NOTE TO EDITORS
September 12, 2003
NASA Administrator Supports Columbia Trust Effort
NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe is among the speakers scheduled to formally inaugurate a campaign Tuesday, Sept. 16, to raise funds to support the families of the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT at the National Press Club in Washington.
The Columbia Memorial Trust will be announced Sept. 16 and will assist the families of Columbia's crew, help erect memorials in honor of STS-107, and pursue various activities that build awareness about space programs. It is chaired by Richard Gelfond, Co-Chief Executive and Co-Chairman of IMAX Corporation.
Volunteers from a wide variety of space, defense, and entertainment fields have given their time and resources to establish and guide the Columbia Memorial Trust. Trust members include Academy Award-winners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment who directed and produced, respectively, Apollo 13; former astronaut Frank Culbertson of SAIC; Alan Horn, President and COO of Warner Bros. Entertainment; former astronaut Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, President and CEO of COSI; Norman Augustine, Chairman Emeritus of Lockheed Martin Corporation; former astronaut Dr. Guion "Guy" Bluford of the Aerospace Technology Group; General Jack Dailey, Director of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum; Elliot Pulham, President and CEO of the Space Foundation; former astronaut Charles Bolden of TechTrans International; Richard Edelman, President and CEO of public relations firm Edelman; and Shawn Smeallie, Executive Director of the Trust and Managing Director, American Continental Group.
The Trust is also championed by an ex officio membership of public officials including Administrator O'Keefe and space pioneer and former U.S. Senator John Glenn.
The Administrator's remarks will be replayed on NASA Television. Anyone interested in attending the event should contact Laurie Rossbach, 202/326-1797.
For information about the Columbia Shuttle Memorial Trust on the Internet, visit:
A complete NASA TV schedule is available on the web at:
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