Peace Builder Gala raises $14K, honors conflict resolvers

The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center raised more than $14,000 to support its services during the 2012 Peace Builder Awards Gala, which was held on Nov. 16.

The nonprofit organization, which supports constructive and collaborative approaches to conflict through mediation, training, facilitation and community education honored a number of individuals and organizations in Whatcom County for creative conflict resolution work:

– Youth program: Aimee Frazier and the Girls’ Explorers’ Club, for founding and leading the Girls’ Explorers’ Club, a program of Wild Whatcom, and building peace by modeling collaboration, communication, and respect for selves, others and the environment.

– Organization: Julia Bozzo of NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center, for her vision and leadership in the creation of the NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center, a nonprofit which builds peace by promoting awareness, empathy and compassion through its riding programs.

– Arts: Pam Kuntz of Kuntz and Company, for building peace through artistry, empowering people to find their voice, promoting understanding and communication, and encouraging community dialogue through dance and theatre.

– Health care: Denise Katterhagen of St. Joseph Hospital, for her role in transforming the provision of health care services for patients in our community and building peace by helping to create a shared vision and sense of responsibility amongst diverse service providers.

– Community Member: Galen Emanuele of Pass the Hat and Upfront Theatre, for his building peace through the Pass the Hat organization, which provides critical support to people at times when they are most in need, and  for the communication and collaboration skills he teaches and employs through improvisation workshops and shows at the Upfront Theatre.

– Education: Ted Pratt of Western Washington University, for building peace through his daily activities, striving for awareness of diversity, overcoming barriers through understanding, and for increasing community connection between WWU and the community.

More than 30 donors contributed to gala’s silent auction.

Tree Frog Night Inn, The Chrysalis Inn and Spa and The Inn at Mt. Baker all donated to a grand prize raffle.

Major media sponsors included the Bellingham Herald, Cascadia Weekly, the Northern Light and Village Books.

The main event sponsor was Boundary Bay Brewery.

Other sponsors included Great Harvest Bread Co., Woods Coffee, Walton Beverage, Whatcom Educational Credit Union, Windermere Real Estate, the Law Office of Randy A. Doucet and PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.

More information on the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center can be found at www.whatcomdrc.org or by calling 360-676-0122.

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