On Wednesday, October 26, the Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) held its annual Maritime Training Benefit Luncheon (MTBL) at the St. Regis Houston. 269 guests attended from 49 different companies making this the largest MTBL to date, and a total of $144,100 was raised. Proceeds from the Luncheon benefit SCI’s maritime education programs, which provide world-class training for professional mariners both in Houston, TX and Paducah, KY.
This year, the Luncheon featured a new award component. Committed to increasing the safety of American waterways, SCI honored those in the industry who have contributed significantly to efforts that promote high safety standards. Pat Studdert (Buffalo Marine) introduced Capt. Leo Braun of Buffalo Marine Service Incorporated, presenting him with the Outstanding Service Award. Will Jenkins (formerly of SeaRiver, and now at the US Coast Guard Foundation) presented Jack Buono, President & CEO (ret.), SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., with the Leadership in Safety Award.
SCI’s Center for Maritime Education trains hundreds of mariners each year. The range of coursework provided in the classroom and in highly advanced simulators enhances the level of professionalism on the nation’s waterways and coastal areas. These first-rate opportunities combine with SCI’s exceptional chaplaincy services to give mariners a comprehensive support system.
SCI contributes to a culture of safety, a decline in maritime accidents and provides mariners the skills to meet maritime security challenges in the new millennium. The Benefit Luncheon was a welcome chance to honor those who have come alongside SCI in serving the industry to the highest standards.
Photos from the event can be viewed here.