Joins A Trip Aboard SpaceShipTwo As An Enticement To Make A
It's the stuff that most of us only are able to sit back and
say "wouldn't that be really cool." But for those invited to attend
the X-Prize Charity fundraiser, it could mean an sneak preview
flight of the new ICON A5 Amphib, or a trip to space aboard
Newly added prizes for the fundraiser include test flights in
the revolutionary amphibious sport aircraft, the ICON A5; a luxury
VIP golf vacation to La Paz, Mexico and other vacation packages.
These prizes join previously announced offerings, including a trip
to space with Virgin Galactic, a 2010 Tesla Roadster and the
opportunity for one individual to have his or her genome fully
The roster of guests include sports team owners, professional
athletes, CEOs, venture capitalists, philanthropists and award
winning Hollywood producers & entertainers. The evening caters
to all skill levels and attendees will have the rare opportunity to
get lessons from poker professionals like Annie Duke, Chris
Ferguson, Rafe Furst, Phil Gordon and Andy Bloch.
This charity fundraiser will raise money for the X PRIZE
Foundation. Founded in 1996, the X PRIZE Foundation tackles the
world's greatest challenges in the areas of Life Sciences, Energy
& Environment, Education & Global Development and
Exploration (Space & Oceans). Through the development of
ground-breaking competitions, X PRIZE incites collaboration among
the world's most brilliant minds to address these issues.
"Competition stokes the creative fire and the drive to win leads
to heroic acts. The X PRIZE Foundation looks to catalyze
breakthrough innovations that benefit humanity through well
designed incentivized competitions. X PRIZE is proud to host the
first annual fundraiser of this kind in collaboration with our
great sponsors and supporters," said Robert K. Weiss, Vice Chair
and President of the X PRIZE Foundation. "The attendees will be
competing with each other and to play a significant part in
creating a better future."
Among the new prizes is the exclusive opportunity to privately
test fly a pre-production ICON A5. Winners will be flown by
helicopter from Los Angeles to the ICON facility in Tehachapi to
experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the design process and will
be met by a private pilot to embark on the flight of a lifetime.
Pilot license holders can even fly aircraft themselves. The flight
joins a previously-announced prizes like a suborbital flight with
Virgin Galactic. The winner of this prize will have the chance to
experience complete weightlessness onboard SpaceShipTwo, set to
launch later this year, as well as a new 2010 Tesla Roadster. This
electric sports car goes from 0-60 in under four seconds.
The fundraiser will take place at a private mansion in Pacific
Palisades on Saturday April 24 beginning at 1800. There are still a
few tickets available, but as the old saying goes, if you have to