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The United Nations Association of Broward County will celebrate local leaders and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights during annual UN Day Event

     PEMBROKE PINES, FL — Broward County Chapter UNA-USA will honor local champions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), as part of more than 200 UN Day celebrations across the United States. Every October, the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and its national network of Chapters, honor UN Day to celebrate the anniversary of the UN’s founding on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1948. This year, UNA-USA’s national UN Day theme is “Human Rights, Close to Home” which recognizes community leaders — including private businesses, government officials, and nonprofit members — supporting the UN’s commitment to human rights. UN Day events take place at a pivotal moment for the U.S.-UN relationship, as policy-makers on Capitol Hill consider funding cuts that would threaten UN priorities.

Local heroes to be honored at this year’s annual UN Day Scholarship & Awards Luncheon, include (see photo, rows, l to r): Collis Sherman Bell, Velma Tate Blaine, Dr. Claudette Pauline Richards Derrick, Dr. Sue Gallagher, Thaddeus Hamilton, Laurick Ingram (U.N. Blue Sponsor), Mayor Wayne Messam, Nancy Metayer, Commissioner Dr. Bar-bara Sharief (U.N. Blue Sponsor), Ty Thompson, and Gordon Weekes. The guest speaker will be Wasim Mir, Senior Fellow for UN Reform at the UN Foundation. Tamara Gant, 101.5 LITE FM, will be the program emcee. The program will include: Dining, entertainment and networking, supported by hard-working Broward UNA-USA Volunteers, including Dr. Eileen Davis-Jerome, Southeast Regional Representative for UNA-USA National Council, and President of Broward County Chapter UNA-USA.

The celebration will be held on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, from 2 to 6 p.m., (media at 1 p.m.) at Signature Grand, 6900 St. Rd. 84 Davie, Fla., 33317. Proceeds support UNA’s local and national programs, for the UN’s “Global Goals”. UNA’s humanitarian campaign, “Adopt-A-Future”, focuses on the global refugee crisis and educating refugee children. This initiative is dedicated to raising funds to support schools in camps and communities in nine countries and helping refugees in our own communities. At the event, attendees will be encouraged to send letters to their Members of Congress, in support of full funding for the UN and its vital work, as well as petitioning Congress to pledge their continued support for the UDHR. Broward UNA-USA is a 501(c)(3) charity and welcomes donations. For admissions (adult $60, $30 for child 10 & under) contact Fundraising Chair, Lorna Tracey (lornatracey@hotmail.com, (954) 290-8047), Program Chair, Yushika Florence (305-788-8593), or purchase at the website: www.broward-una.org. Broward UNA-USA welcomes new members, at: www.unausa.org/join.

 

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