Pat Costner honored as Peace and Justice Hero

Thursday, September 8, 2011
Photo by Purdy Art Co.

On Sept. 17, peace activists from around the state will gather at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville to honor Arkansans who will receive the 2011 OMNI Center Arkansas Peace and Justice Heroes Award.

Each year OMNI presents awards to five Arkansans who exemplify the broad community vision and commitment to service and humanity that help us move toward a more peaceful and just world.

Recipients for the 2011 Awards are Pat Costner (Environmental Consultant, Eureka Springs), John Coffin (Arkansas Coalition for Peace & Justice, Little Rock), Dr. Norman E. Stafford (Crowley's Ridge Development Council, Jonesboro), Natural DREAMers (DREAM Act Advocate Organization, Fayetteville), and A Ride Till The End (Bicycling Peace Activists, Fayetteville).

They were selected from a slate of 12 remarkable Arkansans who have each done powerful work in their community, state and world.

The evening will begin with a fundraiser cash bar at 5:30 followed by a gourmet vegetarian dinner provided by Greenhouse Grille and the Awards Ceremony. OMNI's founder, Dick Bennett, will give the keynote speech in celebration of OMNI's 10th anniversary. Tickets are $25 each and may be ordered online at

More information about each Awardee and Nominee is posted on OMNI Center's website,

The following nominees will also be recognized during the event: Fadil Bayyari (NW Arkansas), Fayetteville Freethinkers (Fayetteville), Joyce Hale (NW Arkansas), the Institute of Interfaith Dialogue (Fayetteville), Mohja Kahf (Fayetteville), Sam Lane (Greenbriar), and Leyah Lanier (Fayetteville).

The OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology is a 501c3 nonprofit from Fayetteville, Ark. that educates, empowers and connects people to actively work for a nonviolent, sustainable and just world.

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  • Truly, a brave and brilliant person. A hero by any and all standards.

    -- Posted by miko on Sun, Sep 11, 2011, at 3:56 PM
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