Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Ward Connerly to Receive 2005 Bradley Prize

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January 18, 2005 Shirley & Banister Public Affairs

(703) 739-5920/(800) 536-5920

Equality Advocate Ward Connerly To Receive

2005 Bradley Prize

for Outstanding Achievement

Second of Four Prize Recipients Announced Today

Milwaukee, WI— The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation announced today that one of four 2005 Bradley Prizes to honor outstanding achievement will be awarded to longtime activist Ward Connerly.

“Ward Connerly is being recognized for achievements that are consistent with the mission statement of the Foundation, including the promotion of liberal democracy, equality, democratic capitalism, and a vigorous defense of American institutions,” said Michael W. Grebe, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bradley Foundation. “Mr. Connerly embodies our legacy of honoring meritorious achievement.”

Mr. Connerly and three other recipients will be presented the awards during a ceremony to be held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, February 16, 2005. Each award carries a stipend of $250,000.

Ward Connerly is one of the most respected thinkers and advocates on matters of equality in the United States. He is the founder of the American Civil Rights Institute. As chairman of the California Civil Rights Initiative, Mr. Connerly successfully organized the Proposition 209 campaign to end preferential treatment in public education, employment and contracting. He has been featured prominently in nearly every American news publication and he is the author of the autobiographical Creating Equal: My Fight Against Race Preferences.

Ward Connerly was selected based on nominations solicited from more than 100 prominent individuals. The winners were ultimately chosen by a selection committee that includes Michael W. Grebe, Chairman, Honorable Robert H. Bork, Pierre S. du Pont, Ambassador Jeanne J. Kirkpatrick, Charles Krauthammer, Thomas L. Rhodes, Dianne J. Sehler and Thomas L. Smallwood.

“Through the Bradley Prizes, we recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions and we hope to encourage others to strive for excellence in their respective fields,” said Mr. Grebe.

Founded in 1985, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation is devoted to strengthening American democratic capitalism and the institutions, principles and values that sustain and nurture it. Its programs support limited, competent government; a dynamic marketplace for economic, cultural activity; and a vigorous defense, at home and abroad, of American ideas and institutions. Recognizing that responsible self-government depends on enlightened citizens and informed public opinion, the Foundation supports scholarly studies and academic achievement.

To schedule an interview with Bradley Foundation President & CEO, Michael Grebe, please contact Kevin McVicker with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at (703) 739-5920 or (800) 536-5920.

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