WHAT: Academy Award-winning actor and advocate for civility Richard Dreyfuss will be honored as the National Peacemaker Honoree at National Conflict Resolution Center’s 28th Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner on Thurs., April 14 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. The dinner honors individuals and organizations who have made a significant contribution to conflict resolution nationally and locally. Money raised at this event will help support NCRC’s groundbreaking initiative, Avoiding the Pipeline to Prison, which aims to keep at-risk youth in schools and out of the juvenile justice system.
Dreyfuss, a resident of North County, is passionate about civics education and through the Dreyfuss Civics Initiative, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, aims to revive the teaching of civics in American public education to empower future generations with the critical-thinking skills they need to fulfill the vast potential of American citizenship. The organization aims to create future leaders who are able to come together to solve important and difficult problems with civility.
National Conflict Resolution Center, a national organization headquartered in San Diego provides various resources, training and programs to help people, organizations and communities manage and solve conflicts, with civility both locally in San Diego County as well as nationally and internationally.
As advocates for civics and civility, Dreyfuss and Steven P. Dinkin, president of National Conflict Resolution Center, will be available for the Q&A session.
WHEN: Thurs., April 14, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Media are asked to arrive by 10:45 a.m. at the Palentine Room.
WHERE: Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, Calif. 92122
At the Palentine Room – First Floor, Ballroom Level
NOTE: 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.
- Richard Dreyfuss will NOT be available for interviews during dinner and awards’ ceremony.
- Media is invited to attend the dinner and awards’ ceremony to capture B-roll of Dreyfuss’ keynote speech and receipt of award from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION ON THE 28TH ANNUAL PEACEMAKER AWARDS DINNER
- 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 initiative, Avoiding the Pipeline to Prison, which aims to keep at-risk youth in schools and out of the juvenile justice system.
- Academy Award-winning actor and humanitarian Richard Dreyfuss will be the night’s National Peacemaker Honoree. He will be in attendance to talk about the importance of education and empowering young leaders, which are core missions of both the National Conflict Resolution Center and the Dreyfuss Civics Initiative.
- Mel and Linda Katz will also be honored at the ceremony, and will receive the Philanthropy in Peacemaking Award. They are long-time San Diego community leaders, who have made the city a better place to live through their leadership and advocacy by contributing to organizations that benefit the most vulnerable populations of women and girls, as well as the stewardship of a school developing collaborative problem solvers.
- Carol and Jeffrey Chang serve as Honorary Chairs for the Peacemaker Awards Dinner. They reside in La Jolla and became involved with NCRC through the work the organization is doing at the UC San Diego campus with the Galinson Campus Civility Initiative. Carol has become a great advocate for the program and Jeffrey understands the value of NCRC’s work through his long time involvement at UC San Diego.
- NCRC’s first National Award was given in 2005 and went to Ruth and Judea Pearl, the parents of slain reporter, Daniel Pearl, for their efforts to build bridges between cultures in an effort to avoid the types of conflicts that ultimately lead to their son’s death.
- Past National Honorees have also included such prominent figures as Janet Napolitano, Congressman John Lewis, and David Gergen.
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.