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People to People Ambassador Programs Awarded International Peace Prize June 22, 2006; Spokane-Based Organization Receives Prestigious Award in Italy.



SPOKANE Spokane, city, United States
Spokane (spōkăn`), city (1990 pop. 177,196), seat of Spokane co., E Wash., at the spectacular falls of the Spokane River; inc. 1881.
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WHAT:        For the first time ever, the prestigious Cavaliere per
             las Pace (Knight of Peace) award is being presented to an
             organization rather than an individual. People to People
             Ambassador Programs, headquartered in Spokane,
             Washington, USA, was presented with the award in Assisi,
             Italy on June 22, 2006. Mary Jean Eisenhower,
             granddaughter of People to People founder President
             Dwight D. Eisenhower and CEO of People to People
             International, traveled to Assisi to accept the esteemed
             award. Mother Teresa, Mikhail Gorbachev and Pope John
             Paul II are previous recipients of the Knight of Peace
             award, considered one of the most important titles for
             the curriculum vitae of the Nobel Prize.

WHO:         People to People Ambassador Programs, in partnership with
             Full On Europe in Assisi, provides educational and
             cultural experiences for American students, promoting
             world peace through communication, involvement and
             understanding.

VISUALS:     Mary Eisenhower receiving award.
             Student Ambassadors with Mary Eisenhower in Italy

STATEMENTS:
             Full On Europe Managing Director Graeme Badland announced
             "I am honored and delighted to be associated with an
             organization like People to People and pleased that this
             recognition comes during their 50th anniversary year."

             President George W. Bush, current honorary chairman of
             People to People International, asserts, "Our nation
             counts on young Americans to be our youth ambassadors of
             goodwill to the world, to tell others of our national
             diversity, but also to emphasize the common bonds that we
             share as people. I enthusiastically support People to
             People's contributions to international friendship and
             communication."

PEOPLE TO PEOPLE INFO:

             President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded People to People
             in 1956 with the belief that ordinary citizens of
             different nations, if able to communicate directly, would
             solve their differences and find a way to live in peace.
             Since the first student delegation to Berlin in 1963,
             thousands of young Americans have safely traveled across
             international borders, returning home with a greater
             sense of what it means to be a global citizen. Today,
             Student Ambassadors have the opportunity to journey to 34
             countries on all seven continents.

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