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Carnival donates to Mardi Gras godmother's Dominican Republic cause

From left, Jeffrey Rannik, president of Rannik Group and director of DR Port; Puerto Plata provincial Gov. Claritza Rochette, Carnival's Christine Duffy, Mardi Gras godmother Kimberly Jiménez, Mardi Gras Capt. Vincenzo Alcaras; David Candid, VP development & operations, Carnival Corp. & plc; and Sharon Mei, GM Amber Cove
Carnival Cruise Line presented a $25,000 donation to Niños de Cristo home for girls in La Romana, Dominican Republic, during Mardi Gras' call at Amber Cove.

Mardi Gras godmother Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Jiménez welcomed the ship to her home country today. Niños de Cristo is a special cause for her.

'We are thrilled to bring our flagship, Mardi Gras, here to the Dominican Republic with our godmother who is such an incredible ambassador for the beauty, hospitality and culture of this island,' Carnival President Christine Duffy said, presenting the donation in honor of Jiménez's work with Niños de Cristo.”

Mardi Gras was named during festivities at Port Canaveral on Saturday.

The ship will be sailing year-round from there on weekly cruise to the eastern and western Caribbean with calls at the Dominican Republic every other week.

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