SPC's 84th Birthday Dinner Canceled

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm
University United Methodist Church
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SPC’s Steering Committee in conjunction with the Birthday Dinner Committee decided to cancel SPC’s 84th Birthday Dinner, originally scheduled for March 28, due to Covid-19. The current likely scenario is that we will postpone it until the fall, but we don't know.

We made the decision Thursday night and wanted to first tell the speaker and others involved with the event before putting it out publicly.

The Birthday Dinner is not only a celebration and an opportunity for organizing. It is also our spring fundraising event. Please consider making a special donation to help make up for the loss of the Birthday Dinner. You may donate online at peacecouncil.net/donate. An anonymous donor has generously volunteered to match Birthday Dinner-related donations dollar for dollar up to $2000 up through May 1. To make sure your donation gets matched, please note it is for the Birthday Dinner. The reason the donor chose $2000 is that typically we net about $3100-5000 at the event.

Our speaker was to have been Dr. Ira Helfand, a leader in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (both Nobel Prize-winning organizations). He was coming to promote the Back from Brink Campaign: A Call to Prevent Nuclear War (www.preventnuclearwar.org). The planned talk had been “Fighting the Growing Threats of Nuclear War and Climate Collapse.” He is an excellent speaker, and we recommend that you check out some of his videos.

The Nuclear Free World Committee is actively seeking endorsements for the campaign; please contact Diane at drswords@gmail.com to participate. They are also hoping to set up virtual meetings between Ira and local political candidates, as well as with potential and current local endorsers of the campaign, and local physicians. If you would like to be part of the virtual meeting, contact drswords@gmail.com.

Many people have already contributed much time in organizing the event. Special thanks to the Committee: Diane Swords, Margrit Diehl, Liz Spence, Wendy Yost, Donna Mühs-McCarten, Michaela Czerkies and Carol Baum. Thanks also to Elaine Denton, Simon Morrin, Latoya Ricks, Gloria Ricks, Amelia Lefevre and University United Methodist Church. We also thank those who had already promised to volunteer that day: the table hosts, cooks and musicians.