2015 TORCH AND GLOBAL SCHOLARS AWARDS!
2015 TORCH AWARD WINNER:
A leader of the local Bah’ai faith community, Behzad Zandieh was nominated for his tireless work in interfaith activities, including the annual interfaith musical celebration, the annual walk against racism on City Island and his participation in the annual Sept. 11 commemoration. Behzad Zandieh has been active in interfaith organizations and activities in the Harrisburg region. He has led organization of the annual interfaith “Music That Brings Us Closer to God” program, as well as the annual Sept. 11 interfaith service and the annual event that seeks to bring together people of different races, ethnicities and cultures.
2015 TORCH HONOREES
FOUNDER OF “SUGAR POEM PRESS” AND HOST OF “CULTURE AND MAIN”
GRAHAM AND ESMERALDA HETRICK
FOUNDERS OF LA VOZ LATINA CENTRAL, ESTAMOS UNIDOS DE PENNSYLVANIA
VICE PRESIDENT, PINNACLE HEALTH
ROTARIAN, INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE. PHILANTHROPIST
2015 ORGANIZATION WINNER
PEACE ISLANDS INSTITUTE
Peace Islands Institute, nominated for its advocacy of international peace and understanding and interfaith initiatives. The organization has served as a sponsor of several WACH events, including the 2014 and 2015 Women’s Conferences. The Peace Islands Institute’s mission is to facilitate a forum of mutual respect and collaboration, both welcoming and accepting varied viewpoints and voices with the intent to develop original and alternative perspectives on vital issues that our society is facing, generate solutions to these issues, support successful practices, thus promoting education, friendship and harmony and acting as an island of peace for all peoples in a society of different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.
ORGANIZATIONS HONORED AT TORCH AWARDS: