Seamen’s Church Institute to hold benefit luncheon in Houston

(HOUSTON) — The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) is bringing together the intracoastal and Gulf Coast region maritime community for its annual Maritime Training Benefit Luncheon in Houston on April 20.

This year’s luncheon will honor Dennis Steger, the founder of Channel and Ledyard shipyards and a medical clinic in the Houston area. He served as chairman of the Shipbuilders Council of America in 1996 as well as chairman and director of Lone Star Bank from 1992-1998, where he was a catalyst in its merger with Sterling Bank.

Steger is also an active participant in the Houston community. In the city of LaPorte, where he resides, he has served as a director on the Water Authority Board and was on the 20-year Planning Committee. He has also been a director of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and was a vice president with HLSR from 2013-2016. He is still actively involved with the rodeo and continues to serve on several committees. From 2009-2021, Steger served on the board of directors for the Culinary Institute of Houston.

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“The Seamen’s Church Institute takes great pride in the high-quality training we provide to our industry partners to ensure safe vessel operation and overall mariner preparedness through our training centers in the Houston Ship Channel and Paducah, Ky., as well as through our e-learning modules,” said SCI President and Executive Director Mark Nestlehutt. “It is also a privilege to recognize and celebrate the lifetime work of Dennis Steger, a giant within our industry and community.”

Support of the Maritime Training Benefit Luncheon helps SCI maintain and provide first-class educational opportunities for mariners. The Center for Maritime Education – — training thousands of inland river, deep sea and intracoastal mariners each year – is part of SCI’s larger efforts that also include legal advocacy and 24/7, 365-days-a-year chaplaincy and pastoral care services.

The luncheon will be held on April 20 at the Marriott Marquis Houston at 1777 Walker Street. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with the luncheon from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. To learn more about this event, click here.

– Seamen’s Church Institute

By Rich Miller