COLLEGE HOSTS "TRIBUTE TO PEACE"
Pittsburgh, May 17 – The College’s Pacem In Terris Institute hosted the fifth annual “A Tribute to Peace” Dinner on Saturday, May 4 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Pittsburgh. More than 500 guests attended the gala event, with proceeds going to benefit the international student program at the College.
The evening’s special guest was Madame Janet Museveni, first lady of the Republic of Uganda and co-chairperson of the Pacem In Terris Board of Governors. Mr. Bill Hemmer, news anchor and foreign correspondent for CNN, served as master of ceremonies. Also in attendance were: Mr. Richard Zappala, co-chairperson of the Pacem In Terris Board of Governors; Tom Murphy, mayor of Pittsburgh; Jim Roddey, Allegheny County Chief Executive; members of the board of trustees; and La Roche College faculty, staff and students.
At the event, the Institute gave out two “Tribute to Peace” Awards. Mr. Gregory Smith, founder of International Youth Advocates, received one of the awards for demonstrating the power of youth in the pursuit of peace. Smith, 12, is a senior at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. He is also the youngest student in the history of that institution. The remarkable young man travels the world speaking about the needs of children across the globe. He has addressed the United Nations and has met with presidents and Nobel laureates.
The evening’s other honoree was Mr. Henry A. McKinnel, Jr., chairman of the board and CEO of Pfizer Inc., the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company. Mr. McKinnel was recognized for his company’s efforts to bring health and hope to a world in need. Pfizer Inc. is working to stop the spread of AIDS in the African nation of Uganda. It has teamed up with North American and Ugandan public health experts to establish the Infection Diseases Institute at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. The company has already committed significant resources to fighting AIDS in that nation.