WASHINGTON – Two bald eagles from Pigeon Forge were carried to congressional offices Monday and Tuesday to build good will for a big increase in federal funding for the states’ fish and wildlife protection programs.
Challenger the Bald Eagle
Washington, D.C. – When the subject of federal grants for State wildlife programs comes up in the new United States Congress, there will be a very visible and effective lobbyist from Tennessee on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol Building. His name is Challenger, and he’s an American Bald Eagle cared for by the non-profit American Eagle Foundation, headquartered at Dolly Parton’s Dollywood entertainment park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
CHICAGO — ‘Challenger’ – a 15-year old Bald Eagle – soared through the skies over Wrigley Field today during the Oak Ridge Boys’ singing of the National Anthem to raise awareness of the new Illinois Military Family Relief Fund.
NEW YORK — America’s eagle ambassador is taking to the skies over America’s greatest baseball parks, kicking off a new season of ‘America’s pastime’ with patriotic flair. ‘Challenger,’ the flying symbol of the American Eagle Foundation is in New York to fly over Yankee stadium tomorrow, April 8th, to open the team’s season and to honor America.
Super slugger Barry Bonds enjoys a casual pre-game visit by American Eagle Foundation President Al Louis Cecere and Challenger, the celebrity Bald Eagle, in the Giants locker room at Pacific Bell Park.
Challenger, the Bald Eagle, may be soaring to new heights of super-stardom during the coming year. If the non-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF) gets its wish, the thirteen year-old free flying wonder will soon be featured in children’s books, a line of toys, and even on the silver screen. If those dreams come true, 2002 and beyond could be very prosperous for the U.S.A.’s freedom symbol.
It turns out that Challenger is a very busy bird. The 12-year-old bald eagle, whose spectacular fly-over punctuated the national anthem for the first two games of this World Series, spent most of yesterday as a passenger on George Steinbrenner’s private jet.
The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Contributions to the American Eagle Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
The AEF's tax identification number is 58-1652023.
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