Local dignitaries and residents gathered in northern El Dorado Hills Saturday night to support International Cruise Victims, a non-profit that represents victims of crime on cruise ships and their families.
About 100 people enjoyed wine, hors d’œuvres, great music and a silent auction at the fundraiser held at Mercy and Robert Di Paolo’s home and organized by El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce President Debbie Manning. The event earned about $5,000 for ICV.
Manning said she wanted to help the organization after meeting Laurie Dishman, a local woman who was sexually assaulted while on a Royal Caribbean cruise to the Mexican Riviera in February 2006. Dishman later became ICV’s senior vice president and a member of the Executive Committee. Joining Dishman at Saturday’s fundraiser was International Cruise Victims Chairman Kendall Carver of Phoenix, Ariz., Carver’s daughter disappeared from a Royal Caribbean cruise to Alaska in August 2004.
Guests, including El Dorado County District 1 Supervisor John Knight, District Attorney Very Pierson and Auditor-Controller Joe Harn, listened to and read about some of the cruise horror stories. TV personality Cristina Mendonsa also attended.
ICV is working to make changes on cruise ships to ensure more security and peace of mind for passengers. For more information visit internationalcruisevictims.org.