SOURCE: X PRIZE Foundation

X PRIZE Foundation

April 21, 2010 16:43 ET

The X PRIZE Foundation Charity Fundraiser "Takes Flight" Adding Iconic Experiences to Growing List of Prizes

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 21, 2010) - Already being touted as a sensational event, the X PRIZE Foundation Charity Fundraiser continues to build momentum as additional prizes and celebrities have been secured, guaranteeing more winners and an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Newly added prizes include test flights in the revolutionary amphibious sport aircraft, the ICON A5; a luxury VIP golf vacation to La Paz, Mexico and other vacation packages. These prizes join previously announced offerings, including a trip to space with Virgin Galactic, a 2010 Tesla Roadster and the opportunity for one individual to have his or her genome fully sequenced.

The fundraiser will take place at a private mansion in Pacific Palisades on Saturday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m.

The roster of guests include sports team owners, professional athletes, CEOs, venture capitalists, philanthropists and award winning Hollywood producers & entertainers. The evening caters to all skill levels and attendees will have the rare opportunity to get lessons from poker professionals like Annie Duke, Chris Ferguson, Rafe Furst, Phil Gordon and Andy Bloch.

This charity fundraiser will raise money for the X PRIZE Foundation. Founded in 1996, the X PRIZE Foundation tackles the world's greatest challenges in the areas of Life Sciences, Energy & Environment, Education & Global Development and Exploration (Space & Oceans). Through the development of ground-breaking competitions, X PRIZE incites collaboration among the world's most brilliant minds to address these issues.

"Competition stokes the creative fire and the drive to win leads to heroic acts. The X PRIZE Foundation looks to catalyze breakthrough innovations that benefit humanity through well designed incentivized competitions. X PRIZE is proud to host the first annual fundraiser of this kind in collaboration with our great sponsors and supporters," said Robert K. Weiss, Vice Chair and President of the X PRIZE Foundation. "The attendees will be competing with each other and to play a significant part in creating a better future."

New prizes:

  • The exclusive opportunity to privately test fly a pre-production ICON A5. Winners will be flown by helicopter from Los Angeles to the ICON facility in Tehachapi to experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the design process and will be met by a private pilot to embark on the flight of a lifetime. Pilot license holders can even fly the gravity defying aircraft themselves.
  • Play at the Bay VIP Golf Package to Bahia de los Suenos Resort in La Paz, Mexico. This four day/three night deluxe package is provided through the generosity of Bahia de los Suenos Resort and its alliance partner GranSueno Resort. This golfer's paradise package includes roundtrip ground transportation from either La Paz International Airport or Los Cabos International Airport, two rounds of golf per day at Bahia's new Tom Doak designed golf course, including cart rental, and much more.
  • Luxurious For Your Health Package fit for the gods. The winner of this prize will be pampered with a one night stay in a lavish corner suite and access to an exclusive poolside cabana at the Montage Beverly Hills, two private Yoga sessions and one bottle of BV Georges De Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon through the Beaulieu Vineyard. After the many indulgences, Safe Ride Solutions will be on call to ensure safe travels home, where the winner can enjoy two 120-minute in-home massages and a brand new Street Strider donated by Lorenzo Neal. 

Additional top prizes of the evening:

  • An out-of-this-world suborbital flight with Virgin Galactic. The winner of this prize will have the chance to experience complete weightlessness onboard SpaceShipTwo, set to launch later this year.
  • The new 2010 Tesla Roadster. This head-turning electric sports car goes from 0-60 in under four seconds.
  • The opportunity to be among the first one hundred people to have their genome fully sequenced. 

While vying for their chance at these unbelievable prizes, guests will have a 'high roller' experience as they dine and sip spirits and wine from Sterling Vineyards and Johnnie Walker, and rub elbows with the biggest names in the gaming and entertainment industries. Activities of the evening will range from blackjack and baccarat to a celebrity poker tournament during which guests can hold 'em, fold 'em, and call a bluff on some of the best players in the business. To relax after a tense game, Massage by Patricia will be ready to soothe the body, while a personal cigar sommelier will ease the mind.

A few tickets are still available and interested guests should contact Kacy Qua (310) 741 4920 or go to the website. The X PRIZE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and ticket purchases are a tax deductible donation (less any value of prize won). Tax details will be provided to attendees.

The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational nonprofit prize institute whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. In 2004, the Foundation captured world headlines when Burt Rutan, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, built and flew the world's first private vehicle to space to win the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE. The Foundation has since launched the $10 million Archon X PRIZE for Genomics, the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE and the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. The Foundation is creating and conducting competitions in four prize groups: Exploration (Space and Oceans), Life Sciences, Energy & Environment, Education & Global Development. For more information, please visit

*Donations are not in any way to be considered as payment for the opportunity to participate in the event activities. This is a private event with the proceeds directly benefitting the X PRIZE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The event is being held at a private location and is not open to the public. Only ticketed persons will be allowed admittance to the event. There is no buy-in and chips used in the tournament will have no cash value. Chips used at the event cannot be exchanged for any amount of currency or anything of value at any time, whatsoever. Attendance at the event acknowledges guests' understanding and acceptance of these terms and conditions as well as posted tournament rules. 

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