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The 111th Explorers Club Annual Dinner at the American Museum of Natural History


The Spirit of Exploration

From Dinosaurs to the Stars

The 111th Explorers Club Annual Dinner is fast approaching! We believe that this annual gathering will be the most exciting in our organization’s history; and we hope you've planned to join us March 20-22, 2015, in New York City.

The Dinner itself on Saturday evening, March 21, 2015 is now sold out! It has been several decades since this event sold out nearly a month in advance, and we truly appreciate this extraordinary support from our membership.

For members who were not able to make an ECAD reservation at the American Museum of Natural History, please consider joining us for the Friday night cocktail reception aboard the carrier Intrepid, or the after party on Saturday night at AMNH.

Saturday Evening

March 21st, 2015

In the historic venue of the American Museum of Natural History, you’ll enjoy cocktails and exotics in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda, named for one of our most famous members, and the Akeley Hall of African Mammals, named for the Club’s second president. An elegant dinner will follow in the beautiful Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, under the giant blue whale that is suspended from its towering ceiling.



6:00 - VIP Reception, Akeley Hall of African Mammals
6:30 - General Reception, Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda
7:30 - Annual Dinner, Milstein Hall of Ocean Life
10:00 - After Party and Surprises

Join a distinguished assemblage of guests, including astronauts like Honorary Chair John Glenn and Buzz Aldrin, ocean explorers like Bob Ballard, Sylvia Earle, Jim Cameron and Honorary President Don Walsh, mountaineers, polar explorers, international leaders, journalists, military heroes, and royalty. We will witness a dramatic Explorers Club Flag return by Honorary Director Frederik Paulsen, hear remarks by the Honorable Alexandra Shackleton on the 100th anniversary of her grandfather’s famous expedition, and salute our Club’s outstanding Medalists of 2015.



The Explorers Club Medal

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ph.D.
A prominent astrophysicist, cosmologist, and the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, deGrasse Tyson has been a leading advocate for science education for more than a decade, hosting NOVA Science Now and most recently Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on Fox Network.


The Finn Ronne Memorial Award

David K. Hempleman-Adams, LVO, OBE, MED ‘00
British explorer awarded the Polar Medal by the Queen and first person to reach both Geographical Poles as well as climb the Seven Summits. He has visited the Arctic regions for science and adventure for 40 years.


Citation of Merit

Mandip Singh Soin, MI ‘92
A prominent mountaineer, versatile adventurer, eco pacifist and explorer, Founder President of the Ecotourism Society of India with exploration expeditions on six continents over four decades.


C. William Steele, FE ‘79
Legendary cave explorer in the deepest and longest caves of the Americas. Currently leader of the project exploring and studying the deepest cave in the Western Hemisphere, Sistema Huautla.


Edward C. Sweeney Memorial Medal

Bruce Blanchard, MN ‘78
Indefatigable officer of the Explorers Club Washington Group since 1995, for his significant contributions to the financial well-being of the Club and facilitation of its student exploration grant program.


Friday Evening - March 20th, 2015


Cocktail Reception Onboard the Intrepid
7:00pm on Pier 86, West 46th Street & 12th Avenue

Our ECAD weekend starts on Friday as we welcome all table and ticket holders for Saturday’s Annual Dinner at a Cocktail Reception on the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid. We’ll explore Hangar 3 during the reception, and pay special tribute to Team Rubicon, military veterans who work with "first responders" to rush aid to natural disasters around the world. We’ve moved our unique Silent Auction to Friday night, with everything from art and artifacts to books signed by explorers and private dinners hosted by Explorers Club Medalists. Come connect with old friends, meet new ones, bid on fabulous items, and most important, honor some very courageous men and women who exemplify the “Spirit of Exploration”. This event is automatically open to all ECAD ticket buyers of every level, with no reservations required. Standalone tickets are also available for $150. To purchase, contact us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Saturday Night - March 21st, 2015

ECAD After Party at AMNH
10:00 pm - Midnight

Join after-dinner revelers in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda and Akeley Hall of African Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History, for an open bar, dessert bites, and the chance to mingle with the 2015 Medalists and fellow members. Black Tie or Exploration Attire. Standalone tickets are available for $100. To purchase, contact us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday / Saturday / Sunday Events


Friday, March 20th
10:00 AM
Private Tour of the 9/11 Memorial Museum
180 Greenwich Street, Limited Availability, Reservations Required, $30 per person

2:30 PM
New Member Tea and Tour (Only new members inducted since ECAD 2014)
Explorers Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street

5:30 PM
Polar Panel featuring David Hempleman-Adams, Eric Larsen, Frederik Paulsen, and Randi Skaug; Moderated by Honorary President Don Walsh at The Intrepid Theatre. This event precedes the 7:00pm cocktail reception and silent auction aboard the Intrepid, with limited availability.
Pier 86, West 46th Street & 12th Avenue, Seating is limited to 243, reservations required

7:00 PM
Cocktail Reception onboard the Intrepid; Honoring the EC Medalists and Team Rubicon/Plus Silent Auction Extraordinaire
Pier 86, West 46th Street & 12th Avenue, Free Admission for all ECAD ticket holders; $150 Guest Charge for Others, see above for details

Saturday, March 21st
10:00 AM
Private Tour of the American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West and 79th Street, no charge but limited availability, reservations required

10:00 AM
"Shackleton: Death or Glory," featuring Hon. Alexandra Shackleton and Tim Jarvis
Co-sponsored by the UK Mission to the United Nations
UN Economic & Social Council Chamber; 405 East 42nd Street. No charge, Seating is limited to 250, reservations required

1:00 PM
"Jumping from the Edge of Space," featuring free-fall record holders Col. Joe Kittinger and Alan Eustace, moderated by Richard Garriott de Cayeux
UN Economic & Social Council Chamber; 405 East 42nd Street. No charge, Seating is limited to 250, reservations required

Sunday, March 22nd
Explorers Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street
• Click here for a full list of afternoon speakers and program descriptions

9:00 am
Annual Membership Meeting (EC Members Only)

12:00 pm
Buffet Lunch at Headquarters (Members and ECAD Guests)

1:00 - 4:00 pm
Afternoon Programs

4:00 - 6:00 pm
Pastries, Prosecco, and More Surprises

Special Explorers Hotel Rate


The newly-renovated Loews Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street) is providing a block of discounted rooms for the Annual Weekend. It is centrally located—just 9 blocks from the Explorers Club, and an easy walk to Central Park, the Museum of Modern Art, and 5th Avenue shopping. Rates are $289 for a Standard King and $389 for a Deluxe King; make reservations by calling 800-23-LOEWS and using the code: Explorers Club. The Club also has a list of alternate hotels, with a wide range of room rates. Please contact headquarters for more information. March is a busy time in New York, so we urge you to make your reservations early! Only 1000 dinner guests can be accommodated on Saturday night. Don’t miss the 2015 Annual Dinner…a “Night at the Museum” you’ll never forget!

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