Explorers Club To Present 2015 Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner At Crowne Plaza Oceanfront
By Space Coast Daily // November 5, 2015
celebrates explorers who exhibit excellence
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Florida Chapter of the Explorers Club will present the 2015 Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner Nov. 6 – 8 at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne-Oceanfront.
The Lowell Thomas Awards celebrate explorers who exhibit excellence and innovation in conservation, with emphasis on emerging techniques and technologies that meaningfully contribute to our knowledge of the world and how we protect it.
An old and prestigious organization, notable members have included Theodore Roosevelt, Adm. Robert Peary, Prince Albert of Monaco, Adm. Richard Byrd, Jane Goodall, Walter Cronkite, James Cameron and Astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
Since its beginning in 1904, The Explorers Club has attracted members with many firsts – first to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the moon, first to the Summit of Mount Everest, and first and to the deepest location on the Earth’s surface in the Marina Trench. Explorer Club flags were carried aboard Apollo 8, Apollo 11, Apollo 13 and Apollo 15.
The 2015 Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner
This year’s three-day event includes a Kick-Off Party on Friday night, the Explorers Symposium on Saturday, admission to the General Reception, Dinner, and Afterparty on Saturday night. An Explorers Excursion to Kennedy Space Center is available on Sunday.
Friday, Nov. 6
• 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Visionaries VIP Dinner. An intimate seated dinner with Honorary Dinner Chair HRH Prince Felix du Luxembourg, Lowell Thomas Awardees, 2015 Rolex Artist-in-Exploration Carlton Ward Jr., Emcee Boyd Matson, wine connoisseur Robert Kacher, and others.
• 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Kick-Off Party. Enjoy nighttime ocean breezes, fire-pits and cocktails with exploration colleagues. Visit with Live Animal Ambassadors from Brevard Zoo and watch live sketching by LTAD 2015 artist Alison Nicholls of Art Inspired by Africa.
Saturday, Nov. 7
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Explorers Symposium. Fresh off the front lines of conservation, Lowell Thomas Awardees individually present on their work. 2015 Rolex Artist-in-Exploration Carlton Ward Jr. kicks off his term with a talk about producing his extraordinary images of majestic Florida. There will be a break for one hour at noon with an open lunch.
• 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – General Reception & Invasive Species Tasting. Connect with fellow explorers, VIP guests, and awardees for an unforgettable cocktail hour featuring Johnnie Walker Explorers’ Club Collection and wines along with an appetizing selection of prepared Florida Invasive Species, including Wild Boar, Lionfish, Venison, Iguana, Python, Pintade, Rattlesnake, and more.
• 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – The Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner. Celebrate Vision! Celebrate Conservation! Our seated black-tie dinner and awards presentation will be emceed by National Geographic’s Boyd Matson. Flag & Honors will present Simon Roosevelt’s flag return, carried as Simon retraced grandfather Teddy Roosevelt’s expedition into Africa. Live Auction follows presentations.
• 10:30 p.m. – After-Party in Surfside Lounge & Oceanfront Deck. An informal affair, continue the celebration in style at your pace.
Sunday, Nov. 8
• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Explorers Excursion. A behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to launch mankind into outer space at Kennedy Space Center
2015 LOWELL THOMAS AWARDEE PROFILES
Past Recipients of The Lowell Thomas Award Include: Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., Isaac Asimov, Sir David Attenborough, Robert Ballard, Eugenie Clark, Sylvia A. Earle, Sir Edmund P. Hillary, Carl Sagan, Kathryn D. Sullivan, and Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager.
Mark Edward Hay, Ph.D. Mark Edward Hay, Ph.D.
An experimental field ecologist, Mark Edward Hay is pioneering innovative and effective new opportunities for coral reef conservation. Dr. Hay’s research and discoveries have influenced the foundations in the field of marine chemical ecology and created new procedures for effective conservation and management of the world’s coral reefs.
Robert Glenn Ketchum
Robert Glenn Ketchum’s imagery, exhibitions, numerous publications, and personal activism have helped to define photography’s successful use in conservation advocacy. Ketchum’s vision for the role of art in promoting the protection of the planet throughout his illustrious career has contributed to pivotal shifts in the communication methods of science and conservation.
Federico M. Lauro, Ph.D.
Federico M. Lauro pioneered citizen oceanography, proving that a combination of innovative, cost-effective technologies and world cruiser involvement extensively broadens the scope of microbiological oceanography, driving the field into a new era of high output, high resolution, predictive science. He is a world leading expert in the marine microbiome, which underpins the food web and is critical for sustaining the health of global marine environments.
George Van Nostrand Powell, Ph.D.
Dedicating his career to tropical conservation biology around the globe, George Van Nostrand Powell is a pioneer in blending field study and application to enhance biodiversity conservation. Dr. Powell integrates his keen insights across animal behavior, field logistics, and the latest technology to push the boundaries of wildlife conservation.
Anne Savage, Ph.D.
Dr. Anne Savage is the Conservation Director for Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Dr. Savage’s multifarious global studies in animal behavior and conservation biology are not only groundbreaking from a scientific perspective, but also for her programs’ infrastructure initiatives to educate and involve the indigenous population in conservation efforts, thereby ensuring the ongoing protection of surrounding natural habitats.
Gary A. Strobel, Ph.D.
The principal authority on all aspects of the study of endophytes, Gary A. Strobel is a distinguished microbiologist and naturalist. Dr. Strobel’s work has contributed forcefully, and uniquely, to the recognition of the necessity of conserving remote areas for the potential value they have to provide microorganisms that may prove enormously useful in all aspects of human endeavor and society.
Boyd Matson, Master of Ceremonies
Boyd Matson has been bitten, scratched, or pooped on, and occasionally kissed by most of the creatures found at your local zoo. What he refers to as his job, others might describe as a career spent attending summer camp for adults.
Prince Félix of Luxembourg, Honorary Dinner Chair
The second child of Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Prince Felix is the Owner and CEO of le Château les Crostes vineyard in Lorgues, Provence Cote d’Azur, and will be sharing wine produced at the vineyard with guests during the Dinner.
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