A Children’s Voice for Peace 1996

A Children’s Voice for Peace, 1996

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1996_cbc_la1Under the patronage of His Royal Highness, Prince Henrik of Denmark, FFC organized a seven-city Children’s Voice for Peace public awareness and benefit program featuring the Copenhagen Boys’ Choir. Proceeds from the concerts benefited 16 grass-roots children’s organizations serving underprivileged and at-risk children in the seven U.S. concert cities. Tour stops and beneficiaries included:

New York City, April 17
Beneficiaries: Youth Force, St. John the Divine’s Public Education Program

Columbus, Ohio, April 19
Beneficiaries: Seeding the Future – Weinland Park Community Enrichment Program, Christian Children’s Home of Ohio

Sacramento, California, April 21
Beneficiaries: Sacramento Crisis Nursery, WEAVE Children’s Services Program

San Francisco, California, April 24
Beneficiaries: EPIC Center for Child Maltreatment, Children’s Garden of California, Raphael House

Los Angeles, California, April 27
Beneficiaries: Free Arts for Abused Children, Hope Net, Academia De Pueblo

Dallas, Texas, April 29
Beneficiaries: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, Dare to Dream Foundation

Washington, DC, May 1
Beneficiaries: Children’s Trust Neighborhood Initiative, Latin American Youth Center

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1996 FFC Awards

During the tour, FFC presented awards to honor three young leaders in California, Texas, and Washington, DC who had overcome their disadvantaged backgrounds and made significant contributions to their communities.

The 1996 International Award was presented to Cathryn Michael Murray of Walnut Creek, California for her outstanding work on a global level. Cathryn, a student at Diablo Valley College, founded the Global Teen Club International at the age of 12. The GTCI is an international organization of ethnically diverse and socially aware youth providing an open forum for communication through a monthly publication. She volunteers locally as a youth mentor for the Contra Costa Library and at local juvenile facilities. She is on the national advisory board of Youthwish and is an active participant for the John Keets Foundation for AIDS awareness. Cathryn is working toward recognition of and a cure for CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome). She was named international liaison to the International Association of Educators for World Peace, NGO United Nations.

The National Award was presented to Shawn Adkinson of Washington, DC and Manuel Alcala of Dallas, Texas. Shawn Adkinson, a student at the University of the District of Columbia, is a member of the Children’s Trust Neighborhood Initiative (CTNI) and the force behind CTNI’s performing and youth advocacy troupe, “Pounding for Peace”. Having overcome his own struggles growing up in a difficult environment, Shawn was the leader of many community service efforts at Woodson High School. He is also a member of the “Brothers in Harmony” singing group, whose mission is to bring more powerful and truthful music to young people that counters the current messages promoting drugs and violence.

Manuel Alcala is a student at Grand Prairie High School. He is a member of the Grand Prairie Boys & Girls Club, where he was selected as Youth of the Year for his constant willingness to help and be a role model for the younger members in the Club. Manuel is President of the Viking Keystone Club (service club) where one of this year’s projects is to start a service club for nine- and ten-year-old children.



Worthington Christian Church
Columbus, OH
April 19, 1996



Fremont Presbyterian Church
Sacramento, CA
April 21,1996



Wilshire Temple
Los Angeles, CA
April 27, 1996



Highland Park Presbyterian Church
Dallas, TX
April 29, 1996



Washington Hebrew Congregation Washington, D.C.
May 1, 1996