People to People Ambassador Programs Awarded International Peace Prize June 22, 2006; Spokane-Based Organization Receives Prestigious Award in Italy.
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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
VISUALS: Mary Eisenhower receiving award.
Student Ambassadors with Mary Eisenhower in Italy
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
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.