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2010 Annual Awards Dinner a Great Success!

May 5, 2010

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Oregon PSR annual awards dinner, held on April 10th at the Oregon Zoo, was a great success! It was a sincere pleasure to see so many of our supporters gathered together in one place, and we hope that everyone who attended enjoyed the evening as much as we did. We were pleased to share with you a delicious meal featuring local and organic foods, the lively music of Retta and the Smart Fellas, and the rousing calls to action from our guest speakers. To everyone in attendance and for those who were unable to make it to this year’s event, we very much look forward to seeing you next year!

 

Our annual awards dinner, perhaps more than anything else, is a chance to meet and converse with our extended Oregon PSR family, to celebrate our accomplishments together and reaffirm our commitment to a more healthy, just and peaceful world. This year, we were reminded of the importance of our work by our keynote speaker, independent journalist Dahr Jamail, who shared with us both his personal stories and a number of sobering statistics about the effects of war on Iraqis civilians and US soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

We were also very fortunate this year to have in attendance Tenzing Atentsang, Salam Hassan and Tessa Keuler, the top three winners of our 2010 Greenfield Peace Writing Contest. In sharing their thoughts on the meaning of peace in a world struggling with war and injustice, these young peace activists reinforced our belief in the importance of providing space for voices for peace from all generations to be heard. The writing contest, first held in 1988 and named in honor of long-time Oregon PSR executive director Del Greenfield, was revived as a tradition last year, and we appreciate each of the 186 Oregon high school students who participated in this year’s contest.

 

We would also like to express our gratitude to our generous sponsors, without whom the awards dinner could not have been such a success.

 

Thank you so much to Judy Faulkner, underwriter for this year’s writing contest, and to OHSU, Ronni Lacroute of Willakenzie Estate, and American Friends Service Committee for co-sponsoring our student peace award.

 

Thanks, also, to our Greenfield Peace Writing Contest judges Salma Ahmad, Ronault “Polo” Catalani, Michael Crenshaw, Ursula Le Guin, and Elizabeth Schwarz, as well as to our top three winners and all of the students who entered this year’s contest.

 

Thank you to our medical student ticket sponsors Bill Harris, MD, Bob McFarlane, MD, Jim Metcalfe, MD and Audrey Metcalfe, and Rudi Nussbaum, PhD and Laureen Nussbaum, PhD.

 

Thank you to our advertising sponsors Natural Press, Food Alliance, Paloma Clothing, Documart, KBOO Radio, and Willamette Week, and to the Oregon Zoo for all of their hard work. Thanks, also, to Eric Brody, David Osborn, and Barry Admundsen for taking photos and video during the event.

 

We are also very grateful to our table captains George Austin, Charles Hudson, Susan Katz, MD, Teresa Keane, PMHNP-BC, Joseph Miller, PhD, Phil Newman, MD and Phoebe Newman, John Pearson, MD, Bonnie Reagan, MD and Peter Reagan, MD, Frances Storrs, MD, and the Multnomah Monthly Meeting of Quakers. Your support makes our success possible!

 

Finally, our sincere thanks go to everyone who attended and supported this year’s awards dinner. We look forward to continuing to work with you to make peace and justice a lasting reality in our world!

 

View more photos of this year’s annual awards dinner.

 

Read local media coverage of Dahr Jamail’s work.

 

Hear Dahr Jamail’s keynote address.

 

Read the Greenfield Peace Writing Contest winning and honorable mention entries.

 

Hear the KBOO Radio interview with Oregon PSR’s Executive Director Kelly Campbell and two of the student winners of this year’s Greenfield Peace Writing Contest.

 

 

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