PRESS ADVISORY

For Immediate Release
May 10, 2011

Contact: Stefanie Faucher, 415-243-0143 or stefanie@deathpenalty.org

What: The 20th Annual Awards Dinner hosted by Death Penalty Focus (DPF) will celebrate individuals who have made significant contributions to the movement to end the death penalty.

When: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 6:00pm Reception, 7:15pm Program.

Where: Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Please check in at the press table.

Who: Honorees include:

  • 2011 Courageous Leadership Award: The Honorable Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois. I March of this year, Gov. Quinn signed legislation repealing the death penalty in Illinois making it the 16th state without capital punishment.

  • Justice in the Arts Award: Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank for her performance in the film Conviction.
  • The Mike Farrell Human Rights Award: Stephen Bright, President and Senior Counsel, The Southern Center for Human Rights
  • The Mario Cuomo Acts of Courage Award: Lance Lindsey will receive special recognition for 16 years of service as Executive Director. Lance retired in April.
  • The Rose Elizabeth Bird Commitment to Justice Award: Thomas Schlamme, Television Director/Producer whose credits include: The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and Sports Night.
  • The Norman Felton and Denise Aubuchon Humanitarian Award: Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange
  • 2011 Abolition Award: The Death Penalty Clinic at Berkeley Law School led by Director Elisabeth Semel and Associate Director Ty Alper.

Additional notables in attendance include: Mike Farrell, Shelley Fabares, Tony Goldwyn, Christine Lahti, Julia Ormond, Melissa Gilbert and Amy Aquino.

Beverly Hills –Death Penalty Focus, the nation’s largest membership based non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the death penalty and its alternatives will hold its 20th Annual Award Dinner in Beverly Hills on May 12th. The organization will recognize leaders from the legal, advocacy, political, religious and entrainment professions who are making significant contributions to ending the death penalty. Founded in 1988, the DPF is based in San Francisco. For more information, visit: www.deathpenalty.org.

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