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National Conflict Resolution Center Presents the 31st Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner

| March 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Father Gregory Boyle is founder of Homeboy Industries, based in Los Angeles.

National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) presents the 31st Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner on Saturday, April 6, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront at 1 Park Boulevard. The theme of this year’s event is “Celebrating Human Dignity” honoring individuals and organizations dedicated to peacemaking in their own neighborhoods and around the world. The inspiring event shines a bright light on the importance of civility, peacemaking and social justice in a world filled with conflict.

Event proceeds will support NCRC’s groundbreaking work to unite people, cultures, and organizations through civility and inclusive communication, such as Avoiding the Pipeline to Prison initiative. This innovative partnership with regional law enforcement and education leaders uses restorative justice practices to keep at-risk youth in school and out of detention facilities, reducing public spending on costly prosecution and incarceration.

“Although conflict can be painful and destructive, it also brings opportunities for growth through improved understanding and insight,” said NCRC President Steven P. Dinkin. “This year’s event will continue our tradition of honoring remarkable change makers who are providing innovative and collaborative solutions to some of society’s most pressing issues.”

The National Peacemaker Honoree is Father Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries based in Los Angeles. Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the nation. Father Boyle is being honored for his work focusing on the most hardened gang members and ex-cons while pioneering passionate restorative practices that help heal lives and restore communities.

Father Boyle is the author of the New York Times® bestseller “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion,” the Best Books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly and recipient of the PEN Center USA 2011 Creative Nonfiction Award. He is the subject of the Academy-Award® winner Freida Lee Mock’s 2012 documentary, “G-Dog.” He also received the California Peace Prize and has been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, the White House named him a Champion of Change.

Philanthropist Malin Burnham will be honored this year for exemplary leadership through visionary philanthropy with a passionate commitment to community before self. Burnham is one of the region’s most renowned philanthropists and business leaders.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ncrconline.com.

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