Award Recipients

Over the course of our history, we have been proud to honor and award the following individuals and organizations for their gifts in the world of creativity and critical thinking. View the past few years below or click here to download the entire history.

2014 Risorgimento Award - Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clicic Awarded

DI presented this award to the Mayo Clinic and accepted by Dr. Doug Wood, Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic, in recognition of the organization’s significant contributions in the fields of medicine and science that have transformed the healthcare industry for more than 150 years.

2014 Thomas Camerlo Award
  • Pete Sandford – NXLevel Solutions
2014 Diamond Award 
  • Reggie Bunis
  • Charles Compton
  • Dick Pinney
  • Pat Schoonover
  • Nancy Wingenbach

Melina Bellows 2013


2013 Risorgimento Award – National Geographic

This award was accepted by Melina Bellows, the Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Books, Kids and Family at National Geographic, in recognition of the organization’s stewardship of our planet through research, exploration and education for 125 years.  

Board Members 2012
2013 Thomas Camerlo Award - Valerie Conroy – Posthumously

Val (fourth from the left) served the DI program with great dedication, knowledge of volunteerism, professionalism and strategic vision. She enthusiastically advocated for children to engage in creative experiences in order to challenge their imaginations.

Diamond Award Recipients


Dr Johnson

2012 Risorgimento Award – NASA

This award was accepted by Dr. Roosevelt Johnson, Deputy Associate Administrator for Education, in recognition that NASA has been positively influencing learners for generations.


Robert Gibbs

2011 Thomas Camerlo Award – Robert Gibbs and UT Staff


Barbara Kaufman
2010 Thomas Camerlo Award – Barbara Kaufman – 3M


Tom Camerlo

2009 Thomas Camerlo Award – Tom Camerlo


Major Awards

Destination Imagination has three major awards that the Board of Trustees presents:

Thomas Camerlo Award

This award is presented by the Board of Trustees to a Corporation, or an individual representing a Corporation, that has gone above and beyond a normal sponsorship relationship in providing outstanding service to Destination Imagination Inc.
Diamond Award
This award is presented by the Board of Trustees to an individual or team who has given significant assistance or long time service to Destination Imagination in a way that has significantly impacted the organization.

Risorgimento Award
This award is given to an individual, organization or corporation that has significantly impacted the world community in such a way as to make it a better place in which to live.

Spirit of Discovery and Imagination
From its very beginning, Destination Imagination has been a community. This award honors those who demonstrate outstanding and extraordinary levels of spirit, those whose sacrifices are not for themselves but for others.

Click here to download the entire history of award recipients.