Giveaway: Be My Guest at Conde Nast Travelers Visionaries Gala in NYC

by on September 4, 2012 · 14 comments

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Conde Nast Traveler is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a huge gala on the evening of Tuesday, September 18 at 6pm, at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City to honor the 12 “remarkable global citizens” doing extraordinary things across the world detailed in this issue’s “Visionaries 2012” feature. I’ll be attending the black tie-optional event and I have an extra ticket to give away and I want to take one of my readers with me to enjoy the evening’s festivities. Here’s what you have to do to enter:

Have a look at the roster of individuals included in Conde Nast Traveler’s Visionaries feature (I’ll list them below) and Tweet me @thepointsguy telling me which one you think has made the most impact and use the hashtag #tpgguest at the end of your Tweet. (If you need a Twitter account, you can sign-up for a free one here). All Tweets must be received by 11:59pm ET on Thursday, September 6 and I’ll randomly select the winner and announce them on Friday, September 7.

Here is the list of visionaries and the organizations they lead or the work they do:

Nicholas D. Kristof: New York Times columnist and author who travels around the world reporting on gender inequality and other atrocities.

Somaly Mam and Susan Sarandon: Founder and fundraiser (respectively) of Cambodian shelters that help free and rehabilitate former Cambodian sex slaves.

Richard Branson: Founder of Virgin Group and philanthropist for various sustainability and environmental causes.

Jochen Zeitz: Chief sustainability officer of PPR, a French luxury company, who is raising awareness of environmental responsibility in the luxury goods and travel industries.

Olivia Wilde: Acress and co-founder of the first free secondary school in Haiti, the Academy for Peace and Justice, built to educate children from some of Port-au-Prince’s poorest areas.

Michael Bloomberg: Mayor of New York City and chairman of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group for changing the way city’s fight climate change.

Ai Weiwei: Controversial dissident artists challenging Chinese authorities.

Gary White: Co-founder of, organizes micro-loans for water resources in the third world.

Okello Sam: Former child soldier who opened a secondary school for other uprooted survivors in northern Uganda.

Christy Turlington Burns: Former supermodel and founder of Every Mother Counts charity raising support to address maternal health issues in developing countries.

Hillary Clinton: US Secretary of State changing the way the world views America, as well as how America sees its own role in world affairs.

You can only enter the contest once, so make your Tweet count! Also, please note, this giveaway will just be a ticket to attend the event at Lincoln Center the evening of the 18th. I will not be providing any travel to NYC or accommodations, but I do have a car service arranged for the event, so you’ll have the option to meet me at my midtown hotel at 5:30pm and go from there.

I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on these visionaries and can’t wait to meet one of you in New York in a couple weeks!

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  • hc

    Brian, are you looking for a date? ;)

  • thepointsguy

    I’m shamelessly using my blog for a +1 ;-)

  • gary leff

    Well I’ll see you there in any case! Haven’t decided what to wear though — I don’t usually think of the suggested ‘cocktail attire’ as “black tie” but rather “dark suit” (for men), no?

  • thepointsguy

    My invite originally said black tie and then I got a call saying optional. I’m just going to wear a nice suit and call it a day. See you there!

  • Kitty

    “gender inequality and other atrocities”? I’m not for a moment suggesting that gender inequality is trivial, but “atrocity” isn’t exactly the best choice of word here.

  • Kathy K

    Well, you’ve had the most impact in many ways, and Michael Bloomberg has had virtually no positive impact. I’m torn between two persons – Hillary Clinton and Richard Branson. Each visionaries in different ways. Over the years have come to truly appreciate and respect Hillary Clinton’s work, including groundbreaking work for humanity – all of our humanity -that she has done. I’d be honored to meet her, and shake her hand. I once thought the term “it takes a village” was trite, but I now believe its a work of art. I’d also love to meet Richard Branson too – maybe go for a ride in a hot air balloon, or a jog, with him. I’d love to work for him. Here a speech by him. He is a visionary on so many levels.

    ah, I wish I could write a song, but I think that’s been done already.

  • thepointsguy

    I’d also like to meet Sir Richard.. one day I’m sure!

  • JohnBirch

    And risk getting molested and date-raped by you? NO THANKS

  • Kathy K

    Sir Brian has a nice ring to it.

  • Traveler

    I hope I win-I’m dying to go!!!

  • heatheresq

    Dammit, I am in NY and have several black tie ready gowns. Unfortunately, I’m not on twitter. Best!

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  • Dhull95

    Bloomberg, Clinton, Kristoff, Sarandon? I can’t imagine a larger collection fools from the statist Left. I for one will pass on this one. Brian, I LOVE your blog, but to call these folks visionaries is truly a stretch. They do have a vision, though. They envision America as a land of tyranny with “equality” for all the “masses” while they live in luxury at the top of the pyramid. God help us if these folks ever get their way.

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