Jan 31, 2006??
The Lindbergh Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Peter Diamandis, chairman and chief executive officer of the X PRIZE Foundation, and Minnesota native and polar explorer Will Steger, will each receive an honorary 2006 Lindbergh Award at an event to be held at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul on Friday evening, May 19.
Dr. Peter Diamandis, a pioneer in the development of incentive prizes, will be recognized for his ability to inspire the brightest minds on Earth to tackle some of the most pressing issues in the world today. ???A visionary, much like my grandfather, Peter Diamandis created the X PRIZE Foundation, to change the current paradigm of space travel,? said Erik Lindbergh, grandson of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh and vice chairman of the Foundation. ???More recently the X PRIZE Foundation has expanded its scope to include prizes that will enable radical breakthroughs and innovative and cost-effective solutions to the great technical, social and environmental problems of our time.?
Will Steger, who made the first confirmed unsupported trip to the North Pole with a team of eight people and 50 sled dogs in 1986, will be recognized not only for his numerous polar expeditions, but also for his deep understanding of the environment and his efforts to raise awareness of current environmental threats, especially climate change. Steger has been an eyewitness to the on-going catastrophic consequences of global warming. In 2007, utilizing the latest in web and communications technologies, students, educators and individuals will be able to travel along with Steger as he embarks upon his next expedition entitled, ???To the Ends of the Earth.?
Another highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Foundation?۪s first corporate award for balance, which will be presented to Patagonia, Inc. Patagonia will be recognized for its use of organically produced and recycled materials in its clothing line and its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint by incorporating energy-efficient lighting and heating systems and use of recycled building materials at its facilities. Patagonia uses technology to solve environmental problems, and believes there is a strong connection between protecting the environment and successful business.
Lindbergh Award Event Held at Minnesota History Center
???The theme for this year?۪s Award Event is ???Exploring Extreme Challenges,?۪? said Lindbergh Foundation President Marlene White. ???Dr. Diamandis offers extreme challenges to society to explore innovative solutions to world issues and Will Steger, the first Minnesotan to receive a Lindbergh Award, is an explorer who goes to the extreme edges of the world to bring awareness to the challenge of climate change.? The Lindbergh Award Event is the Foundation?۪s only public fundraising and outreach event of the year. It will begin with a reception in the Great Hall overlooking the State Capitol and will feature a silent auction of unique, collectible and other exciting items. A few items up for auction include: a framed piece from the Ford Tri-motor, which Charles Lindbergh flew in Mexico and used to give Anne Morrow her first airplane ride; a model of the Spirit of St. Louis; and an item to be donated by Will Steger. The evening includes a lovely sit-down dinner and a gourmet dessert reception following the program, giving the audience an opportunity to visit with the Awardees, members of the Lindbergh family, and other special guests. Dr. Diamandis and Steger are both dynamic speakers; each will give a presentation. (Bios and photo links for Diamandis and Steger are below.)
???The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to host the Lindbergh Foundation?۪s 2006 Lindbergh Awards at the History Center,? said Nina Archabal, Society director. Noting that Steger has given many of his expedition artifacts to the Society, Archabal added, ???Will Steger and Charles Lindbergh exemplify the passion for adventure that is a strong theme in Minnesota?۪s history.? Several of the items, including the sled that Steger used on his 1990 International Trans-Antarctica Expedition, will be exhibited at the History Center from May 18 through May 21.
For reservations and information about the May 19 event at the Minnesota History Center, please contact the Lindbergh Foundation office at 763/576-1596.
About the Lindbergh Foundation
The Lindbergh Foundation is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, based in Anoka, Minnesota, which strives to encourage and inspire present and future generations to work toward finding ways to improve the quality of all life through three major programs: Lindbergh research grants, the annual honorary Lindbergh Award, and a variety of educational programs, which are designed to bring life to, and engage others in, the Lindberghs?۪ passion for a balance between technological advancements and environmental preservation.