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2005 Volvo For Life Awards Program Judges


In the third annual Volvo for life Awards, a distinguished panel of eight judges selected the program’s three winners. Judges include seven celebrities returning for a third year, as well as the grand winner of the second annual Volvo for life Awards:

  • Hank Aaron, who as one of the first African-Americans admitted into Major League Baseball hit an all-time leading 755 home runs; Aaron founded “Chasing the Dream Foundation,” which provides cash awards to help children pursue their talents.
  • Bill Bradley, former senator, Rhodes scholar and former star athlete; before serving 20 years as a New Jersey senator, Bradley led the New York Knicks to two NBA championships and took the 1964 Olympic basketball team to a gold medal.
  • Caroline Kennedy, daughter of John and Jacqueline Kennedy, and a successful lawyer, author and constitutional scholar; Kennedy also serves as chief fundraiser for the New York City schools.
  • Maya Lin, a contemporary Chinese-American artist and architect who has created numerous sculptures, environmental artworks, architectural projects and memorials, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • Paul Newman, the quintessential actor and star of such celebrated films as “Cool Hand Luke” and “Road to Perdition;” Newman has donated $125 million in after-tax profits from his “Newman’s Own” line of sauces and dressings to thousands of charities.
  • Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space and a pioneer in the field of astrophysics; among Ride’s heartfelt crusades: encouraging women to study science and math.
  • Earnestine Russell-Drumgold, last year’s overall winner in the second annual Volvo for life Awards. Russell-Drumgold is a New Yorker who for 20 years has run a youth center that has improved the lives of more than 3,000 children in the northeast Bronx.
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver, an activist for individuals with mental retardation and creator of the Special Olympics; Shriver also established the Community of Caring program, designed to prevent teen pregnancy.


“Volvo is honored to have this incredible group of individuals select the winners of the third annual Volvo for life Awards,” said Anne Bélec, incoming president and chief executive officer of Volvo Cars of North America. “Our judges have on their own given vast amounts of energy to public service and have made this world a better place with their unique talents. They demonstrate on a global scale the conscience, care and character of the heroes we have found and are celebrating on a local level.”


Eric Davis,

Haberman & Associates,



Sören Johansson,

Volvo Cars of North America,



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