15th Annual Partners for Peace Luncheon and Forum Sept. 18

Staff Report

Thursday, Sept. 18, the Violence Prevention Collaborative of the Winnebago County Health Department will host its annual Peace Awards, along with “A Conversation with Dr. Rajmohan Gandhi at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center. The forum with Dr. Gandhi runs 9:30-11:15 a.m., with registration beginning at 9 a.m. The Peace Awards luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $35. Dr. Gandhi is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and a professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois. Dr. Gandhi will also be interviewed by Dr. Robert Head, president of Rockford University, at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Rockford College’s Maddox Theater.

The Violence Prevention Collaborative (VPC) is composed of more than 20 formal members, including community organizations, social service agencies, grassroots organizations, faith-based organizations, law enforcement members, health care professionals, education workers and members of the judicial sector. The VPC’s mission is to create safe, inclusive communities in Winnebago County, and its vision is to promote a community-wide coalition of agencies, organizations, adults and youth to promote violence prevention.

The Violence Prevention Collaborative will honor one individual and one organization with the 2014 Partner for Peace Award during the luncheon, chosen from nominations received from the community. A Pioneer in Peace Award, chosen by committee, will also be given to an individual or group who has demonstrated a long-term commitment and dedication to violence prevention.

The awards will be presented by Judge Rosemary Collins of the 17th Judicial Circuit. Emcee is Paul Logli, president and CEO of the United Way of Rock River Valley. Silent auction items will be available, with proceeds to benefit the Violence Enders program of the Violence Prevention Collaborative.

For more information or to register, e-mail Karen Lytwyn at klytwyn@wchd.org or call her at (815) 720-4261. Registration information can also be found online at http://www.wchd.org.

Posted Sept. 12, 2014

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