We’re pleased to announce the 2018 Apollo Celebration Awards that will be given at this year’s Apollo Celebration Gala held at Kennedy Space Center on Saturday July 21, 2018. Each nominee has been selected for the genuine impact they have had in their respective arenas and will share their poignant stories with gala guests.
2018 Apollo Celebration Education Award – Dr. Carolyn Williams
2018 Apollo Celebration Pioneer Award – Gerry Griffin
2018 Apollo Celebration Innovation Award – Sir Richard Branson
Dr. Carolyn Williams is an advocate for educating underserved youth and serves as Chairwoman for the From One Hand to AnOTHER Foundation with an impressive curriculum focusing on S.T.E.A.M.M. —Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Motivation.
Gerry Griffin – at the heart of the remarkable Apollo Space Program was the team who worked in Mission Control. During NASA’s Apollo Program, Gerry Griffin was a Flight Director and served in this capacity for all of the Apollo manned missions. Incredibly, he was Lead Flight Director for three lunar landing missions: Apollo 12, 15 and 17.
Sir Richard Branson – Founder of Virgin Galactic – his mission is to create the world’s first commercial spaceline. Virgin Galactic is developing and operating a new generation of space vehicles to open space for everyone. Determined to innovate and create a better future for our society and our planet, they promise to inspire future generations and make it possible to see our beautiful home planet from a new perspective.
2018 Awards & Adventures
And if that isn’t exciting enough for you, gala guests are encouraged to seek their own thrills and adventures by bidding on some of the truly exciting adventurous auction lots.
Donated by the SomeWhere Club:
- Join award-winning photographer Scott Portelli for gorilla trekking in Rwanda!
- Or world freediving champion and underwater photographer Fred Buyle in the Azores to swim with sperm whales or blue sharks!
- Or fly in a microlight over the beautiful French countryside in V-formation with a flock of geese!
Donated by Wild About Lapland – bid to see the aurora in Lapland with many other activities included such as snow shoeing, ice fishing and thrilling reindeer and husky rides!
The Silent auction will go live at the end of June 2018. Proxy bids are possible for those unable to attend the gala – email firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2018 Apollo Celebration Gala is shaping up to be an exciting affair with astronauts, unsung heroes and significant members of the space community gathering under the Saturn V rocket from across all eras.
The final line-up will be announced in June, but (in alphabetical order) here are just some of the confirmed astronauts attending the 2018 event:
- Brian Duffy: STS-45, STS-57, STS-72, STS-92
- Charlie Bolden: STS-31, STS-45, STS-60, STS-61, Former NASA Administrator
- Chris Ferguson : STS-115, STS-126, STS-135
- Frank Culbertson, STS-38, STS-51, STS-105, Expedition 3, STS-108
- Jerry Ross: STS-61B, STS-27, STS-37, STS-55, STS-74, STS-88, STS-110
- John Creighton: STS-36, STS-51-G, STS-48
- Kathy Thornton: STS-33, STS-49, STS-61, STS-73
- Kevin Chilton: STS-49, STS-59, STS-76
- Nicole Stott: STS-128, STS-129, STS-133, Expedition 19, Expedition 20, Expedition 21
- Terry Virts: Former Commander of ISS, STS-130, Expedition 42, Expedition 43, Soyuz TMA-15M
- Winston Scott: STS-72 & STS-87
Also attending will be Gerry Griffin, the Apollo flight director in Mission Control as Lead Flight Director for three lunar landing missions: Apollo 12, 15 and 17.
Art will be playing a prominent theme in both the silent and live auctions this year aimed at raising crucial funds for education.
- After a stellar career as test pilot, Apollo 11 astronaut, diplomat and author, General Michael Collins (USAF ret.) now fishes, explores and paints the wilderness around his Florida home. He has generously donated two signed artworks.
- Renowned space artist Romero Britto is not only attending the gala in person but has donated some items one from his 2010 Buzz Aldrin Space Series.
- Inspired by man walking on the moon, popular French pop artist Remy Bond has donated one of his huge acrylics ‘Splash’.
- Also available are limited edition, signed pictures from space artist Paul Hudson, and Paul Calle, the only artist with the Apollo 11 astronauts as they had breakfast and prepared for their flight in 1969.
- Donated art and jewellery from space artist and NASA astronaut, Nicole Stott, who now dedicates her time to sharing the beauty of art from space.
The countdown to the big 5-0 of Apollo 11 starts with us on July 21, 2018.
The Silent Auction will go live in June. For anyone unable to attend the gala, proxy bids are possible for the live auction.
ORLANDO, FL. – Two leading foundations that nationally promote the importance of science, technology, engineering and math will collaborate to recognize the 50-year anniversary next year of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and the Buzz Aldrin ShareSpace Foundation have begun working collaboratively as part of an 18-month campaign to promote the historic flight and continue inspiring the next generation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to ensure the United States retains its leadership in STEM disciplines.
“Fifty years ago, the flight of Apollo 11 expanded the world’s imagination of what was possible, and it firmly placed the United States in the leadership position it still enjoys today in science and space exploration,” said Curt Brown, board chairman of ASF and veteran of six space flights. “That’s why teaming up with the legendary Buzz Aldrin ShareSpace Foundation is incredibly special. Together, we will work on a year-long celebration leading to the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 and how past missions significantly helped guide the future of space exploration.”
The two organizations will host the fourth annual Apollo Celebration Gala at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on July 21, 2018, an event that will raise funds to award scholarships and increase the awareness of space exploration on a global basis. www.apollocelebrationgala.com
Aldrin served as the lunar module pilot on Apollo 11 becoming the second human to walk on the moon. He also went into orbit on Gemini 12. Dr. Andrew Aldrin, President of the Buzz Aldrin Space Foundation, said, “the collaboration comes at the right time with the recent announcement that America will return to the moon and beyond. We want to do everything we can to both honor the past, but also look to the future. Sharing proceeds from the Apollo Celebration Gala brings about a perfect circular economy, as the BASF remains dedicated to raising vital funds that will directly feed into tangible scholarships as well as creating other inspirational education tools to inspire the game-changers of the future.”
About the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
Based in Orlando, the Foundation’s mission is to aid the United States in retaining its world leadership in technology and innovation by supporting the very best and brightest scholars in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while commemorating the legacy of America’s pioneering astronauts. ASF has awarded more than $4 million to outstanding Astronaut Scholars nationwide with support from astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle and Space Station programs who participate in this educational endeavor. For more information, visit www.AstronautScholarship.org.
About the Buzz Aldrin Space Foundation
Driven by Buzz’s vision for permanent habitation on Mars, the Buzz Aldrin Space Foundation (BASF) develops tools, curricula and programs for children, students, researchers and professionals around the world to enable the extension of human habitation beyond the Earth to the Moon and Mars. This vertical pathway will bring together students and researchers of all levels to learn from each other’s vision for space, ultimately creating the first generation of Martians. BASF is the parent nonprofit to Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation (SSF). Proceeds from the gala event will go to the SSF which collaborates with educators, donors and sponsors to provide schools, museums and education agencies with the informative and interactive Giant Mars Maps (25’ by 25’), robots, Buzz Aldrin’s award-winning Welcome to Mars book, and hands-on curriculum activities. www.buzzaldrinfoundation.org www.sharespace.org