Part-time Parkites To Fund Nobel Peace Prize Concert
November 22, 2013
Nobel Peace Prize Concert organizers announced earlier this month that U.S.-based The Thomas L. Pearson and The Pearson Family Members Fund will once again be the "global benefactor" of the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 11. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded annually to an individual or organization whose work exemplifies a spirit of hope and leadership that will help promote peace in the world.
Brothers Thomas and Timothy Pearson call Park City home several months of the year, primarily during the summer and winter ski seasons. "Although we learned to ski in Colorado over 30 years ago, we learned to love skiing here in Utah," said Thomas Pearson, who bought, along with his brother Tim, a condominium in Deer Valley over 25 years ago. More recently, Tom purchased a home at The Colony inside the boundaries of Canyons Resort. The ski-in-ski-out home is headquarters for the Pearsons when they’re in town. The brothers also enjoy golfing at Glenwild, where Tom is a member, and fly fishing in the Park City area.
The Peace Prize Concert is held annually to honor the Nobel Peace Prize recipient, awarded this year to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The gala musical celebration is attended by thousands and broadcast to millions in over 130 countries around the world. The Pearson Fund is essentially funding the concert.
"We’re very proud to once again be the global benefactor of the concert," said Timothy Pearson, co-managing family member. "We are committed to helping recognize individuals and entities who embrace the ideals of Alfred Nobel, and who make a difference in the global society in which we live."
The two brothers grew up in Iowa, twin sons of a prominent minister there. "Our father was pastor of the largest Methodist congregation in the state for an extended period of time and our mother was a college professor," said Tom. "Our parents placed a high value on education and public service. A call to service was instilled in all four sons at an early age."
Both brothers have forged highly successful careers. Tom, who now bases himself in both Park City and Tulsa, Okla., is a sought-after international advisor, prominent in the worlds of business, law and international finance. Tim, who lives alternately in Park City, Saddle River, N.J., and Atlanta, Ga., is founder and CEO of a marketing management and consulting firm serving the Fortune 1,000. He is author of the New York Times bestselling book, "The Old Rules Of Marketing Are Dead," a highly sought advisor to senior management and a frequent keynote speaker at industry conferences, leadership meetings and on the lecture circuit.
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As their careers and business interests progressed over the last several decades, the brothers joined forces with other family members, David and Philip, to create the family fund. They’ve come full circle, returning to the core values that formed them in the heartland of the country.
"The Pearson Family Fund, through philanthropy and educational initiatives, seeks to encourage and recognize individuals and entities that have demonstrated a significant positive impact on worldwide peace and conflict resolution," said Tom. " supporting these Nobel activities, we hope to foster a global understanding of peace that aligns with the spirit of the Nobel Peace Prize, which has been awarded to individuals and organizations for more than a century.
"This global benefactor role represents the Pearson family’s continued and growing participation with the Nobel Peace Center and Nobel Peace Prize Concert," Tom continued. "Importantly, it underscores our family’s commitment to inspire and encourage the ongoing discussion and resolution of global conflicts. We fervently share the hope for a world that is at peace."
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has expressed their appreciation to the Pearson family. "The Pearsons’ continued generous support will help us create a truly memorable evening to honor and celebrate the achievements and contributions of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons," said committee secretary Geir Lundestad.
"At our heart, we want to support causes that significantly support efforts aimed at international conflict resolution and global peace. What we’re trying to do is advance our commitment as a family to make a difference in the society in which we all live," said Tim.
The Nobel Peace Prize is the most prestigious award in the world, honoring icons such as Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, and other remarkable individuals and organizations. For the past nineteen years, a concert to honor the recipient has followed the Peace Prize ceremony the next day and is broadcast globally.
Actress Claire Danes will co-host this year’s broadcast event, the 20th annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert. The concert will feature nine-time Grammy award winner Mary J. Blige, British singer-songwriter James Blunt and other well-known international performers to be announced by Nobel in coming weeks.
The Pearson brothers will leave next week for Oslo. Soon after the Nobel awards ceremony and concert, however, they hope to be back in Park City to relax and ski on their beloved Utah snow.
For more on the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, the Pearson brothers and The Thomas L. Pearson and The Pearson Family Members Fund, go to http://www.nobelpeaceprizeconcert.org and click on "benefactor" (upper right).
Steve Phillips is a Park City-based writer and actor. Send your profile comments and suggestions to him at email@example.com
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