2016 Pegasus Wings Awards
Our fourth annual Pegasus Foundation Wings Award ceremony was held at the prestigious Cosmos Club on Wednesday, May 4 in Washington DC. Guests arrived at 6:30 and enjoyed drinks and appetizers, socializing with all the invitees. Many thanks to Irene Crowe, founder of the Pettus Crowe Foundation for co-sponsoring the event.
The goal of the Pegasus Foundation is to give Great Ideas Wings through focused grants and recognition of outstanding individuals and programs that have made a significant difference for animal protection. The Pegasus Foundation helps organizations achieve their potential by forming partnerships, leveraging resources, and educating the public.
Master of Ceremonies, Peter Fenn, political strategist, television commentator and Adjunct Professor at George Washington University presented the awards with the help of Dr. John Grandy, executive director of the Pegasus Foundation and Barbara Birdsey, founder of the Pegasus Foundation.
A big thank you went out to famous sculptor Geoffrey Smith for creating the beautiful plaques. The fourth annual Pegasus Wings awards were presented to the following honorees, each of whom exemplifies the Pegasus goal: Giving Great Ideas Wings:
Diana is a California attorney who works with tribal courts around the country. She is the founder of the Native America Humane Society (NAHS) is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. After a life-changing experience with a stray dog in Cancun, Mexico, Diana became involved in animal protection efforts in Mexico and the U.S. As President and CEO of NAHS, Diana draws on her cultural traditions, education, experience and passion for helping animals to make Indian communities safer for tribal members and animals.
Peter introduced a video by Florida Congressman (and Florida U.S. Senatorial candidate) Patrick Murphy who received a Wings Award last year for his efforts to preserve the Indian River Lagoon in Florida. Patrick Murphy’s video lauded the efforts of David Aronberg for establishing a legal precedent by personally trying and winning an important animal cruelty case in which the defendant was found guilty of letting his 2 year old pit bull, Bella, nearly starve to death.
Peter Fenn presented a video of Wayne Pacelle, CEO of The HSUS commending the exceptional work Andrew has done bringing animal protection policies to the global community. Barbara congratulated Andrew for the great legacy he has created by thrusting HSI into the forefront of Animal Protection worldwide, breaking down barriers to protecting animals and creating a new global culture of compassion for all animals.
John Land Le Coq
Neil King, Jr., Global Economics Editor for the Wall Street Journal praised
John Le Coq as a truly a great spokesman for protection of wildlife and wild lands, acknowledging his work within the outdoor community by furthering the importance of healthy species, water and habitat through Fishpond, which is an impressive B corporation. (B corps are for-profit companies that meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.)