New York, NY (PRWEB) August 4, 2006 –
The Charles Bronfman Prize has announced the launch of its 2007 awards cycle. The announcement marks the start of this year’s international quest for extraordinary humanitarians. It builds on two cycles when many inspiring candidates were considered. Nominations for the 2007 Prize will be accepted between August 1 and October 31, 2006
Those who wish to nominate qualified candidates are encouraged to complete the forms found at http://www.TheCharlesBronfmanPrize.com.
The Charles Bronfman Prize celebrates the vision and talent of an individual or team – under 50 years of age – whose humanitarian work has contributed significantly to the betterment of the world. The achievements of Prize recipients exemplify the Jewish values and regard for humanity that provide inspiration to the next generations. The Prize awards the recipient $100,000 and will next be announced in the spring of 2007.
The Prize is an humanitarian award created and funded by his children – Ellen Bronfman Hauptman and Andrew Hauptman together with Stephen Bronfman and Claudine Blondin Bronfman – in honor of their father.
“There are many qualified candidates who are brought to our attention through the open call for nominations,” said the Prize Founders who are encouraging submissions. “The Prize process has enabled us to reach an exciting generation of ascending leaders from all fields. We want to hear more stories of young people around the world whose humanitarian efforts merit recognition.”
Charles Bronfman has spent a lifetime developing, implementing and supporting initiatives that help to strengthen the unity of the Jewish people. He has invested in young people to strengthen their knowledge and appreciation of their history, heritage and cultural identity, and has impacted on the direction of Jewish life and community.
Two remarkable young visionaries have received the Prize since its inception. In 2004, the inaugural Prize was awarded to Jay Feinberg (now 38), a Leukemia survivor who founded and is the Executive Director of Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. Through Feinberg’s work, over 90,000 donors have been registered and nearly 1,000 donor-recipient matches have been made through this vibrant and dynamic organization, facilitating transplants for patients around the world. Through his tireless endeavors, Jay is truly an inspiration to the emerging generation of Jews and indeed to all those seeking to make a difference,” said Charles Bronfman.
On January 10, 2006, Dr. Alon Tal was named the second recipient of The Charles Bronfman Prize in a ceremony in the Jerusalem City Council Chambers, flanked by the city’s Mayor and Israel’s most distinguished dignitaries. In 1996, Tal founded the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and his impact is felt in many of Israel’s top environmental organizations and initiatives. The Arava Institute recruits graduate students from throughout the Middle East. The Institute has become central to shaping the region’s environmental policy with eighty percent of its graduates holding key regional environmental positions. Tal is now at Ben Gurion University and is Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the November, 2006 conference, Deserts and Desertification: Challenges and Opportunities, the first conference to be held in Israel under the auspices of the United Nations. His book, Speaking of Earth: Environmental Speeches that Moved the World, was recently published by Rutgers University Press.
Commenting on Dr. Tal’s work, Charles Bronfman said: “In addressing environmental issues that concern the entire region, and indeed the world, Dr. Tal has proved that shared problems can have shared solutions, through an inclusive and insightful program.”
Nomination forms may be found at http://www.TheCharlesBronfmanPrize.com.
About the Founders
Ellen Bronfman Hauptman is Co-Chairman of Andell Holdings, a private investment company which she controls with her husband, Andrew Hauptman. She is also co-owner of Andell Entertainment which focuses on feature film production. Ms. Hauptman is involved in numerous philanthropic pursuits including the oversight of The Hauptman Family Philanthropies and the Zoe Saidye Hauptman Memorial Fund, among others. Ms. Hauptman is a graduate of Yale University.
Andrew Hauptman is the Chairman and CEO of Andell Holdings, a private investment company he controls with his wife, Ellen Bronfman. Mr. Hauptman serves on the Board of Directors of several privately held and publicly traded companies, including Koor Industries, and serves as the Chairman of Storage Mobility and Andell Entertainment. In addition, Mr. Hauptman is a member of the Yale University Council, an advisory board to the President. Mr. Hauptman is a graduate of Yale University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Stephen Bronfman is Chairman of Claridge Inc., a privately held company with worldwide interests in real estate, sports, entertainment, and food production. Mr. Bronfman sits on the board of directors of SunOpta Inc. and the David Suzuki Foundation, among others, and is the President of the Stephen R. Bronfman Foundation. His involvement in both business and philanthropic endeavors is extensive in both North America and Israel.
Claudine Blondin Bronfman worked for 10 years at Molson Coors Brewing Company, most recently as Strategic Marketing Brand Manager – Quebec Division. Mrs. Bronfman has been involved in several philanthropic pursuits, including Temple Emanuel Beth Shalom and The Summit School. She currently sits on the board of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation.
About Charles Bronfman
Charles Bronfman is Chairman of The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies Inc., a family of charitable foundations operating in Israel, the USA and Canada, whose mission is to develop, implement and support initiatives that help to strengthen the unity of the Jewish people. Mr. Bronfman is Co-Chairman of “birthright Israel International,” aimed at providing an educational travel experience to Israel for every young Jewish person, aged 18 to 26. For more than half a century, Charles Bronfman has worked tirelessly as an international business leader and philanthropist. His overriding passion is sustaining and creating Jewish life in a changing world.