MINNEAPOLIS (April 30, 2008) – The Lindbergh Foundation announced today that in connection with its 31st annual Lindbergh Award Celebration in May, several one-of-a-kind items will be available for on-line bidding. Kelley Welf, Director of Communications for the Foundation, confirmed that online bidding for twelve unique items is opening today at www.lindberghfoundation.org, and will close on May 15 at 4 p.m. CDT.
John King, Co-Chairman of King Schools and Chairman of the Lindbergh Foundation Board of Directors, noted, “The Foundation wants the global audience of aviation enthusiasts to have its chance to participate in an auction that would otherwise have been limited to attendees of our Celebration in Atlanta. This auction, like our work at the Lindbergh Foundation, is just too special to keep to ourselves. Miles O’Brien, CNN Correspondent and Lindbergh Foundation Director, referred to the offering he’ll be hosting and added, “I’m looking forward to meeting the lucky bidder who’ll spend some time with us here at CNN studios in our ‘behind the scenes tour and lunch.’ It’s a great chance to support the Lindbergh Foundation’s work and have some fun doing it!”
The Annual Silent Auction is a popular and eagerly anticipated event among Lindbergh Foundation supporters, because it offers rare aviation collectibles, Lindbergh memorabilia, unique aviation events and other interesting opportunities. Among the featured items are:
– A first edition, mint condition, copy of The Spirit of St. Louis signed by Charles Lindbergh
– The only numbered Calle lithograph of Astronaut Neil Armstrong in existence signed by both the first and last man on the moon;
– One of only 100 prints of a special edition oil painting celebrating Lindbergh’s arrival in Paris, signed by James Lovell, Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong, and Jimmy Doolittle; and
– A dream-day with John and Martha King, founders of King Schools, Inc. for six, including a flight in their Falcon and dinner with the Kings.
Knox Bridges, Foundation President and CEO, said, “This online auction of such unique items is unprecedented in the history of the Lindbergh Foundation. It’s our intent to offer these rare collectibles as a way of letting the world know how special our Foundation is, and to raise awareness for the kind of support we enjoy among aviation’s elite and famous who care about our mission.”
These incredible items can be yours, if you’re the successful bidder at the Lindbergh Foundation Annual Awards Celebration silent auction in Atlanta, Ga., on May 17. Can’t make it? Bid online at www.lindberghfoundation.org and click on the “Participate in our On-Line Silent Auction” link. More detailed descriptions of these unique items is available on-line.
Tickets are still available for 2008 Lindbergh Award Celebration. Ted Turner, Chairman of the Turner Foundation and Founder of CNN will receive the Foundation’s 2008 Lindbergh Award for his commitment to protecting the environment and promoting conservation and the re-introduction of native species on his land. The third annual Corporate Award for Balance will be presented to The Jacoby Group in recognition of their focus on sustainable development, which preserves and protects the environment on which we all rely. CNN’s Miles O’Brien will be the Master of Ceremonies.
This outstanding celebration honoring environmental stewardship is being held at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead in Atlanta, Ga. Guests will enjoy a reception, silent auction with a fantastic assortment of unique and collectible items, a lovely sit-down dinner, and a program.
About The Lindbergh Foundation
The Lindbergh Foundation is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, based in Anoka, Minnesota, which strives to balance technology and the environment through three major programs: Lindbergh research grants, the annual honorary Lindbergh Award, and a variety of educational programs.