September 21 is the United Nations International Day of Peace. To celebrate, The MY HERO Project is pleased to honor activist, author, and artist Ron Kovic for his tireless efforts toward peace. Kovic, a longtime supporter of the MY HERO Project, has been an outspoken champion for peace since the 1960s. As a Marine Corps sergeant, he was paralyzed from the mid-chest down during combat in Vietnam. Kovic then turned his attention toward peace, leading marches and becoming a prominent spokesperson for the anti-war movement.
Kovic shared his experiences in his autobiography, Born On The Fourth Of July, which became a best seller. He co-wrote the screenplay adaptation that director Oliver Stone turned into an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning film, starring Tom Cruise. He has spent the past 42 years speaking out for the rights of veterans and victims of war.
Each year, Kovic sponsors the Ron Kovic Peace Award at the MY HERO International Short Film Festival. The award goes to the short film that best represents the theme of peace and offers a $1000 cash prize to support the efforts of artists and peace activists. Kovic’s story is chronicled on the MY HERO website (http://myhero.com/ronkovic).
The Peace Day celebration will be held at MY HERO’s new home in the Herb Alpert Educational Village at the Capshaw-Spielberg Center for Arts and Educational Justice. The center is located at the New Roads School in Santa Monica, CA. The event will feature musical performances, art, film clips and celebrity guest speakers. CODE PHRASE: SUPPORT PEACE & WIN TICKETS!!!
The MY HERO Project is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that uses the power of media and technology to inspire, educate and empower people around the world. Each year millions of students in 194 countries use this online educational resource to share and discover stories, art, films and music about those making a positive difference in the world.
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Tickets for this fundraiser are available online. To reserve your seat and support our global learning project, please visit http://myhero.com/RSVP
If you cannot attend the event, we welcome your donation. http://myhero.com/donate
To learn more about Ron Kovic and his great work to promote peace, please visit http://myhero.com/KovicPeace
General Admission is $100 and VIP Tickets are $250. (VIP entrance is at 6:30)
Where: Herb Alpert Educational Village, Capshaw-Spielberg Center for Arts and Educational Justice at the New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd. Santa Monica 90404
When: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm