DATE: December 13, 2012
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MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe,
Public Information Manager
Broward County Board of County Commissioners
Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades has captured the international spotlight for the outstanding services they provide.
Lesley Warrick, from Seafarers House, accepted the honor at a high profile ceremony hosted by Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, located in London.
"This is a real honor and I'm proud to accept this on behalf of my team and our supporters at home in Florida. This is their honor and my heartfelt thanks and respect go to my team, my board and our supporters who work so hard and are so dedicated to our mission. I also wish to acknowledge the team at Port Everglades which has embraced and supported us. We are proud to be bringing the first such honor presented to an American seafarers' center back to Port Everglades and Broward County,” said Warrick.
Seafarers' House accomplishment was further acknowledged at a luncheon hosted in Fort Lauderdale by the Port Everglades Association, where Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca presented a resolution from the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.
“Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades faced fierce competition for this award. Seafarers’ organizations from Australia, Canada and Germany vied for this international honor. On behalf of the Board of County Commissioners, we are honored that the Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades has received worldwide recognition for the outstanding welfare services they provide to the maritime community,” said Commissioner LaMarca.
Seafarers' House at Port Everglades is open throughout the year as a safe, friendly place where mariners can connect with their families, relax or get emergency assistance if needed. With the help of its supporters and volunteers, Seafarers' House offers many services including low cost international phone calls, free transportation, Internet access, counseling services, access to multifaith clergy, liaison with authorities as well as recreational facilities.
Seafarers' House is the busiest such agency in the world, annually hosting more than 100,000 visits by cruise and cargo ship crewmembers.
Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca, left, presented Seafarers' House Executive Director Lesley Warrick and Chaplain Ron Perkins with a proclamation honoring the international award.