annual World Cruise, and sailings throughout Europe and the Mediterranean, New England and Canada, and the Caribbean.

About Cunard Line

Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of British refinement since the company’s first paddle-wheeled steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Cunard voyages bring together like-minded travellers who relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment. Today, Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled Transatlantic liner service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it pioneered in 1922.

Information source: Cunard Line

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