Silicon Valley Luminaries Gather to Honor Ocean Conservation Work of Intel Co-Founder Gordon Moore at David Packard Award Dinner 2016
Biennial event raises nearly $4 Million for Monterey Bay Aquarium education programs at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Headquarters. Highlights included tributes from Event Chair Meg Whitman; Co-Chair Bill Gates; Monterey Bay Aquarium Director Julie Packard and Board Chair Stephen C. Neal
May 17, 2016
(Palo Alto, CA)—On Saturday, May 14, 2016, an all-star lineup of Silicon Valley’s most iconic technology companies and industry titans joined a global group of ocean conservationists and science leaders to honor visionary Intel co-founder and ocean leader Gordon Moore at the biennial Monterey Bay Aquarium David Packard Award Dinner. Hewlett Packard Enterprise headquarters in Palo Alto was transformed into an ocean-themed pavilion, chaired by its President & CEO Meg Whitman, for an event that raised nearly $4 million to support the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s path-breaking conservation efforts and education initiatives and the Aquarium’s new Center for Ocean Education and Leadership.
“It is so important that we use the technology available to us to learn about our oceans, which have such a huge impact on the future health of our entire planet,” said Meg Whitman in her welcoming remarks. ” I am deeply grateful to all of you for supporting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and its work to understand and protect our oceans.”
Julie Packard and Meg Whitman welcomed over 400 guests as they made their way on the blue carpet and into the Hewlett Packard Enterprise lobby for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. Inaugural David Packard Award recipient and former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Schulz chatted with his wife Charlotte and friends Ann and Gordon Getty as Gordon Moore mingled with other Silicon Valley leaders including Vinod Khosla, Brian Krzanich, Pierre Lamond and John Doerr.
A temporary pavilion filled with moving images of crashing waves and Monterey Bay ocean life provided a dramatic backdrop for the dinner. The program was emceed by Meg Whitman with a keynote address by Marcia McNutt, incoming President of the National Academy of Sciences, and included a scene-stealer video message by event co-chair Bill Gates. Monterey Bay Aquarium Executive Director Julie Packard and Board of Trustees Chairman Stephen C. Neal presented Gordon Moore with the prestigious David Packard Award, a commissioned glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly. During dinner, Julie Packard praised the many accomplishments of honoree Gordon Moore and discussed the link between Gordon’s legacy and that of her father David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett Packard and the Monterey Bay Aquarium – as an innovator, entrepreneur and ocean conservationist.
Guests were moved by Gordon Moore’s acceptance speech—which conveyed a multitude of thoughts and memories about his life, work, and fishing with David Packard.
“I really am honored to get this award,” Gordon Moore said. “It really makes me proud. David Packard had so much influence on what went on in this Valley, in the nation and in the world.”
They also took heed of Marcia McNutt’s cautionary words about the critical role the global ocean plays in mitigating the impacts of global climate change, and the urgent need to address the challenge.
“While we’ve been working to save the oceans, the oceans are saving us,” Marcia McNutt said. "If it were not for the oceans, the amount of global warming we would otherwise experience would be truly intolerable."
The evening was capped by Julie Packard’s inspiring remarks about the achievements and vision of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, followed by a video highlighting the global impact of Monterey Bay Aquarium’s research and conservation programs.
“Everyone here tonight has had a hand in putting the Monterey Bay Aquarium on the map,” Julie Packard said. “I am so deeply grateful for your support and energized by your confidence in our work. Today, thanks to you and to our fantastic team, our research tells us we are the most admired aquarium in the world. And, we’re well on our way to pursuing my dream of leading a transformation of public aquariums worldwide to be agents for change.”
Event co-chairs included Marc Benioff (Salesforce), Peter Bing, John Chambers (Cisco), John Doerr (Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers), Bill Gates, Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures), Brian Krzanich (Intel), Pitch Johnson, Steve Luczo (Seagate), Shantanu Narayen (Adobe), Arthur Rock, and Inaugural David Packard Award recipient George P. Shultz. Vice Chairs included John H.N. Fisher, Tom Patterson (Madrone Capital); Satya Nadella (Microsoft); Paul Roche (McKinsey & Company); and John Thompson (Microsoft).
Notable guests included:
Taylor and Stephanie Barada; Ned and Jimi Barnholt; Craig and Barbara Barrett; Peter Bing; George Blumenthal; Anne Bonaparte; Gary and Catherine Briggs; Warner Chabot; Mark Cowin; John and Ann Doerr; Ann and Gordon Getty; Caroline Getty; Bing and Debra Gordon; Jen‐Hsun and Lori Huang; Pitch and Cathie Johnson; Vinod and Neeru Khosla; Brian and Brandee Krzanich; Pierre and Christine Lamond; Bill and Jeanne Landreth; Carol Larson; Cathie Lesjack; Stephen and Agatha Luczo; Bob and Connie Lurie; Ken Moore; Steve Moore; Marcia McNutt; James and Becky Morgan; Stephen C. Neal and Michelle Rhyu; Susan Orr; Paul and Sandy Otellini; Julie Packard; Barbara and Carl Page; Tom and Kristi Patterson; Paul and Suzanne Roche; Arthur Rock and Toni Rembe; Tom Rosenbaum and Kathy Faber; George and Charlotte Shultz; Larry and Barbara Sonsini; Marc Tessier-Lavigne; John and Sandi Thompson; Mark Wan; Dion and Shelley Weisler; and Meg Whitman and Griffith Harsh.
David Packard Award Dinner Menu:
The environmentally sustainable menu for the reception and seated dinner was created by Margaret Teskey of Taste Catering and Event Planning.
Amuse bouche: Spring pea and mint soup with black pepper and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese straws
First course: Chilled local delta asparagus with Bellwether fresh sheep’s ricotta, baby beets, nettle puree and hazelnut oil.
Entrée: Alaskan halibut with Bloomsdale spinach, carrots, fava beans, spring peas, purple cauliflower, kalettes and jus.
Dessert: Raspberry panna cotta and five-layer chocolate cake.
Event production by Jason Pulido Blueprint Studios.
Gordon Moore co-founded Intel in 1968, serving initially as executive vice president. He became president and chief executive officer in 1975 and held that post until elected chairman and chief executive officer in 1979. He remained CEO until 1987 and was named chairman emeritus in 1997, stepping down in 2006. Gordon is widely known for “Moore's Law,” when in 1965 he predicted that the number of components the industry would be able to place on a computer chip would double every year. In 1975, he updated his prediction to once every two years. Because of changing technology, the industry now achieves this approximately every 18 months. “Moore’s Law” has become the guiding principle for the industry to deliver ever-more powerful semiconductor chips at proportionate decreases in cost. In practical terms, this means faster, cheaper chips with more functionality that powers everything from a laptop computer, cell phones, GPS, cleaner car emissions/skid control/antilock brakes, and digital cameras, to medical devices that non-invasively see inside the body, and literally hundreds of thousands of other uses. Gordon received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, from George W. Bush in 2002. He received the National Medal of Technology from President George H. W. Bush in 1990. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He served as chairman of the board of trustees of the California Institute of Technology from 1995 until the beginning of 2001 and continues now as a Life Trustee. With his wife Betty, in 2000 he established the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, to create positive outcomes for future generations through support of path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements, and preservation of the special character of the San Francisco Bay Area.
DAVID PACKARD AWARD / MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM
The nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium has earned distinction as one of the world’s premiere public aquariums and a respected global ocean conservation leader. It is dedicated to a singular mission—to inspire conservation of the ocean. Since opening in 1984, the Aquarium has welcomed more than 58 million visitors, and hosted more than 2.2 million students and teachers for free education programs. Its global research work contributes to the recovery of ocean ecosystems and key wildlife species like sea otters, white sharks and bluefin tuna. The Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program works with businesses to lead a markets-based transformation of fishing and aquaculture practices around the world. The Aquarium champions legislation to improve ocean health, from banning the shark fin trade in California, to phasing out plastic microbeads from consumer products nationwide. All of this work is supported by the largest member and donor base of any public aquarium: nearly 80,000 households representing 276,844 individuals on six continents. Learn more at www.montereybayaquarium.org.