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Vulcan Founder and Chairman Honored With Ischia Humanitarian Award

7/20/2015

Vulcan Founder and Chairman Honored With Ischia Humanitarian Award

7/20/2015

ISOLA d'ISCHIA, Italy --  Vulcan founder and chairman Paul G. Allen was recognized Saturday at the Ischia Global Film and Music Festival with the Ischia Humanitarian Award.

Organizers of the event honored Allen for his contributions to social issues through his philanthropic efforts. In the past year alone, Allen has funded projects that are fighting climate change, innovating Alzheimer's research and even finding new ways to combat elephant poaching among others.

"We are honored [to have] an extraordinary personality like Paul Allen who after contributing to the advancement of technology today gives much of his wealth to humanitarian purposes and for scientific research," said Ischia Global founder and producer Pascal Vicedomini. 

Held on a island off the coast of Naples, the festival is in its 13th year and honors contributors from the film and music worlds. The festival also seeks to create collaboration and change by bringing people together. 

This was of particular significance to Allen as he urged those in attendance to realize the power of stories to effect change, particularly through film. This is the goal of the partnership around the upcoming documentary, "Racing Extinction," a film that highlights man's role in a potential mass extinction. 

Allen joins past recipients of the Ischia Humanitarian Award including Luciano Pavarotti, Harry Belafonte, Vanessa Redgrave and Sting. This year's honorees also included Helen Mirren, Antonio Banderas, Netflix's Ted Sarandos and the Oscars President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.