This unforgettable event, featured a welcome by Dean Saller, a keynote address by the Center Director – Professor David Grusky, and the presentation of our In Harmony With Hope awards as well as not one but TWO world premieres.

2007 In Harmony with Hope Award Honorees

Rosalynn Carter of The Carter Center,

Rosalynn Carter, co-founder of The Carter Center, created the center’s Mental Health Program, which combats the stigma against mental illness and promotes improved mental health care. She chairs the center’s Mental Health Task Force of eminent persons in the field, and each year brings together leaders of national mental health organizations to foster consensus on pivotal issues. Her advocacy over the decades led to the passage of the Mental Health Parity Act in 2008. Lending her voice to many important causes, Carter also promotes early childhood immunization through the nationwide “Every Child by Two” campaign and assists caregivers through the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving.
[harmony page] [about our Carter Center partnership]

Joyce Dattner (Founder & Director), Bay Area All Stars,

Joyce Dattner brought one of the country’s largest antiviolence youth development programs to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2002. The All Stars Project (ASP of SF Bay Area) promotes youth development through an innovative performance-based model. This supplemental education approach, which recognizes outside-of-school learning opportunities as crucial to urban children’s success in school and life, provides educational and performing arts activities for thousands of poor and minority young people around the Bay Area. By allowing youth to participate fully in all aspects of its programs, ASP of SF Bay Area empowers its participants to fully develop as learners, producers and leaders.
[harmony page].

Dr. Paul Farmer (Co-Founder), Partners In Health,

Paul Farmer has been successfully delivering quality health care to millions of the world’s poor for nearly 30 years. It began with a visit to Haiti. Today, Partners In Health (PIH) has a presence in 12 countries, including the US. All projects share common goals: to care for patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease in their communities, and to share lessons learned around the world. PIH’s Prevention and Access to Care and Treatment project employs community health workers to monitor a group of Boston’s ill and marginalized patients and ensure that their medical and social needs are being met.
[harmony page].

Paul Minorini (President & CEO) of Boys Hope Girls Hope,

Minorini accepting an award from ElfenworksPaul Minorini has been involved with Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) for nearly half his life. The organization helps academically capable and motivated children in need meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing family-like support in a home-like environment, and opportunities and education through college. Under his leadership, Boys Hope Girls Hope began a community-based outreach program for children whose home situation did not require out-of-home placement, effectively doubling the number the children that BHGH can serve. Based in Bridgeton, Missouri, Boys Hope Girls Hope currently serves children in 15 U.S. cities, plus Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru.
[harmony page].

A Concert for Hope – Stanford Memorial Church

Stanford University Opening Celebration Thursday, 7:00 September 6 2007

The Center celebrated the official launch of at a Concert for Hope in the Stanford University Memorial Church on Thursday September 6, 2007 at 7:00 in the evening. ~ [photos ~ post-concert press release ~ harmony page]

This unforgettable event, featured a welcome by Dean Saller, a keynote address by the Center Director – Professor David Grusky, and the presentation of our In Harmony With Hope awards as well as not one but TWO world premieres:

  • A new major composition, La Povertà by Stanford composer / professor Giancarlo Aquilanti and performed by the Elfenworks Festival String Ensemble (members of Symphony Silicon Valley) with sopranos Shawnette Sulker and Rebecca Plack, under the baton of maestro Mitchell Sardou Klein of the Peninsula Symphony.Set to music:

    ***Deuteronomy 15:11: For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.
    *** Mother Teresa: Serve the poorest of the poor. Do not wait for leaders. Do it now, person to person.

  • Special gospel music I Shall Not Be Moved and a second original composition, In Harmony With Hope celebrating the opening of the center, written by pianist / composer / arranger / long-time Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty member Tammy Lynne Hall, Featuring Ms. Hall conducting and at the piano, with Rhonda Benin, Valerie Joi Fiddmont, and La Tonya Reed vocals, Michaelle Goerlitz, percussion and Don Kane, bass.
  • Presentation of our inaugural In Harmony With Hope Awards which this year carry a $25,000 grant to

The director of the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, Professor David Grusky, is glad to grant interviews to the press about this event or about poverty and inequality issues. Please contact us for assistance in arranging an interview or for additional information regarding this or other events.

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