“We build bridges made of mercy for the world. Is there anybody who says ‘Here I am!’ ? "Humanitarian aid’ is aid and action designed to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity during and in the aftermath of emergencies. This year we are featuring Robert Rivard, former San Antonio Express-News Editor and Executive Vice President and now owner of www.therivardreport.com, who will be our keynote speaker and will give a speech about refugees and humanitarian aids titled “Why Global Events Are All Local, Too?” We will also have a silent auction and fundraising for refugees. Reception : 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Ebru (Marbling art) , Live Music, "Francis and The Sultan" Exhibit
Program: 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm Opening Ceremony, Dinner, Keynote Speaker, Award Ceremony, Closing
Robert Rivard is a writer, editor, story teller, communicator, free speech advocate and San Antonio believer. He oversees all editorial, sponsorship, advertising and technical operations as a principal of the Rivard Report, a fast growing, independently owned website promoting brain gain and urban transformation in San Antonio. Rivard is also a principal with The Arsenal Group, a strategic communications consulting firm. He has worked for several Texas newspapers, and was a longtime editor for the San Antonio Express-News. He was a foreign correspondent in Central America and a senior editor at Newsweek magazine. Rivard authored “Trail of Feathers” a critically acclaimed true crime book chronicling the disappearance and murder of reporter Philip True. His professional contributions have been recognized with various awards: Maria Moors Cabot Award from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism; Editor of the Year from Editor and Publisher Magazine; Distinguished Service Award for Foreign Correspondents from the Society of Professional Journalists; and Alumnus of the Year from UTSA. Rivard is a 1996 political science graduate from UTSA, and a 1996 graduate of Northwestern University's Executive Management Program at its Media Management Center. He is married to Monika Maeckle and is the father of two sons.
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