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Challenger Space Center Arizona to present chairman’s awards at dinner with astronaut


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PEORIA, Ariz. – Challenger Space Center Arizona is hosting a dinner and awards ceremony in recognition of individuals and corporations who have provided extraordinary support for the center’s STEM education mission.

The 2nd Annual Chairman’s Awards Dinner will be 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 in the center’s Steele Foundation Rotunda, 21170 N. 83rd Ave. Back by popular demand is special guest presenter former U.S. NASA Astronaut William G. Gregory, Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-67 pilot.

Mr. Gregory and Noah Foote, Challenger Space Center Board of Directors chairman, will recognize recipients of four 2013 Chairman’s Awards: The Founder’s Supernova Award, Stellar Corporate Partner of the Year, Beacon Award for Volunteerism, and the Challenger Educator of the Year Award.

The award winners were chosen through a staff and volunteer nominating process. Each winner will receive an engraved plaque acknowledging the award.

Arizona Public Service will receive the Founder’s Supernova Award, presented to a company, individual or organization that has been a longstanding supporter of the Center and its mission. Geoffrey Notkin of Aerolite Meteorites LLC earned the Stellar Corporate Partner of the Year, presented to a company or organization that has recently supported the center and its mission through sponsorship, grants, donations or volunteerism.

The Beacon Award for Volunteerism, presented to an individual who has donated his or her time and talents to serving the Center’s mission, students and visitors, went to Jim Palmer. The Challenger Educator of the Year Award, presented to an educator who has embraced the center’s core educational mission and has utilized Challenger STEM programs as an integral part of his or her classroom curriculum, was earned by Catherine Krause, Wallace Elementary School, Parker.

The Chairman’s Awards Dinner is part of a fundraising event that supports the center’s year-round education programs.

Leading up to the event, Challenger Space Center is seeking companies to support the center’s STEM education mission by sponsoring an individual work station in the space mission simulator. Year-long sponsorships are still available starting at $2,500 and include a company plaque at the chosen simulator station, company logo on Challenger’s website and in teacher packets and other benefits.