River cruise line AmaWaterways donated the entire onboard art collection aboard its recently renovated ship, the AmaDagio, to the Avignon chapter of Kiwanis International. The artwork, which will be auctioned off to raise money for local children’s charities, was handed over at a reception aboard the AmaDagio on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.
AmaWaterways has operated in southern France for several years and the 150-passenger AmaDagio cruises exclusively in the Rhone River Valley. Recently, the company opted to replace the ship’s existing artwork with reproductions of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings, in honor of the artist’s lifelong love of Provence.
The AmaDagio event was attended by approximately 40 guests, including local dignitaries and city officials, the Italian Consul in the Department of Vaucluse, Mrs. Monique Albergati, AmaDagio Captain Louis Devaux, members of Kiwanis France and local print/broadcast media. Karen Argonza, representing AmaWaterways US headquarters, was also on hand for the festivities. Attendees were treated to a VIP tour of the ship’s facilities, cocktails, and remarks from AmaWaterways director of european operations Leonardo Starico, Kiwanis d’Avignon President Jacques Cambuzat, Avignon’s deputy mayors, Aimé Gallo and Valérie Wagner, and the city’s mayor, Hélène Mazarian. Later, approximately two dozen Kiwanis members from clubs in Avignon and Carpentras stayed aboard for a luncheon prepared by the AmaDagio’s executive chef.
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