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Tickets Now On Sale for Elie Wiesel’s Return to Charlotte March 27, 2007,

Commemorating The Echo Foundation’s 10th Anniversary

and Voices Against Indifference Initiative

 

 

Sally Dalton Robinson, Noted Civic Leader, To Receive

2007 Echo Award Against Indifference

Charlotte, N.C. (Jan. 3, 2007) – Tickets are now on sale for The Echo Foundation’s March 27, 2007, lecture, entitled, “Against Indifference,” by Elie Wiesel, 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor.  A Decade Inspired by Elie Wiesel, sponsored by The Leon Levine Foundation: Sandra and Leon Levine, is Echo’s 2006-2007 yearlong, community-wide educational project, celebrating Wiesel’s life-affirming work around the world as well as his contributions to the Charlotte community.  This annual program of The Echo Foundation features a speaker whose life’s work illustrates how one person can make a difference to benefit humanity and change the world.  (Editor note: With our photo of Wiesel, please use this photo credit, © Peter Badge/Typos1 in coop. with Foundation Lindau Nobel prize winner, go towww.cpwadv.com/pr/eliewiesel.jpg.)

Tickets may be purchased by going to http://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail.asp?id=457 or through the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Box Office, located in Founders Hall at 130 North Tryon Street, telephone 704.372.1000.  Ticket prices are $65 for adults, $35 for seniors and students.  The event will be held at the Belk Theater in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center on March 27, 2007, at 6:30 p.m.

Anniversary Patrons’ Ticket Packages (attendance for ten and recognition in program) are now available for $3,000 to those who wish to meet Professor Wiesel and honor Award Recipient Sally Robinson at a private reception for patrons in the Belk Theater lobby at 5:00 p.m. Individual Patrons’ Tickets may also be purchased for $250.  All patrons will receive preferred seating at the lecture.  To purchase Patrons’ Tickets or the Anniversary Patrons’ Package, email [email protected] or call 704.347.3844.

Sally Dalton Robinson, long recognized as one of Charlotte’s leading women activists for justice and positive social change, will be honored with the 2007 Echo Award Against Indifference.  She will receive the award at the Patrons’ reception from Harvey Gantt, former Mayor of Charlotte, and from Stan Brookshire, Chairman of Presbyterian Healthcare, prior to Professor Wiesel’s lecture.  (Editor note: For a photo of Sally Robinson, go to www.cpwadv.com/pr/sallyrobinson.jpg.)

“Robinson’s long record of community service magnifies The Echo Foundation’s message that one person can speak out, take action and make a difference,” said Echo Foundation President Stephanie Ansaldo.

“By celebrating Sally’s achievements and honoring her passionate commitment to making our world a better place, we seek to inspire all people to think and act to better the human condition,” added Ansaldo.

As a founding trustee of The Echo Foundation, Robinson helped to shape the organization into a substantive source of global educational enrichment across the region.  She currently serves on The Echo Foundation’s Charlotte Board of Advisors and also lends her talents to the boards of the Levine Museum of the New South where she is Founding Chair Emerita, the National Humanities Center, the North Carolina Humanities Council, MDC Inc., Foundation for the Carolinas, the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the President’s Council of Central Piedmont Community College, and the Advisory Board of the Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange.

About The Echo Foundation Award Against Indifference

The Echo Award Against Indifference was established in February 2000 to honor a member of the Mecklenburg County community who works “with an eye towards peace, a heart filled with compassion and a voice against indifference, in order to remind our community of its highest ideals.”  Previous recipients are the late Joe Martin, Bishop George E. Battle Jr., the late Sister Mary Thomas Burke, former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt, former UNC Charlotte Chancellor Dean Colvard, former Bank of America Chairman Hugh McColl Jr., and developer Howard C. “Smoky” Bissell.

About The Echo Foundation

The Echo Foundation was founded in 1997 to carry on the message Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel brought to Charlotte that year – a call to action for human dignity, justice and moral courage.  Recent Echo Foundation Voices Against Indifference guest speakers and programs include the 2005 program featuring five Nobel Laureates in science and medicine, Doctors Without Borders founder Dr. Bernard Kouchner, Harvard Afro-American Studies Department Chairman Henry Louis Gates Jr., Columbia Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs, Nobel Laureate for Literature Wole Soyinka, human rights advocate Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, and Chinese dissident Harry Wu.  For more information about the various student and community-wide educational opportunities planned in conjunction with A Decade Inspired by Elie Wiesel, visitwww.echofoundation.org.

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