New York (PRWEB) June 13, 2012
The National Audubon Society will honor two exceptional conservationists at the organization’s first gala to jointly award the Audubon Medal and the inaugural Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership. The event will take place at The Plaza Hotel in New York City on Thursday, January 17, 2013.
The Audubon Medal is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of conservation and environmental protection. Launched in 1947, the Medal is one of the highest honors in conservation. Only 51 people have received the honor in Audubon's 107-year history. Recipients have included Walt Disney, Rachel Carson, Ted Turner, Edward O. Wilson, Jimmy Carter and the Rockefeller family. “We are pleased to be able to award the Audubon Medal to Louis Bacon in recognition of his significant and diverse efforts to preserve and protect key natural ecosystems” said Holt Thrasher, Chairman of the Board of National Audubon.
The Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership is a new award, created to recognize Dan W. Lufkin’s lifetime commitment to the environment and developed to honor an individual who has dedicated his or her life to on-the-ground conservation. This will be the inaugural presentation of the Prize. The awardee receives a $100,000 prize, and 10 recipients will be announced over the next 10 years.
“This award will become a signature prize in the field of conservation innovation. The scale of the challenges we face in conservation demand big, bold ideas. Dan Lufkin and his family have made it possible to honor and encourage true heroes,” said David Yarnold, Audubon’s President and CEO.
In 1973, with fellow Cornell University student Ron Sauey, George Archibald founded ICF, which in 39 years has grown to be a world-renowned organization. Dr. Archibald is a true conservation ambassador who uses his own unique brand of “crane diplomacy” to work in sensitive places, persuading countries and people to come together behind habitat and bird protection efforts. From Buddhist monks in Bhutan who see cranes as spiritual beings, to Chinese officials balancing economic development and land conservation, George is able to connect through the magic of cranes and leverage people’s interests into effective conservation actions.
Tom Brokaw is scheduled to emcee the evening, and Bette Midler will sing. In addition to the honorees, speakers at the event will include Audubon’s President and CEO, David Yarnold; Audubon’s Board Chair, Holt Thrasher III; and Dan Lufkin.
The gala will take place in the ballroom of The Plaza Hotel, Fifth Avenue at 59th Street in New York City. Reception is at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 8:00 p.m. Tables of 10 range from $10,000 to $100,000. Funds raised from the dinner will be used to support Audubon’s hemispheric bird conservation priorities. For more information, please call 845-260-2785 or email jhannan(at)audubon(dot)org.
Now in its second century, Audubon connects people with birds, nature and the environment that supports us all. Our national network of community-based nature centers, chapters, scientific, education, and advocacy programs engages millions of people from all walks of life in conservation action to protect and restore the natural world. Visit Audubon online at http://www.audubon.org.