NJ Peace Action’s 53rd Annual Dinner: Featuring Phil Donahue

Bloomfield, NJ. 4/15/2010 – Phil Donahue, the Emmy Award-winning media personality, writer and film producer, will speak about his film The Body of War at NJ Peace Action’s 53rd Annual Dinner. The event will be held on Sunday, April 25th from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Regency House, located at 140 Route 23, North Pompton Plains, NJ.

Mr. Donahue will also receive The Dorothy Eldridge Peacemaker Award, presented by Hackensack resident Ruth Neustadter, community activist and radio news reporter. Madeline Vricella formerly from Totowa, now from Asbury Park, New Jersey will be named Peace Action Activist of the Year, and the organization August 9 Saving Lives Task Force, will be recipients of the Sylvia and Oscar Ackelsberg Peace Award. 

Phil Donahue and The Donahue Show have been honored with 20 Daytime Emmy Awards, including 9 for Outstanding Host and a George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Journalism Award. Pioneer of the television talk show format since 1967, Mr. Donahue has interviewed world leaders, celebrities, newsmakers, and people from all walks of life. As a radio host, he interviewed Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mr. Donahue has hosted nearly 7,000 shows, including historic broadcasts from Russia. In 2002-2003, he returned to television to host the highest rated show on MSNBC. The show was later canceled with implications that Donahue would be a “difficult public face for NBC in a time of war.”

Most recently, Donahue Executive Produced Body of War, a documentary about a 25-year-old Iraq War Veteran, Tomas Young, who was paralyzed by a bullet to his spine during his first week of service in Iraq. The film chronicles Tomas’ copings with disability as well as the development of his passionate voice against the war. 

“We are very pleased to be bringing such a high caliber voice for peace  into our dedicated community of local activists,”said Madelyn Hoffman, Executive Director of NJ Peace Action. “I feel that this year’s Annual Dinner will help forge alliances between community activists, students and labor, all working toward peace. By coupling a voice of Mr. Donahue’s caliber with the many local figures dedicated to a more peaceful world, we can collectively begin to move away from a planet gripped by war, toward a world of peaceful camaraderie, a safer world for all of our children and grandchildren to come.”

Music will be provided by Cecilia St. King, the Peace Troubadour. Cecilia St. King is sponsored by the M.K. Gandhi Institute of Nonviolence.

For More Information and To Make Reservations Contact:

Madelyn Hoffman, Executive Director of NJ Peace Action,

973-259-1126 (office), (973) 876-1023 (cell)

http://www.acteva.com/booking….  director@njpeaceaction.org, 673 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, NJ 07003

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