PNC Honors Six Achievers Who Enrich The World

Andrews, Fuentes, Mitchell, Rogers, the Thompsons

Win 2002 Common Wealth Awards

Apr 20, 2002, 01:00 ET from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

    WILMINGTON, Del., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- In an event celebrating the
 best of human achievement, The PNC Financial Services Group tonight hosted the
 2002 Common Wealth Awards of Distinguished Service.  Six leaders in the arts,
 science and public service received the awards at a black-tie ceremony held
 here in the company of more than 300 invited guests.
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     The following individuals were honored for outstanding contributions to
     --  Julie Andrews, world-renowned performer whose stardom spans movies,
         theater, television and concert hall, for Dramatic Arts;
     --  Carlos Fuentes, Mexico's preeminent writer of fiction and political
         commentary and a leading cultural force in modern Latin America, for
     --  Dr. Lonnie Thompson and Dr. Ellen Mosley-Thompson, researchers who
         have tracked Earth's ancient climate history and global warming, for
         Science and Invention;
     --  George Mitchell, former U.S. Senate majority leader and peace
         mediator for Northern Ireland and the Middle East, for Government;
     --  Fred Rogers, children's television icon, creator and host of the
         critically acclaimed Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, for Mass
     Guests at the Common Wealth Awards ceremony included leaders from the
 business community, government and elected office, the professions, education,
 the arts and community service. Among the dignitaries were Delaware Governor
 Ruth Ann Minner, Mexico's ambassador to the United States, Juan Jose Bremer,
 and Mexico's ambassador to the United Nations, Adolfo Aguilar Zinser.
     The Common Wealth Awards were first presented in 1979 to reward and
 encourage the best of human performance. Since that time, 138 honorees of
 international renown have received more than $2 million in cash prizes
 conferred by the awards.
     Funding for the Common Wealth awards comes from a trust set up by the late
 Ralph Hayes, an influential business executive and philanthropist. He served
 on the board of directors of PNC's predecessor banks from 1943 to 1965.
 Through his endowment, Hayes sought to recognize outstanding achievement in
 seven areas of human endeavor: mass communications, public service, dramatic
 arts, science and invention, literature, government and sociology.
     The Common Wealth honorees are among the most gifted and famous people in
 modern history. Ten past honorees have been winners of the Nobel Prize, such
 as international human rights leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Other luminaries
 on the Common Wealth roster include dance legend Mikhail Baryshnikov, renown
 television journalist Christiane Amanpour, former statesman Henry Kissinger,
 and genetic scientist Craig Venter.
     The 2002 winners continue the Common Wealth tradition of excellence,
 service and high achievement.
     Entertainment legend, Julie Andrews, 66, has spent a lifetime bringing joy
 and inspiration to audiences of all ages.  In recognition of her versatile,
 successful career, she receives the 2002 Common Wealth Award for Dramatic
 Arts.  Andrews achieved fame with her warm, rich singing voice and captivating
 performances on stage, screen and television.  She is best-known for her
 career-making roles in My Fair Lady on Broadway, and movie sensations Mary
 Poppins, The Sound of Music, Victor/Victoria and recently, The Princess
 Diaries.  Her signature work has earned her an Academy Award, three Golden
 Globes and several Tony Award nominations. Today, Andrews is busier than ever
 and continues to delight her fans as an actress, speaker and author of
 children's books.
     Mexico's most celebrated novelist and critic, Carlos Fuentes, 73, wins the
 2002 Common Wealth Award for Literature. In a career spanning more than 40
 years, he stands as one of the world's finest Spanish-language authors. His
 award-winning fiction includes The Death of Artemio Cruz (1962), Terra Nostra
 (1975), The Old Gringo (1985) and Christopher Unborn (1989). Fuentes has been
 hailed as "an elegantly acute contributor to defining modern Latin America."
 His body of work represents a search for national identity as it probes
 Mexico's history, cultural heritage and political processes. His stories
 combine fantasy and realism, social protest and political commentary. In
 addition to his writing, Fuentes served for two years as Mexico's ambassador
 to France. He has held academic posts at many of the world's leading
     Global climate change experts, Dr. Lonnie Thompson, 53, and Dr. Ellen
 Mosley-Thompson, 53, win the 2002 Common Wealth Award for Science and
 Invention.  The Ohio State University professors are research partners at the
 school's Byrd Polar Research Center. They have spent the past 25 years
 collecting and analyzing ice cores from remote ice fields and glaciers around
 the world.  Their findings have produced a detailed archive of Earth's ancient
 climate records and offer compelling evidence of global warming. They say the
 first indisputable signs of global warming will appear at the world's tropical
 glaciers. In 2001, Thompson reported that mountainous glaciers and ice caps in
 Africa and Peru are melting at an accelerating rate. He predicted these
 centuries-old ice fields will be gone within the next 15 years as global
 warming increases.
     Former U.S. senator and international peacemaker, George Mitchell, 68,
 receives the 2002 Common Wealth Award for Government. The veteran Democrat
 from Maine began his illustrious Senate career in 1980, rose to power as
 majority leader in 1988 and continued in that post until his retirement in
 1995. Over the years, he built enormous credibility and trust, earning
 bipartisan respect from his colleagues. Many still regard him as the
 Democrats' most successful Senate leader since Lyndon Johnson. During his
 tenure, Mitchell served on the Finance, Veterans Affairs and Environment and
 Public Works committees. On the international front, he mediated the Northern
 Ireland peace talks, which resulted in the historic 1998 Good Friday Peace
 Accord. He recently headed a commission studying the Israeli-Palestinian
     For nearly 50 years, Fred Rogers, 74, has been a respected innovator and
 beloved figure of children's television programming. He wins the 2002 Common
 Wealth Award for Mass Communications. The creator and host of Mister Rogers'
 Neighborhood has achieved international acclaim for nurturing children and
 their families with messages of love, acceptance and self-worth.  His program,
 which debuted nationally in 1968, is the longest-running program on public
 television. Rogers' enduring popularity is rooted in his gentle, reassuring
 manner and his genuine respect for the dignity and feelings of young children.
 The four-time Emmy award-winner produced and starred in nearly 1,000 episodes
 before taping his last show in Dec. 2000. The show continues to be broadcast
 on PBS (in reruns), and Rogers continues helping children through his
 nonprofit production company, Family Communications Inc.
     PNC Advisors is administrator of the Common Wealth Trust and a member of
 The PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE:   PNC).  With $60 billion in assets
 under management as of December 31, 2001, PNC Advisors provides a full range
 of tailored investment and traditional banking solutions to affluent
 individuals and families through PNC Bank, National Association and PNC Bank,
 Delaware (members FDIC) and full-service brokerage through J.J.B. Hilliard,
 W.L. Lyons, Inc., a registered broker-dealer and member of NASD, SIPC and
 NYSE.  PNC Advisors also serves as investment manager and trustee for employee
 benefit plans and charitable and endowment assets.  PNC Advisors currently
 operates in 21 states and serves over 320,000 clients.
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