Captain Richard Phillips



An Evening with Captain Phillips

7:00 p.m. · Sunday, December 8, 2013 · Beth El Synagogue

5225 Barry Street West · Saint Louis Park, MN 55416

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as Captain Richard Phillips offers his take on heroism and the high seas.  For five days in April 2009, the world was glued to their TV screens as Captain Richard Phillips became the center of an extraordinary international drama when he was captured by Somali pirates who hijacked his ship, the first hijacking of a U.S. ship in more than 200 years–the focus of the outstanding feature film Captain Phillips.  To protect his crew, Captain Phillips made a conscious decision to put himself directly in harm’s way, knowing full well that he might pay the ultimate price for his decision. Amid the standoff, he offered himself as a hostage.

President Barack Obama, who spoke with Captain Phillips by phone after he was freed, said, “I share the country’s admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans.”

Captain Phillips is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy a member of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Union, and a licensed American merchant mariner. He became Captain of the MV Maersk Alabama in 2009. Captain Phillips married Andrea Coggio in 1987. They have two children, Mariah and Danny and reside in Underhill, Vermont.

A portion of the proceeds of this event will help underwrite Beth El Synagogue’s Minnesota National Guard unit adoption initiative, directly benefiting the 849th MAC (Mobility Augmentation Company). Family members of deployed 849th MAC soldiers can attend this event free of charge by contacting FRG Leader Mary Reitsma at 320-894-8945 or 849thfrg@gmail.com.

Please note: through our partnership with Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Calhoun Village, we will have Captain Phillips’ book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea for sale the evening of the event.

For additional inquiries about the event, please call 952-873-7300.


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