Just Harvest honors pair
The "City of Champions" will host a pair of champions of a different sort today, Tuesday, Oct. 4, as South Side-based anti-hunger organization Just Harvest honors two dedicated leaders in the fight against hunger here and abroad.
Former U.S. Congressman from Ohio and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies on Food and Agriculture Tony Hall and recently retired CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Joyce Rothermel will be the distinguished guests at Just Harvest's 23rd Annual Harvest Celebration Dinner.
The event will take place at the Omni William Penn Hotel's 17th Floor ballroom, 530 William Penn Place, Downtown. A VIP reception at 5:30 p.m. will kick off the event, with the dinner and program@slated to start at 7:00. Mr. Hall will offer the keynote address titled "Overcoming Hunger: A Renewed Commitment," and Ms. Rothermel will be presented with Just Harvest's "Seeds of Justice" award for 2011.
A founding member of Just Harvest's Board of Directors, a co-founder of the Food Bank, and a board president of the Hunger Action Coalition (from which both these organizations resulted) Ms. Rothermel has played an integral role in our community's anti-hunger movement for more than 30 years.
@Mr. Hall is a lifelong anti-hunger activist whose work has taken him far beyond his Ohio home district. From 2002 through 2006, he served as President George W. Bush's Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture. Over his earlier tenure as chairman of the House Select Committee on Hunger, he visited over 100 hunger-stricken countries, and even fasted in protest for 22 days when the committee was dissolved in 1993.
Mr. Hall wrote about these experiences in his 2007 book, "Changing the Face of Hunger: One Man's Story of How Liberals, Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, and People of Faith Are Joining Forces to Help the Hungry, the Poor, and the Oppressed," which presents the policy response to chronic hunger as a solidly nonpartisan issue.
Mr. Hall's anti-hunger advocacy is guided by his own@committed faith, and@he has written from that@perspective frequently in support of both domestic and international anti-hunger policies. He@currently serves@as Director of the Washington D.C.-based Alliance to End Hunger.
"Tony and Joyce are true champions for poor and hungry people – locally, nationally, and worldwide – and the honor is truly ours to host them at this year's dinner," said Just Harvest Co-Director Tara Marks.
Charles Showalter, host of the Union Edge Talk Radio show will serve as this year's master of ceremonies.