Colorado has always been committed to space and with so many heroes connected to the state, we are honored to show our appreciation to the astronauts, aerospace executives, government officials, scholars and other public and private sector leaders who have contributed most significantly to the evolution, success and development of Colorado’s space economy as one of the most important in the nation and world.
Join us October 6, 2017, during World Space Week, for our 2nd annual gala. Proceeds benefit education and outreach programs of the Space Foundation in order to continue to inspire new heroes for generations.
Colorado Space Heroes 2nd Annual Gala
Friday, October 6, 2017
Mile High Station • Denver, Colorado
“Colorado is a powerhouse state in aerospace thanks to the many business, government, military and research leaders who have advanced our space capability and inspired our youth for space endeavors. The Space Foundation has been a catalyst to propel our economy and we are proud that they call Colorado home. Congratulations to the courageous leaders with the Foundation's Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame.”
—Gov. John W. Hickenlooper
For leading NASA's New Horizons mission to the Pluto system and the Kuiper Belt, his work as a planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant and author; named to the Time 100 in 2007 and 2016
For his work on space programs at Martin Marietta; for his leadership as President of Martin Marietta Denver Aerospace, and President of Martin Marietta Space Group; his global industry leadership as President and Chief Operating Officer of Lockheed Martin Corp.; and his service as 13th Director of the National Reconnaissance Office and Under Secretary of the U.S. Air Force
For his work as Commander in Chief, North American Air Defense Command, Commander in Chief, North American Aerospace Defense Command, and as the first Commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command
For his work as a NASA astronaut; Professor and Director, Systems Engineering Programs, Colorado State University; Director of Defense Research & Engineering; and leadership in the U.S. Air Force Reserve (retired Major General)
Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
Maj. Gen. Jay H. Lindell, USAF (Ret.)
Colorado Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion
Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance
Col. Gary Eugene Payton, USAF (Ret.)
Former NASA Astronaut and Instructor, U.S. Air Force Academy
100% of proceeds directly support Space Foundation science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs, thanks to a generous anonymous contributor.
Pre-Dinner Reception Sponsor
Colorado Space Coalition
Colorado State University Online
El Pomar Foundation
University of Colorado
Sponsorship opportunities for the inaugural Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame Gala include:
Premier Sponsor • $25,000
After-Dinner Reception Sponsor • $10,000
Astronaut Table Sponsor • $7,500
Table Sponsor • $5,000
To sponsor, please contact Gina Taranto at [email protected] or +1.719.576.8000.