CNN Hero and Arava Institute to Receive Awards at Gala
Maggie Doyne, a Mendham native who founded the BlinkNow Foundation to serve women and children in post–civil war Nepal, will be honored with a Peacebuilder Award at Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict Gala on May 11 at a private home in Mendham.
Doyne, now 28, was recently named a CNN Hero and has appeared in a feature article on D.I.Y foreign aid in New York Times Magazine. She was also recognized by the Dalai Lama and was the focus of a recent social media fundraising phenomenon started by bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert. Through BlinkNow, Doyne has opened a home for Nepalese orphans, a school that serves 350 students, a medical and counseling clinic and a women’s center. She is raising 50 of the orphans herself and is a guest speaker at schools in the United States where she shares her story with college students.
Drew CRCC will also present a Peacebuilder Award to the Arava Institute of Environmental Studies, a premier environmental studies and research institute that brings together students from around the Middle East to solve contemporary environmental challenges while promoting cooperation in the region. David Lehrer, executive director of the institute, will accept the award.
Chris Rodriguez, director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, will serve as the keynote speaker. Director Rodriguez is a Morris County native who earned his PhD from the University of Notre Dame. He served for more than a decade in the U.S. intelligence community before being tapped by Governor Chris Christie to head the Office of Homeland Security. Director Rodriguez has been recognized with several awards from the director of National Intelligence for his leadership and professional achievements, both in the United States and abroad.
The world music ensemble group Jaffna will perform at the gala, which starts with a VIP reception at 6 p.m. and the awards presentation at 7 p.m. Visit the event page to learn about the event or to purchase tickets. For more information contact 973-408-3227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.