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Local Heroes, Global Impact: World Citizen and World Educator Award Ceremony

March 4, 2014 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

| VIP Reception starts @ 5:30pm

Preregistration is closed for this event. Tickets for the public program will be available for purchase when doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Join the World Affairs Council to celebrate our 2014 World Citizen and World Educator Award Winners. At this event we will be announcing our new partnership with Seattle’s Decibel Festival, an international music and visual arts festival, with a special performance and speech by the founder and President, Sean Horton. The evening will also include a special guest appearance by photojournalist Micah Albert. 1st prize winner of the World Press Photo contest on contemporary issues featuring his work in Dandora.


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 Our Master of Ceremony,Penny LeGate,  is a well-known and highly respected multi-media journalist who has earned a loyal viewership throughout the Northwest.  A native of Nebraska, she held several broadcast jobs around the nation until landing in Seattle in 1986.  As co-host of Evening Magazine on KING 5, she earned a Regional Emmy award for “Best Host.”    A decade later, Penny moved across the street to join the KIRO 7 news team.  At KIRO she anchored various newscasts and collected numerous awards including another Emmy for her documentary work.  Most recently, Penny turned to freelancing to concentrate on global issues such as clean water, polio eradication, malaria, AIDS orphans, the education of girls, and biodiversity preservation.   For the past decade, she has reported from far-flung places such as Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia, Iceland, Vietnam and India.   She speaks in venues all around the world sharing her colorful stories and images and was chosen to be a keynote speaker at the Rotary International Convention in New Orleans.  For her humanitarian work in Africa and Asia, Rotary has awarded Penny five Paul Harris Fellowships.


original filename: IMG_6095-Edit.jpgOur World Citizen award will be presented to Dan O’Neill, founder of Mercy Corps. Today Mercy Corps is one of the most respected NGOs in the world helping millions of people recover from disasters, build stronger communities and find their own solutions to poverty. In 1979, Dan co-founded Save the Refugees Fund, an emergency relief task force assisting Cambodian refugees following the infamous “Killing Fields” catastrophe. In 1980, he attended White House Cambodia Crisis Committee events at the request of then-First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who has continued to lend her support and encouragement over three decades. In 1981, Dan incorporated Mercy Corps with a mission to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people to build just, secure and productive communities. Since then, the global aid agency has generated billions of dollars in humanitarian assistance in more than 100 countries, assisting children and families with cost-efficient, high-impact relief and development programs through a broad range of services and innovative strategies. Dan was born in Olympia, Washington, in 1948. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington and in 2008 was named among its top 100 graduates. He has received honorary doctorates from Warner Pacific College (2004), Willamette University (2007) and the University of Portland (2009).


Noah_ZeichnerOur World Educator award will be presented to Noah Zeichner, teacher at Chief Sealth International High School. For almost a decade, Noah has taught Social Studies and Spanish at Chief Sealth International High School. He works diligently to keep each of his students engaged on a global level. For the past seven years Noah has taught a class
called Global Leadership in which students learn to work as a community as they study contemporary global problems. His students then take their knowledge to a nearby elementary school and teach 4th graders lessons that they develop together. In 2010, one of his Global Leadership students won a scholarship to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival as part of the Bezos Scholars Program. Noah and his student returned from Aspen to co-found World Water Week, a local ideas festival that is now in its fourth year. Outside of the classroom, Noah wears many “world educator” hats. In 2011 he was chosen by the International Research & Exchanges Board to be a Teacher for Global Classrooms Fellow. This program, sponsored by U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, included a trip to visit schools in Brazil in 2012.  Since 2004 he has served as a Global Visionaries Lead Teacher and has traveled to Guatemala with students multiple times. For the past three years, he has split his time between teaching and working with the Center for Teaching Quality, supporting their global teacher leadership initiatives.


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Special guest Appearance and Performance by Sean Horton (a.k.a Nordic Soul). Sean is the founder and President of the Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance Visual Art and New Media in Seattle. As the Decibel Festival is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary of bringing international artists to Seattle, the World Affairs Council is thrilled to announce our new partnership with this amazing organization. Founded in 2003, Decibel Festival has become a unique platform for exposing attendees to leading-edge multimedia art from around the globe. With a focus on live performance, interactive multimedia art, state-of-the-art sound and technology based education; Decibel has solidified itself as one of the premier electronic music festivals and promotional organizations in the world. The five-day festival program averages over 25,000 attendees a year. Over the years Decibel has hosted hundreds of events, featuring over 1,000 unique performers from over 40 countries. Outside of the annual festival program, Decibel Productions producers over 50 events per year, ranging from intimate club performances to massive international festival stages.



Micah AlbertSpecial guest appearance by photojournalist Micah Albert(pictured above).  Albert is a freelance documentary photographer represented by Redux Pictures photo agency. Based in northern California, he specializes in and is passionate about difficult-to-access regions in Africa, the Middle East, North America and the ensuing, and often times under-covered, issues. Since  2004 Micah has worked on documenting projects including the global food crisis in Yemen, Dinka cattle camps in South Sudan, insecurity and unrest in Darfur refugee camps in Chad, marginalized Kurds living in Syria, undocumented refugees living in Jordan, gender-based violence in rebel-controlled territories in DR Congo, post-election unrest in Kenya, and overfishing practices in Tanzania. His most recent work in Southern Algeria captures the intensity of the deserted area, the insecurity in the region, as well as the role of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic’s rebels in one of the most dangers axes in the world. Albert is a grantee from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting to work in Africa’s largest dump site. He also won 1st Prize from World Press Photo, Contemporary Issues on his work in Dandora as well as National Geographic Magazine’s annual photo contest.


Don’t miss these incredible individuals and their personal stories of triumph.

Ticket Cost

  • Free for Students
  • $18 Members
  • $28 Non-Members
  • $75 VIP


  • VIP Reception starts @5:30pm
  • Doors for general public open @ 6:30pm
  • Public program starts @ 7:00pm

 Host Committee:

  • Radha Friedman
  • Radmila Sarac
  • Betsy Hale
  • Susan Heikkala
  • Kristen Dailey
  • Sharon Hammel
  • Barbara Standal
  • Josie Noah
  • Laurie Taylor

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!


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March 4, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
VIP Reception starts @ 5:30pm
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World Affairs Council


Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 United States
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