The Stony Brook Foundation is paying tribute to Prince Albert II at a gala event at Cipriani in New York City for his commitment and dedication to ocean conservation and sustainability.
The Stony Brook Foundation, an entity dedicated to benefitting scholarships for students at Stony Brook University in New York, is holding its annual Stars of Stony Brook gala event on 13th April.
This year, Prince Albert II will be honoured, along with the President Emeritus of Stanford University John L. Hennessy, as two inspirations in their respective fields.
Prince Albert’s work on ocean conservation and environmental awareness are the catalysts for his selection, whilst Mr Hennessey’s special gifts lie in his transformative work in computer science and electrical engineering.
“This year’s remarkable honourees reflect the ethos of our university,” said Stony Brook Foundation Chair Richard Gelfond. “Both HSH Prince Albert II and John Hennessy, one of our most esteemed and accomplished alumni, are reflective of the impactful and innovative vision for the future of Stony Brook and of our shared world.”
Since its creation 23 years ago in 2000, the Stars of Stony Brook has raised over $64 million (€57.3 million) for scholarships and programmes of academic and clinical excellence. Proceeds from the event this year will go entirely to scholarships.
“It’s no secret that today’s students are navigating in a very challenging environment,” said President Maurie McInnis. “Even more so for Stony Brook students, many of whom are first-generation college students already challenged by financial obstacles. Friends of the Foundation’s annual gala share our determination to ensure Stony Brook continues to be a national leader in social mobility. Through continued financial support and by honouring individuals whose life’s work is a true inspiration, we strive to provide our students with opportunities that will make an impact on their lives.”
Prince Albert II has been a fierce environmentalist for decades and, through his Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, has handed out over $1 billion in philanthropy to several environmental organisations. His tireless work has made him a respected figure on the world stage as well as closer to home.
Photo by Gaetan Luci, Prince’s Palace