The finale of The Great Debate took place virtually on October 30, 2020. Hosted by its creator, Doug Silver, National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum Chairman of the Board David Brown, and the six sectors delivered their final barbs. This forum was conceived as a good natured, fun bit of bragging and roasting to determine which sector of the mining industry was the most important to civilization. Donations were raised for the NMHFM as the audience listened to the various arguments and voted with their dollars.
In the end, the Metallurgists, led by Marc LeVier, won the competition. The NMHFM is grateful to have participated in this unique and enjoyable fundraising opportunity which brought in over $32,000 in donations to our operations.
Our sincere thanks go out to our six sector leaders: Marc LeVier (metallurgists), Doug Silver (geoscientists), Tim Arnold (miners), William Lipps (environmental), Ruby Barickman (Emerging Leaders), and the duo of Ann Carpenter and Kelly Ward representing women mining professionals.
Thank you also to Bill Gleason, editor of SME's Mining Engineering Journal for publishing monthly articles containing each sector's arguments, and for helping us to promote this major fundraising drive.
Most of all, the NMHFM is grateful to all of those who participated and donated funds to help out during this very challenging year.
Along with the rest of the country, and indeed the world, we also thank COVID-19 for nothing in the way of help in 2020.
Please visit our Great Debate page here on this website to watch clips from The Great Debate finale.