The Colorado-based PeaceJam Foundation has been inspiring youth with the help of a global enclave of Nobel Peace Laureates since 1996, but the nonprofit is also always on the lookout for kids too good to be true, especially those doing good deeds in our own back yard. And thats exactly where the organization found the diligent PeaceJam Students of Ponderosa High School in Douglas County, this years winners of PeaceJams 2009 Global Call to Action Challenge, on the strength of their rigorous school recycling project that effectively reduced waste at the school by 70 percent and energy consumption by 14 percent. Yay, kids! The group will be honored today at the PeaceJam Inaugural Hero Awards Luncheon, which features a very special guest: Mayan organizer and Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum, the youngest woman and the only Native American ever to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Tum will deliver a keynote and present the award.
The event, also a major PeaceJam fundraiser, goes from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Seawell Ballroom in the Denver Performing Arts Complex; tickets are $100 (or $150 for patron tickets, which include a VIP reception with Tum). For reservations and details, go to www.peacejam.org/2009/luncheon or call 303-455-2099.
Wed., Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2009