DENVER (October 3, 2012) – Attorney Ken Fellman of Denver-based Kissinger & Fellman P.C., will receive the annual Hero Award from the Nobel Laureates-affiliated PeaceJam Foundation at a downtown banquet November 13, 2012.
“It is a thrill for us to honor Ken, since he’s done so much for us, and for so many other nonprofit organizations,” said Dawn Engle, co-founder of the Arvada-based PeaceJam. “He’s a fantastic individual who makes such a huge difference in his community. Arvada is so lucky to have a man like this.”
Fellman was mayor of Arvada 1999-2007 and a city council member 1993-1999. He is the Immediate Past-President of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, a group representing the interests of the nation’s local governments in communications matters. Also, he has been appointed by Colorado Governors Bill Ritter and John Hickenlooper to the Colorado Channel Authority; he currently serves as city attorney in Cherry Hills Village; and he is an adjunct professor teaching Telecommunications Law and Policy at the University of Colorado Law School.
Engle credits Fellman for encouraging PeaceJam to move to Arvada, for his assistance in helping the organization find office space, and for acting as chairman for the first PeaceJam Hero Awards Luncheon in 2008. “He’s been a supporter of the program in every way possible. He is an amazing friend, and no matter what we need help with, he’s always there for us.”
“I’m honored to receive this award, and humbled by the amazing work that Dawn and PeaceJam have done, and the profound impact they have made on thousands of young people around the world,” said Fellman. “I take great satisfaction in believing that my service has, in some small way, helped PeaceJam in its efforts.”
The 4th Annual PeaceJam Hero Awards Luncheon will be held in the Seawell Grand Ballroom of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. A keynote address will be given by Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee. Gbowee played a pivotal role in ending the Liberian civil war, and is founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. She will speak on breaking the cycle of violence, drawing on her work and experience in creating peace in her country.
PeaceJam will also present a Hero Award to Edie Lutnick, co-founder and executive director of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and author of An Unbroken Bond.
PeaceJam is an international education program built around leading Nobel Peace Laureates who work personally with youth to pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody. The goal of PeaceJam is to inspire a new generation of peacemakers who will transform their local communities, themselves, and the world. Since its launch in 1996, more than 600,000 youth have participated in the PeaceJam program creating and implementing almost 1 million service projects. Over 150 PeaceJam youth events have taken place in over 10 different countries throughout the world. Visit www.peacejam.org for more information.