SAN DIEGO – April 17, 2018 – National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) has raised $724,000 at its 30th Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner, which took place on April 7. The amount is the largest total raised at an individual fundraising event in the organization’s 35-year history and an increase of over 34 percent from the 2016 event. Event proceeds support NCRC’s groundbreaking programming to empower the community to communicate across disputes with civility and inclusivity, such as their Avoiding the Pipeline to Prison initiative, a partnership with regional law enforcement and education leaders that uses restorative justice practices to keep at-risk youth in school and out of detention facilities, reducing public spending on costly prosecution and incarceration.
Held at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, the 30th Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner’s theme was “There Is A Solution” to encourage the community to help find solutions to the challenges impacting society today. Former executive vice president of Sempra Energy and San Diego Gas & Electric Chairman, Jessie Knight Jr., served as emcee to over 650 guests who enjoyed a three-course dinner, speeches from the 2018 Peacemaker honorees and a “Raise the Paddle” fundraising activity.
Event honorees included:
NATIONAL PEACEMAKER HONOREE
A national organization championing bipartisan solutions, No Labels has inspired members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to reject political extremism and put country before party. The award was accepted by Lisa Borders, No Labels co-founder and president of the WNBA.
PHILANTHROPY IN PEACEMAKING HONOREE
PETER SEIDLER AND DAN SHEA
San Diego Padres Managing Partner Peter Seidler and Restaurateur Dan Shea, inspired the visionary public-private coalition to erect temporary housing tents for homeless San Diegans.
COMMUNITY HEROES HONOREES:
ELIZABETH BUSTOS, Racial Justice & Equity
For Elizabeth Bustos, the road to racial justice begins with the fundamental right of everyone to have access to quality healthcare. She serves as director for both Be There San Diego and San Diego Cardiac Disparities Project. Her work develops solutions to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities when it comes to heart disease, especially amongst African Americans who are at a significantly higher risk of developing the disease.
ANNE WILSON, Affordable Housing
Anne Wilson has been “making home happen” for lower income families and seniors for 30 years. Most recently she oversaw the construction of North Park Senior Apartments, San Diego’s first LGBT-friendly affordable housing community. Wilson has served as the senior vice president of housing and real estate development for Community HousingWorks since 2002.
ELIZABETH LOPEZ, Immigration
Elizabeth Lopez founded the Southern California Immigration Project in 2015, a nonprofit providing free or low-cost legal services to asylum seekers, predominantly from Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, Rwanda, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Egypt. Lopez generously funds the Southern California Immigration Project with her own money to support her clients who often have no family members around them.
DIANE TAKVORIAN, Environmental Justice & Sustainability
An environmental justice advocate, Diane Takvorian is dedicated to inspiring low-income San Diegans to pursue a healthy and sustainable quality of life in their communities. She helped fund the Environmental Health Coalition in 1980 and serves as its executive director. The coalition’s focus is environmental social justice, defined by the notion that everyone deserves a safe place to live, work and play.
“As National Conflict Resolution Center continues to grow, we take time to reflect and appreciate the individuals and organizations who help make our mission a reality,” said Steve Dinkin, president, National Conflict Resolution Center. “We were truly inspired by each and every one of our honorees passion and dedication to collaborative problem solving and by their steadfast, peaceful pursuit of a more equitable and civil society.”
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 35 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, Twitter and Instagram.