Gold Prize Expanded from $2 Million To $3 Million
April 21, 2014-- Sanford Greenberg announced on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS that the prize in gold bullion to go to the person or group deemed most responsible for ending blindness by 2020 has been expanded from $2 million to $3 million. (Watch the full episode of the Charlie Rose Show here on our home page.) Developing story...
$2 Million in Gold Announced by the Governing Council of the Sanford and Susan Greenberg Prize to End Blindness by 20/20
October 18th, 2012-- President John F. Kennedy said in his famous 1961 Congressional Address: “I believe we possess all the resources and talents necessary [to send a man to the moon]. But the facts of the matter are that we have never made the national decisions or marshaled the national resources required for such leadership. We have never specified long- range goals on an urgent time schedule, or managed our resources and our time so as to ensure their fulfillment.”
As President Kennedy believed in our capacity to defy current knowledge and reach the moon, so we believe in the ability of scientists and researchers throughout the world to end blindness. But – a critical “but” – no one in this field has attempted to correct for the same sort of lacks that President Kennedy pinpointed: marshaling the resources … specifying the long-range goal. A radical refocus on the ultimate objective – to end blindness – is needed to energize and bring together researchers, just as the refocus of the objective advocated by Dr. Jonas Salk led to the effective end of the scourge of polio.
Toward that end, a group of dreamers, including Mr. Sanford Greenberg’s college roommates, Mr. Jerry Speyer and Mr. Arthur Garfunkel, have come together to announce the Sanford and Susan Greenberg Prize to End Blindness by 2020.The Greenberg Prize consists of $2 Million in gold bullion to go to the person or group deemed most responsible for ending blindness by 2020 – December 13, 2020, to be precise – which, at 2,978 days from the announcement date of the Greenberg Prize, is the same amount of time it took for one small step for man to echo throughout the universe in response to President Kennedy’s call.
The creation of this Prize and the beacon of light it projects fulfill a lifelong promise Mr. Greenberg made while lying on his hospital bed, newly blinded at the age of nineteen, a promise - a dream, really - to end blindness for anyone after him who might suffer the same blow.
The recipient of the Greenberg Prize will be chosen by an independent Governing Council, members of which are: Dr. William R. Brody, President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies; Dr. Morton F. Goldberg, Chairman of the Board of the National Neuroscience Research Institute; Mr. John W. McCarter, Jr., Board of Regents, Smithsonian, President Emeritus of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago; Dr. Peter J. McDonnell, Director of the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Judge Michael B. Mukasey, former Attorney General of the United States; Mr. Jerry I. Speyer, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Tishman Speyer; and Mr. Sanford D. Greenberg, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Wilmer Eye Institute, and Trustee, Johns Hopkins Medicine.
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