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Salute to the Dawn: ICF 40th Anniversary Gala


ICF 40th Anniversary Gala

Salute to the Dawn 1973 | Oil on Canvas |
Owen J. Gromme | 1896-1991

 Salute to the Dawn 
ICF 40th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, September 28, 2013
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin Milwaukee, WI 

Featured Speakers: Jane Goodall PhD, DBE, Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, and Dr. George Archibald, ICF Co-founder

Emcees: Jane Alexander and Dr. Richard Beilfuss, ICF CEO & President

Special Guest: Thomas D. Mangelsen

Gala Co-Chairs: Susan & Fred Foster, Mary & Terry Kohler,
Patti & Jack McKeithan, Wendy & Hank Paulson


Jane GoodallJane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

In July 1960, Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals.

In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program.

Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots with a group of Tanzanian students in 1991. Today, Roots & Shoots connects hundreds of thousands of youth in more than 120 countries who take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

Dr. Goodall travels an average of 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.

Dr. Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Dr. Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003, she was named a Dame of the British Empire.

For more information about Dr. Goodall and the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, please visit

Photo by Stuart Clarke


George ArchibaldGeorge Archibald, Ph.D., International Crane Foundation Co-founder

ICF Co-founder Dr. George Archibald has devoted his life to protecting cranes around the world and helping people to understand the global context of bird conservation. He is famous for raising crane chicks in captivity, imprinting chicks on people dressed to resemble adult cranes as closely as possible, and bringing people from diverse backgrounds together to help save cranes.

In 1973, with fellow Cornell University student Ron Sauey, Dr. Archibald founded ICF, which in 40 years has grown to be a world renowned environmental conservation organization. Dr. Archibald is a true conservation ambassador who uses his own unique brand of “crane diplomacy” to work in sensitive places, persuading countries and people to come together behind habitat and bird protection efforts. From Buddhist monks in Bhutan who see cranes as spiritual beings, to Chinese officials balancing economic development and land conservation, George is able to connect through the magic of cranes and leverage people’s interests into effective conservation actions.

In recognition of his accomplishments, Dr. Archibald has received four honorary doctorates and many awards including the Gold Medal from the World Wildlife Fund, a Fellows Award from the MacArthur Foundation, the Wildlife Conservation Medal from the Zoological Society of San Diego, the Lilly Medal presented by the Indianapolis Zoo, the Douglas H. Pimlott Award from Nature Canada, and most recently in 2013, the Inaugural Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership from the National Audubon Society, and was awarded the Order of Canada on Behalf of Queen Elizabeth II.  He and his wife, Kyoko, live in the countryside near ICF where they enjoy gardening and aviculture.


Jane AlexanderJane Alexander

Jane Alexander has had a long and distinguished career as an actress in film, television and the theatre. She was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1994 and won the prestigious Tony Award for her starring role on Broadway in The Great White Hope with James Earl Jones. Emmy Award winning roles include Playing for Time and Warm Springs as Sara Delano Roosevelt. Her other notable role as a Roosevelt was in the mini-series Eleanor and Franklin. She was nominated four times for the Academy Award for the films The Great White Hope, All the President’s Men, Kramer vs. Kramer and Testament. President Clinton appointed her Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1994 and the agency thrived despite threats of elimination under her tenure. A dedicated birder and conservationist, Ms. Alexander was awarded her most challenging role as Global Wildlife Ambassador by the Indianapolis Prize in 2012. She is an international traveler and spokesperson for wildlife conservation and wild places.

Photo by Joan Marcus


Rich BeilfussRich Beilfuss, Ph.D., International Crane Foundation CEO & President

Rich first joined ICF in 1988, conducting his graduate research on the restoration of important crane sites in Vietnam and Mozambique. From 1992-2005 he developed and directed the ICF Africa Program, spearheading long-term efforts to restore the water-stressed Zambezi River Basin for people and wildlife, and contributing to wetland conservation efforts and capacity building in more than a dozen African countries. From 2005-2009, Rich lived with his family in Mozambique, where he served as Director of Scientific Services for Gorongosa National Park. He speaks Portuguese and Nepali.

Rich is a leader in the emerging field of environmental flows, which focuses on managing water flows to sustain rivers, wetlands, and the human livelihoods and well-being that depend on these ecosystems. He serves as a Senior Advisor to the World Wildlife Fund and an Affiliate of the Natural Heritage Institute on water issues, and is an Adjunct Professor for the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering and for the University of Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, where he teaches courses and supervises students.


Tom MangelsenThomas D. Mangelsen

Thomas D. Mangelsen has long been recognized as one of the world’s premier nature photographers. Mangelsen’s limited edition prints have been collected by more people worldwide than any living nature photographer.

Not only an artist but also a conservationist, he was recently named Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature’s Best Photography. Mangelsen’s images are known for their exquisite composition, light, and animal behavior as well as illustrating a strong sense of place. Sensitivity to his subjects and a deep reverence for their surroundings is a defining mark of Mangelsen’s work.

In 2006, Tom was chosen as one of Jane Goodall’s Heroes of the Animal Planet and profiled in the television series of the same name. During his 40 years of image making, he has been profiled on CNN, National Geographic, NBC’s “The Today Show,” as well as many other television programs.

Mangelsen has been recognized as Wildlife Photographer of the Year by BBC Wildlife, as well as Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year by the North American Nature Photographer Association and named one of the “100 Most Important People in Photography” by American Photo Magazine. In 2002 he received an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society.

Tom’s outdoor ethics are deeply rooted in a childhood filled with adventure along the Platte River in Nebraska where he gained a passion for the wild that launched a lifetime commitment to the natural world.

For more information about Thomas D. Mangelsen, please visit his website at


Thank you to our lead table sponsors!

Whooping Crane Host

Dohmen Family Foundation
Patti and Jack McKeithan
Margery Nicolson


Siberian Crane Sponsor

Yuko and James Brumm
Anne and Hall Healy
Janet and James McKenna
Sandra and David Whitmore




ICF 40th Anniversary Weekend

ICF 40th Anniversary Gala

Photo by Jeffrey Phelps

The Milwaukee skyline was a stunning backdrop to our magical 40th Anniversary Gala weekend September 27-29!

Ibex Puppetry mesmerized students and visitors to Discovery World in Milwaukee, WI with their “Celebration of Flight” performance Friday afternoon. On Saturday, Dr. Jane Goodall’s message of hope energized over 500 attendees to our anniversary dinner hosted by ICF Co-founder Dr. George Archibald, with special guests actress Jane Alexander and photographer Tom Mangelsen. The celebration concluded on Sunday with a special performance by Ms. Alexander, who shared her love of birds with an intimate audience at the Al. Ringling Theatre in Baraboo, WI.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the celebration! View our photo album from the weekend.