Challenger & Mr. Lincoln Soar Coast to Coast Spring/Summer 2016
January – July 2016
Challenger wrapped up 2015 with a momentous and impressive flight on New Years Eve at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. After a month of rest, we embarked upon another busy travel season, flying and driving all over the country with Challenger and a couple other of our Bald Eagles to educate the public and inspire them to preserve this majestic species.
69th Horatio Alger Awards Ceremony • Washington, D.C.
On April 1st, Challenger flew over the crowd at his 12th Horatio Alger Awards Ceremony. The American Eagle Foundation is grateful to be a part of this amazing event year after year.
Celebrity Fight Night • Scottsdale, Arizona
On April 9th, Challenger soared for the 11th time over the glitzy and glamorous guests at the 22nd Annual Celebrity Fight Night Gala. Little did we know, this would be the last Fight Night that the Champ, Muhammed Ali, would be alive to see. We are honored to have been a part of this event for so many years, and we pay tribute to an incredible man who has done so much to help fight Parkinson’s Disease.
100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 • Indianapolis, IN
On April 29th, millions of race fans from around the world got a very brief glimpse of the celebrity Bald Eagle “Challenger” as he soared over Turn One at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the singing of God Bless America (Indianapolis Children’s Choir) before the start of the Indy 500’s 100th Running race.
Advocare Success School • Dallas, TX
On July 14th, Bald Eagle “Mr. Lincoln” made his first stadium flight debut! After months of rewarding training, the AEF team flew to Dallas with Mr. Lincoln, where he dove over a crowd of 18,000 people at AT&T Stadium for Advocare’s Success School convention during the singing of God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood.
“So the World May Hear” Fundraising Gala • St. Paul, Minnesota
For the fourth year running, Bald Eagle “Mr. Lincoln” flew at the Starkey Hearing Technologies annual fundraising gala on July 17th, which raises money to supply hearing aids to underprivileged, hearing-impaired individuals around the globe.
Team National Convention
In March, we traveled to Dallas where Challenger flew in his largest ballroom to date (over 4,000 people!) at the Team National “Elevate” Convention on March 17th…trainer and handler Julia Cecere even sang the National Anthem at this event!
Hallmark Memorial Day Special
We didn’t have to travel very far for this one…Dolly Parton hosted a Memorial Day Celebration at Dollywood in cooperation with the Hallmark Channel. Hallmark Home & Family did a special episode about the AEF and Challenger participated in the Memorial Day celebration at Dollywood.