NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Exploring and conquering the mysteries of COLD PLACES, often the most remote, inaccessible, and hostile environments of the Polar regions; the deepest oceans; the highest mountain peaks and the fringes of outer space, will theme the 113th Explorers Club Annual Dinner March 25th on New York's historic Ellis Island.
Leading explorers, scientists and researchers will join with more than 1000 follow explorers and guests in honoring, with the coveted Explorers Club Medal, the extraordinary accomplishments of Explorers Club members Dr. Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, pilots of the Solar Impulse aircraft on a record breaking around-the-world solar flight; and Nainoa Thompson, President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and master of the traditional Polynesian art of non-instrument navigation for his leadership in exploration of the resources of the world's deepest oceans.
Also being honored by The Explorers Club: George Basch, MN '10 winner of the Citation of Merit for his dedication to preserving the Himalayan environment and improving the health of the people living there, and Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, winner of the Tenzing Norgay Award for expanding mountaineering opportunities for women in her native Nepal, and becoming the first woman to summit Nangpai Gosum in the Himalayas. Receiving the Edward Sweeney Memorial Medal is Lee Langan, FN '99, a six-year veteran on the Club's Board of Directors and the current Editor of The Explorers Log. Additionally, Sophie F. Hollingsworth, SM '14 will receive the New Explorers Award, for her enormous efforts in health and environmental change worldwide through her foundation of the AquaAid International organization. This award also highlights the Club's commitment to the next generation of Explorers worldwide.
"Many members of The Explorers Club share a passion and curiosity for exploring and protecting the most challenging, least explored areas of our planet, as we seek new, imaginative expeditions to learn more about some of the most untouched corners of our world," said Ted Janulis, President of The Explorers Club. These expeditions also allow the Club and its members to experiment with groundbreaking technology and innovative equipment in the field, further establishing their leadership in the community.
Keynote speaker of The Explorers Club Annual Dinner will be Sir Ranulph Fiennes, often cited as the world's greatest living explorer for his historic expeditions including a pioneering circumnavigation of the Globe from Pole to Pole.
Ticket and table purchasers for the Annual Dinner on March 25 may also be eligible to attend other Annual Weekend events. For more information or to purchase tickets, call The Explorers Club at 212-628-8383 x.13 or visit www.explorers.org.
The Explorers Club was founded in New York City in 1904. It is a multidisciplinary, not for profit (501c-3) organization dedicated to scientific exploration of the oceans; land; the air; and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club's members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: first to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, and first to the surface of the moon. With 3,000 members worldwide, the organization has its headquarters at 46 East 70th Street, New York, N.Y. 10021.
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