National Conflict Resolution Center Names ‘08 Peacemaker Award Recipients

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The National Conflict Resolution Center celebrates 25 years of mediation and problem solving at the 2008 Peacemaker Awards and dinner on April 3, 2008.

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The National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) will celebrate 25 years of successful problem solving at its annual Peacemaker Awards on Thursday, April 3, 2008. The awards recognize individuals and organizations for their creative and effective collaborations and solutions to crises and conflict. The 2008 AT&T National Peacemaker Award recipient is the International Rescue Committee and El Centro Cultural de la Raza is the local honoree.

The 2008 Peacemaker Awards and dinner, highlighted by a retrospective recognizing NCRC milestones and former award recipients, will be held at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina at 7 p.m. A cocktail reception precedes the event at 6 p.m. Attendees will be in the company of San Diego influencers and notable board members of this year’s honored organizations including International Rescue Committee Vice President of Resettlement, Robert Carey and board member Jennifer Brokaw.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2008, the National Conflict Resolution Center is a not-for-profit organization internationally recognized for its alternative dispute resolution services, mediation training and credentialing.

Established at the request of Albert Einstein 75 years ago, the International Rescue Committee has worked to alleviate the human toll of violent conflicts around the world by providing safety and lifesaving aid to victims of war. The organization is currently assisting victims of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur and resettling displaced Iraqi and Burmese families in the United States. The International Rescue Committee is on the ground in more than 25 countries, with a large resettlement operation in the United States. Its San Diego office opened in 1975.

A seven-year boycott by artists and former supporters of San Diego’s leading Chicano arts center, El Centro Cultural de la Raza, ended in 2007 after both sides came to the table in an arduous, 18-month mediation process. Former opposing parties now work collaboratively to uphold the mission of El Centro Cultural de la Raza: educating the public through projects and programs that create, promote and preserve Chicano and indigenous art and culture in the region. El Centro Cultural de la Raza’s historic circular facility in Balboa Park is known for its vivid murals and is home to the Ballet Folklorico en Aztlan.

Arthur and Molli Wagner are the 2008 Peacemaker Awards honorary chairs. Wagner, a former University of California, San Diego faculty member, and his wife Molli have been lifelong philanthropists of charities ranging from arts to social issues and causes. Laura Walcher and Sue Kalish are event co-chairs.

AT&T is the 2008 sponsor of the National Peacemaker Award. Additional sponsors include: RECON Environmental; Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch; Higgs Fletcher & Mack; Ken Blanchard Companies; Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek; San Diego National Bank; Cadena Churchill LLP; Bailey Gardiner; La Bella & McNamara LLP; JWalcher Communications; 509 Studio; Diego & Son Printing; UBS, Subjective Tech Inc.; Proflowers; AV Tech; and Ken Blanchard Companies. Media sponsors include KNSD-NBC 7/39 & San Diego Metropolitan Magazine.

The Peacemaker Awards dinner is open to the public. Tickets are $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of ten and can be purchased at http://www.ncrconline.com or 619-238-2400 x221.

Press contacts: Lizzie Delaney or Indra Gardiner, Bailey Gardiner at 619-295-8232 or by email at lizzie @ baileygardiner.com. Laura Walcher or JWalcher at 619-295-7140 or 619-203-5751 (cell).

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