Veterinarians International Presidential Award Recipients
The VIP award is given to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional impact in the areas of human, animal, and/or environmental health.
Andy Sabin is a passionate environmentalist and dedicated philanthropist. As president and CEO of Sabin Metal Corporation and founder of Sabin Commodities, Andy has used his business acumen to fund important environmental projects throughout the world and most especially on the East End of Long Island where he is a substantial supporter of the YMCA in East Hampton.
Andy’s passion to preserve our air, water, flora and fauna earned him the title of “Salamander Commander” when he was the first to document the endangered Eastern Tiger Salamander on Long Island. Two frogs have been named for Andy: Centrolene sabini also known as the Sabin Glass Frog and Aphantophryne sabini, a frog species endemic to Papua New Guinea. A recently discovered Rhampholean sabinii pigmy chameleon will be named for Andy in 2015.
In 1988, Andy created the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center our of his concern for the area’s fragile ecosystem, to increase public awareness of this issue and to share the joy of learning about and exploring nature.
As a trustee and treasurer of the Evan Frankel Foundation, Andy made grants in excess of $18 million for the humanities and the environment. He realized Evan Frankel’s vision to create a cemetery connected to the Jewish Center of the Hamptons that is a quiet place of spirituality and natural beauty.
In 2008 with the goal of making his philanthropy more impactful, Andy established the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation inspiring his family to become more involved in philanthropy. Each year the ASFF makes more than 200 grants that focus on the environment and preservation of amphibian and reptilian species and their habitats.
Andy’s philanthropy is extensive and includes funding cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center and genetic research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In addition the ASFF has funded the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, the Emmet Center in Climate Change at UCLA School of Law, The Yale Center for Business and Environment with an annual $25,000 prize for the most promising sustainable related start-up and a significant number of scholarships at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science to international graduate students who commit to continue their work back in their home countries.
Andy is a great friend of Veterinarians International where his loyal support has been integral to our continued success.
Gerald Barad is a second generation hotelier, co-owner of the Triumph Hotels brand and has been an active investor in commercial and multifamily residential real estate in New York City for over 20 years.
In February 2014, with his business partner Shimmie Horn, Barad united seven iconic boutique properties to form the Triumph Hotels brand: The Iroquois New York in Midtown, Hotel Chandler in the Flatiron District, Hotel Belleclaire on the Upper West Side, the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Tribeca, The Evelyn Hotel in NoMad, The Hotel Edison in Times Square and the Washington Jefferson Hotel in the Theater District.
In addition to his prominent role in New York City hotels, Barad is the founder of Generations Against Genocide, a non-profit organization that draws upon the lessons of the Holocaust to bring attention to the plight of genocide victims worldwide.
In Sept 2014 Barad opened Castillo Rojo, an iconic local mansion converted into a boutique hotel in Santiago, Chile. While in Chile he noticed the plight of free roaming dogs and felt compelled to try to make a difference. After meeting Dr. Magda, Barad decided to become one of the founding members and supporters of VI. His contribution enabled VI to fund the salaries of 2 veterinarians, and purchase $8000 of medical supplies for our Chilean partner, the Global Alliance for Animals and People in 2015.
Barad received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Emory University and a graduate degree in social work from the University of Southern California.
Christie Brinkley has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers worldwide. She is also an artist, writer, photographer, designer, actress, philanthropist & environmentalist.
As a passionate humanitarian, Christie, along with her model daughter, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, traveled to South Africa and Kenya in 2013, in support of The First Lady of Kenya’s “Hands Off Our Elephant” Campaign and Anti- Elephant and Rhino Poaching Campaigns of The United States and South Africa. Christie was also one of the leaders in the worlds first International March for Elephants in New York City of October 2013.
She has also received many honors for her work protecting our health and the environment. She sits on the Board of Directors of The Global Security Institute and Radiation and Public Health Project, whose aim is to promote security thru the elimination of nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants. She has spoken on their behalf at both the United Nations, and the U.S. Senate. She wants all kids to get an education and to that end, has created a Scholarship Fund at Ross School in EH, NY.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Richard Lair has lived and worked with Asian elephants, and has been a member of the IUCN/SSC AsESG, the UN’s Asian Elephant Specialist Group for over 30 years. He wrote the first scientific paper on the numbers and status of Thai domesticated elephants, and in 1997 wrote Gone Astray: The Care and Management of the Asian Elephant in Domesticity, for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He is working on a review of Thai law on both wild and domesticated elephants. Richard Lair has been interviewed on many television shows (BBC, Animal Planet, National Geographic, The Daily Show) and his work has been featured in TIME magazine, the New York Times, and others