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Activist David Kaczynski, Musician Ruth Pelham Among Honorees at Hudson Valley's Second Annual Celebration of HopePhoto Available

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, September 27, 2004

Singer-songwriter Ruth Pelham and New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty Executive Director David Kaczynski will be among those honored at Hudson Valley Community College's Celebration of Hope on Wednesday, October 13, at the Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium.

The second annual event begins at 6:30 p.m. and honors those in the Capital Region who have shown a special commitment to peace and non-violence. Sister Anne Bryan Smollin, C.S.J. will host the event, which will include musical performances by Pelham and award presentations to Kaczynski, Pelham and six other honorees.

Kaczynski will be honored for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty, a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to the abolition of the death penalty. Pelham, an icon of the Albany music scene, recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Music Mobile, an outreach effort that she started to bring music into the community.

Other honorees include:

  • Troy High School graduate Russell Krueger, who started the organization "Students for Peace" at Troy High;
  • Hudson Valley Community College Early Childhood graduate Rachel Rice, who has participated in several religious outreach missions around the world;
  • Hudson Valley alumnus Nancy Rockwell, the volunteer coordinator for Doors of Hope in West Sand Lake;
  • Hudson Valley faculty member Peter Sanzen, who is a founding member of the Justice Studies Association;
  • University at Albany faculty member Dennis Sullivan, co-author of the book "Restorative Justice: Healing the Foundations of Our Everyday Lives."

Tickets are $6. Those who bring three non-perishable food items for the campus food pantry will be admitted free. Current Hudson Valley Community College students also will be admitted free.


Sister Anne Bryan Smollin Ruth Pelham
Sister Anne Bryan Smollin, C.S.J., Ph.D.
Master of Ceremonies
Ruth Pelham
Artist for Peace Award


David Kaczynski
Rachel Rice
Nancy Rockwell
Peter Sanzen
Dennis Sullivan
Russell Krueger
David Kaczynski
Humanitarian Peace Award
Rachel Rice
Student Peace Award
Nancy Rockwell
Alumni Peace Award
Peter Sanzen
Faculty/Staff/Administrator Peace Award
Dennis Sullivan
Capital District Peace Award
Russell Krueger
Young Person Peace Award

For more information about the event call 629-HOPE.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.