Winners of the 2013 One World award have been announced by the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota. The winners to be honored at the third annual One World Gala on March 3 are former Sarasota Mayor Lou Ann Palmer and the Sarasota Christian School. Each honoree will be recognized as the most remarkable Sarasota individual and organization who have “enhanced world understanding and respect” through extraordinary work, volunteer service or philanthropy envisioned by President Eisenhower when he created the citizen diplomacy initiative following World War II.
Mayor Palmer is being feted as the “poster child” for city mayors (2,500 of them worldwide who shepherd Sister City relationships) connecting in a significant way with their twinned international Communities. Mayor Palmer was deeply involved in the creation of four new sister cities for Sarasota and frequently traveled at her own expense to foster viable and sustainable exchanges that have benefited friendship and understanding.
The Sarasota Christian School, led by Principal Dawn Graber, is being spotlighted for the student relationships it purposely carries out, in each grade K-12, with students in 13 different countries, including Iraq, Palestine, Cambodia and other troubled areas of the world.
The One World Gala, this year being held at the prestigious Sarasota Bay Club on Sunday, March 3, is open to all who wish to honor the 2013 award winners and attend this kickoff event commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota.
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