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25th Annual Harvest Celebration Dinner
October 22, 2013 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
This year marks our 25th Anniversary Dinner, and we expect over 300 guests, making it our most important fundraising event of the year. Proceeds from the Harvest Celebration Dinner support Just Harvest: A Center for Action Against Hunger, our public policy advocacy arm and our Just Harvest Education Fund, our educational and service arm.
Sister Simone Campbell has dedicated her life to social justice, serving as a religious leader, an attorney, and a poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of peace building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues.During the 2010 congressional debate about healthcare reform, she wrote the famous “nuns’ letter” supporting the reform bill. This action was cited by many as critically important in passing the Affordable Care Act.
In 2012, she was instrumental in organizing the “Nuns on the Bus” tour of nine states to oppose the “Ryan Budget” approved by the House of Representatives and designed to decimate programs for people in need. “Nuns on the Bus” received an avalanche of attention across the nation from religious communities, elected officials and the media. This summer she led a new cross-country Nuns on the Bus focused on comprehensive immigration reform.
She has received numerous awards, including the “Defender of Democracy Award” from the International Parliamentarians for Global Action and “Health Care Heroes Award” from Families USA. In addition, she was a featured speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Prior to working at NETWORK in 2004, Simone served as the executive director of JERICHO, the California interfaith public policy organization that works like NETWORK to protect the interests of people living in poverty. Sister Simone founded and served for 18 years as the lead attorney for the Community Law Center in Oakland,California, where she served the family law and probate needs of the working poor of her county.
We are proud to honor Just Harvest’s founding Board of Directors with the 2013 Seeds of Justice Award. The Seeds of Justice Award is presented annually to individuals or organizations that make extraordinary contributions in advancing Just Harvest’s mission to eliminate hunger and poverty.
It gives us great pleasure to present the 2013 Seeds of Justice Award to our first leaders in the fight to end hunger: Patrick Cleary-Burns, Fr. Garrett Dorsey, Brigid Lund, Tom Menk, Ginnie Mertz, Sr. Jean Murin, Dolores Patrick, Joyce Rothermel, Molly Rush and Rob Shepherd. Thanks to their visionary leadership, Just Harvest continues to be guided by its mission and founding principles.
In 1986, Just Harvest was formed to continue the legacy of Hunger Action Coalition in working to eliminate hunger in our community through public policy advocacy and community education. And for over 25 years, we’ve been a leader in the fight to end hunger and poverty in Allegheny County.