Charity Events


Cruise Events turned a Hollywood actor’s fan club cruise into a very special event!

Susan Helfrich, director of Cruise Events, LLC planned a cruise for Jack Scalia (of Dallas, All My Children, Remington Steele, etc) and his adoring fan club which was to cover many hot spots in the Caribbean.

While packing for the cruise, Susan Helfrich got a brain storm. Her company specializes in planning group cruises for high profile people. Since 1991, she has taken actors, writers, talk show hosts and the like cruising all over the world. She decided it was time to give back. While cruising the Caribbean Islands and many third world countries, Susan decided to request that each of her travelers bring clothing, toiletries, anything they no longer needed, to give to charitable organizations at the ports of each cruise.

On March 6-13, 2004, Cruise Events, LLC implemented their first charitable donation to the island of Jamaica. With much pre-planning and organization between the United Way, USA, Carnival Cruise Lines and Jamaican officials, two local charities were the recipient of thousands of dollars of clothing to help the needy. The National Initiative for Street Children, works to get young homeless boys off the streets of Jamaica, reconnect them with family and help infiltrate them back into society. The Windsor Girls Home takes in homeless girls between the ages of 12-18 years. They provide housing, schooling and a nurturing environment to help build a strong foundation for these less than fortunate young girls.

As the director of Cruise Events, LLC, Susan Helfrich is proud to incorporate this “great giving” into her many planned cruises each year. Now along with each traveler enjoying an exciting, luxurious cruise vacation, they can also feel good about contributing to those less fortunate. What a great combination.