The National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) celebrates its 25th annual Peacemaker Awards on Thursday, March 14, 2013. The inspiring event recognizes individuals and organizations for their creative and effective collaborations and solutions to crises and conflict. This year also marks NCRC’s 30th anniversary.

In honor of its anniversary, NCRC will honor two organizations based in the non-profit’s own town. The 2013 National Peacemaker Award recipient is the USNS Mercy and the Local Peacemaker Honoree is The Preuss School UCSD.

The USNS Mercy is the lead ship of hospital ships in the United States Navy providing rapid, flexible and mobile acute medical and surgical services to support U.S. military units ashore and afloat. The ship secondarily acts as a mobile surgical hospital for use by U.S. government agencies in humanitarian civic assistance, disaster or humanitarian relief. USNS Mercy missions focus on diplomacy, and it is one of just two American ships originally built for war but now used as an instrument of peace. Accepting the award on behalf of the ship will be Capt. Tim Hinman.

The Preuss School follows a rigorous college preparatory curriculum to help low-income students distinguish themselves academically so they will be competitively eligible for college admission. The majority of Preuss students are the first in their families to attend a four-year university. The school’s mission includes the development of strong character, healthy lifestyles, good judgment, ethical behavior and instilling a sense of service to one’s home community. Accepting the award on behalf of The Preuss School will be Principal Scott Barton and a student.

In celebration of its 30 years, NCRC will honor the USNS Mercy and The Preuss School as locally based entities whose reach extends nationally and internationally, much as NCRC programs and services impact communities here in San Diego and across the globe.

Sponsors of the 2013 Peacemaker Awards include SDG&E and Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch.

The Peacemaker Awards dinner is open to the public and will be held at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina. Tickets are $200 per person or $2,500 for a table of ten and can be purchased at or by calling 619-238-2400 x222.

Established in 1983, the San Diego-based National Conflict Resolution Center is an internationally recognized not-for-profit organization specializing in alternative conflict resolution services, mediation training and credentialing. With 30 years of experience and more than 25,000 cases managed, NCRC operates three offices throughout San Diego County to best serve the community. For more information, please visit



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