We've raised nearly $70,000 (and still counting) in our May 2nd Peace Heroes Walk at RiverScape MetroPark. Watch for updated Team Totals on the website. See photo highlights taken by Patsy Ferrell below (click here for other photo highlights).
17 Local Peace Heroes were honored including (l to r): Chris and Ralph Dull, Evelyn Coleman, Mama Nozipo Glenn and Margaret Peters.
Museum Founder, Chris Dull and Mama Nozipo Glenn.
More than 700 participants signed up to walk, volunteer or support their Peace Heroes through donations.
Walk participants were given a set of 60 Peace Hero Trading Cards that will help educate and train a new generation of Peace Leaders.
Dayton Philharmonic conductor Neil Gittleman serves as an Honorary Chair of the Walk and MC for the day. His spouse, Lisa Fry, was also an Honorary Chair.
Sixty Team Captains rallied their teams to raise more than $61,000 to celebrate peace heroes from around the block and around the world!
Neil Gittleman greets local musicians, Sandy and Michael Bashaw who served as Team Captains and shared their music, "Where There Is Love" and "Where The Rivers Meet" via a youtube recording.
Mama Nozipo Glenn fled apartheid in South Africa in the mid-70's and arrived in Dayton to continue bringing people together for a better world.
Representatives from the Sheriff's Department and Chief Richard Biehl were recognized for the roles they play in helping to make a more peaceful community.
Jerry Leggett, Executive Director of the Dayton International Peace Museum, served as the Walk Coordinator of this year's Peace Heroes Walk.
Mayor Nan Whaley welcomes walkers and issues a City Proclamation ... "Peace Heroes Week!"
Jerry Leggett addresses the crowd with a message, "Why Do We Need Peace Heroes?"
Jerry thanks Charlie Simms for helping with the costs of supplying T-shirts to walkers.
More than $21,000 was raised to honor the founders of the Dayton International Peace Museum, Chris and Ralph Dull. Funds will enable the Museum to help train and new generation of Peace Leaders.
Thomas Girvin, son of the late, Polly Girvin, raised more than $2,500 to honor his mother who he describes as a "Peace Ambassador."
Local Peace Hero Doris Ponitz, who is known to say, "To rest is to rot," joined the Walkers along with her husband Dr. David Ponitz and daughter, Cathy.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.