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California Peace Prize to go to 3 community leaders

WOODLAND HILLS, California—Three community leaders will receive the 2013 California Peace Prize from The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) for their efforts to prevent violence.

George Galvis provides healthy alternatives to crime and violence among young people and promotes restorative justice in communities in the Bay Area.

Lali Moheno is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of female farm workers in Tulare County who are often victims of sexual harassment and other forms of violence.

Tasha Williamson, a staunch advocate for peace, provides support and compassion for families in San Diego County who have lost loved ones to gang or gun violence.

“This year’s honorees are visionary leaders who have used limited resources and personal tenacity to create effective responses to violence in their communities,” said Cole Wilbur, interim president and CEO of TCWF.

For their efforts to prevent violence and promote peace, the honorees will each receive a cash award of $25,000 and will be honored on Oct. 10 at TCWF’s 21st annual California Peace Prize ceremony in San Diego.

“We know that solutions to violence can’t be answered easily or quickly,” said Julio Marcial, TCWF’s program director for violence prevention. “But this year’s peace prize honorees have told us we can—and we must—begin to answer this public health issue by coming together, by sharing what we’ve learned, and by being clear about what is working and where we need to improve.”

The California Wellness Foundation is a private independent foundation created in 1992 with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. The foundation prioritizes eight issues for funding: diversity in the health professions, environmental health, healthy aging, mental health, teenage pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, women’s health, and work and health. It also responds to timely issues and special projects outside the funding priorities.

Since its founding in 1992, TCWF has awarded 6,919 grants totaling more than $852 million.

Visit TCWF’s website at CalWellness.org for more information, including a newsroom (link forthcoming) section devoted to the awards and the three honorees. High-resolution photos (link forthcoming) are available, and video interview clips are posted on TCWF’s YouTube channel (link forthcoming).

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