Attendees from Delaware and surrounding states, Washington D.C., New England and the national People to People International organization joined with the Delaware Chapter to recognize 30 years of promoting the ideals of peace through understanding by honoring those who have made a real difference in the lives of others around the world. Students from Widener University Law School, the University of Delaware and international students studying at the UD English Language Institute also attended. Senator Christopher Coons addressed the attendees in person during the reception as did Delaware State Senator Harris McDowell.
Chapter President Galina Chadwick welcomed the attendees and thanked the many members who worked hard to make the event a success. Governor Jack Markell prepared a Proclamation in honor of this occasion which was read by Gala Co-Chair, Anna White. The Delaware State Senate passed a Tribute sponsored by Senator McDowell in honor of Village Health Works, its Founder Deogratias Niyizonkiza and the 30th Anniversary of the PTPDE Chapter. All the members of the US Congressional delegation sent letters of congratulations which were included in the Program. The Chapter was honored that Clark Plexico, the new CEO of People to People International traveled from Kansas City to speak at the Gala. Introduced by Ed Tucker, Secretary of the Chapter, the attendees learned that Clark brings a remarkable international diplomatic background to the leadership of PTPI.
Other highlights of the evening were the presentation of the Chapter’s People Helping People Award to the Global Delaware Fund, founded by the late Matt Haley and Scott Kammerer. Global Delaware Fund helps young people in Delaware and around the world to achieve the education and start that they need to have successful lives. Scott received the award on behalf of GDF and in Matt’s memory from the People Helping People Award Committee Chair, Patrick Kelly. Patrick also had the pleasure of presenting the Chapter’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to Steven Dentel, in Memorium, for his many years of service in alleviating water problems around the world and founding the University of Delaware’s Chapter of Engineers Without Borders. It was accepted by Carol Post, the wife of the late Professor Dentel.
The keynote of the evening was presented by Deogratias Niyizonkiza, the founder and CEO of Village Health Works in Burundi, Africa. Senator Coons introduced Deo, as he likes to be called, via a short video. Carla Stone, Co-Chair presented Deo with the Senate Tribute and the Chapter’s International Community Award for “healing a nation and binding together communities worldwide” by founding a medical clinic and educational center that brings together the survivors of the Burundi genocide as partners in healing. Deo gave a moving presentation about the founding and current endeavors and plans for the future for Village Health Works. All who attended the evening came away inspired.
Carl Hutter, Student Ambassador Scholarship Committee chair announced the 2015 awardee, Ashley Lindo, 11th Grade of Middletown High School. The evening included a surprise, the presentation by Carla Stone, a Charter Member, with a plague of appreciation to Chapter Founder Kathleen Meyers for having the vision, some 30 years ago, to start Delawareans in a new direction.
The work of the 30th Anniversary Gala does not stop. Please help us make a significant contribution to Village Health Works and the Chapter’s Student Ambassador Scholarship Program. The Chapter continues to accept donations for the benefit of both the Scholarship and Village Health Works.
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