April 12, 2005

Mineta to keynote gala honoring maritime labor

Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta will be the keynote speaker and award presenter at a gala honoring American Maritime Labor to be held by the United States Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Foundation on May 19. The event will benefit the U.S. Merchant Marine Museum at Kings Point and will be held at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York.

"The appreciation America has for its maritime labor and their contributions to our country's world commerce is evidenced by Secretary Mineta's appearance at this significant event," said Eugene McCormick, foundation president. "The museum at the Merchant Maine Academy preserves the legacy of the single industry that serves as a foundation of our country's development-ocean shipping-and the seafarers that sail and service our vessels."

The unions being honored are:

American Maritime Officers; American Radio Association; International Longshoremen's Association; Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific; International Longshoremen's & Warehousemen's Union; International Organization of Masters Mates & Pilots; Marine Engineer's Beneficial Association, District 1; Marine Fireman's Union; Sailors Union of the Pacific; Seafarers' International Union of North America.

Captain Timothy Brown, a Kings Point graduate himself and president of MMP, is serving as event chairman. "This is a wonderful opportunity for our industry and friends to help support this wonderful museum, which is available for public viewing, and at the same time to pay homage to our labor force. In addition, the Starlight Ballroom venue and events for the evening will make this a memorable event to attend and support."

Tickets are $425 each and are available through Carly Gottsegen at Ruth C. Schwartz & Co. at 1-800-807-1787. Souvenir journal information can be obtained from BSY Associates Inc., Barbara Yeninas or Scott Saltz at museum@bsya.com.

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