WHAT: National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) presents the much-anticipated 29th Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner to honor individuals and organizations who have made a significant contribution to conflict resolution nationally and locally. This event will support NCRC’s groundbreaking programming, including the Galinson Campus Civility Project, which teaches our nation’s future leaders to communicate across disputes with civility and inclusivity. The 2017 theme is “A Campaign for Civility.” Legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg will serve as event emcee.
At a time of growing discord, this year’s Peacemaker Awards ceremony is taking on a special significance and will highlight NCRC’s mission to transform conflict into resolution and harmony. Over 550 guests will attend the event, which will feature three-course dinner, honoree speeches, a “raise the paddle” fundraising activity, as well as a special keynote address from Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
WHEN: Saturday, April 8, 2017
- Registration and Cocktail Hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Dinner and Awards from 7 to 9 p.m.
BEST TIME TO COVER: 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Timeline of Speeches:
7:15 p.m. – Bill & Lori Walton
8:00 p.m. – Rachel’s Challenge, Darrell & Sandy Scott and Fred Lynch
8:15 p.m. – Steve Dinkin, President of NCRC
8:30 p.m. – Southern Poverty Law Center, Richard Cohen
WHERE: Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, Calif. 92122
At the Aventine Ballroom
WHERE TO PARK (MEDIA): Live trucks may park in front of hotel, please check in with parking staff for instructions on assigned parking. All other media, please park in the general parking structure. Parking will be complimentary.
** NOTE: Media is invited to attend the cocktail hour, dinner and awards ceremony to capture B-roll of the honorees’ receipt of their awards from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. **
WHO: Event honorees include the following:
- NATIONAL PEACEMAKER HONOREE – SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER
“Teaching Tolerance,” the renowned Center’s award-winning multi-media platform for building an inclusive society, is empowering educators across the country to guide students away from bias and conflict and toward empathy and unity.
- PHILANTHROPY IN PEACEMAKING HONOREE – BILL AND LORI WALTON
Basketball legend Bill Walton and his wife, Lori, have based their exceptional range of philanthropic service on their passionate belief in the value of civic spirit and the power of human aspiration.
- SAN DIEGO PEACEMAKER HONOREE – RACHEL’S CHALLENGE
Rachel Joy Scott’s posthumous legacy of kindness that emerged after her death in the Columbine High School massacre is transforming San Diego schools by disrupting patterns of bullying with a culture of compassion and civility.
- Steve Dinkin, president, National Conflict Resolution Center
- Richard Cohen, president, Southern Poverty Law Center
- Bill Walton, basketball legend, local philanthropist and community leader
- Lori Walton, local philanthropist and community leader
- Darrell & Sandy Scott, Rachel’s Father & Step-mother & founders of Rachel’s Challenge
** NOTE: A Spanish spokesperson will also be available and on-site at the event for interviews. **
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT:
- At a time of growing discord, this year’s Peacemaker Awards ceremony is taking on a special significance and will highlight NCRC’s mission to transform conflict into resolution and harmony.
- This event honors individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to conflict resolution nationally and locally.
- The money raised at this event will help support NCRC’s groundbreaking programming, including the Galinson Campus Civility Project.
- Richard Cohen, president, Southern Poverty Law Center will be the night’s National Peacemaker Honoree and will provide the keynote address at the event. Now in its 46th year, the Southern Poverty Law Center has won global renown for promoting equality and fighting prejudice. “Teaching Tolerance,” the Center’s award-winning multi-media platform for building an inclusive society distributes free teaching kits, films, and publications that help create equitable learning environments in classrooms across the country.
- Bill and Lori Walton will also be honored at the ceremony, and will receive the Philanthropy in Peacemaking Award. They are long-time San Diego community leaders, who continue to embrace an array of worthy causes—from the arts to service animals to military veterans—this all-star couple has fortified San Diego’s culture of private giving through their tireless work and their personal example.
- Rachel Joy Scott was the first student killed in the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, and the news of her death was quickly followed by stories of her personal legacy of kindness. Rachel’s Challenge, a non-profit founded by her family, promotes safe and positive climates in K-12 education, and it has transformed San Diego schools by disrupting patterns of bullying with a culture of compassion and civility. The San Diego Peacemaker Award will be accepted by Darrell & Sandy Scott, Rachel’s Father & stepmother and co-founders of Rachel’s Challenge and Fred Lynch, San Diego representative of Rachel’s Challenge.
- NCRC’s first National Peacemaker Award was given in 2005 to Ruth and Judea Pearl, the parents of slain reporter Daniel Pearl, for their efforts to build bridges between cultures and avoid the types of conflicts that ultimately led to their son’s death.
- Past National Honorees have included such prominent figures as University of California President Janet Napolitano, Congressman John Lewis, former presidential adviser David Gergen, and actor Richard Dreyfuss.
About the National Conflict Resolution Center
National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) provides the resources, training and expertise to help people, organizations and communities around the world manage and solve conflicts, with civility. Built on the principle that every dispute has a solution, NCRC serves a variety of communities in both the public and private sectors – regionally, nationally and internationally. The organization’s mission is to resolve issues with the highest possible degree of civility and equitability to all parties involved.
NCRC was founded in 1983 by the University of San Diego Law Center and the San Diego County Bar Association. With more than 30 years of experience and over 20,000 cases managed, NCRC is recognized as an international leader in mediation instruction and conflict resolution. To learn more, donate or volunteer please call 619-238-2400 or visit www.ncrconline.com. Connect with NCRC on Facebook and Twitter.