NEWS ARCHIVE 03/25/2003-04/02/2003
Los Angeles, CA (March 28, 2003)
-Virtually every major newspaper and broadcast outlet in America
and overseas has reported the phenomenon of the new global peace
symbol: The Dove of Peace pin from Global Vision for Peace, and
worn by world-famous celebrities at the 75th annual Academy Awards
held last Sunday in Los Angeles. The stars have offered their pins
for auction on Ebay to promote global peace.
Of the celebrity-worn DovePeace
pin auctions on Ebay, sixteen are already over $1000, with nearly
a week to go. The total cumulative tally so far is $22,000-plus.
The non-profit Global Vision for
Peace, founded by Cliff Rothman and Xorin Balbes just over two months
ago, is directing 100% of proceeds from the Ebay auctions toward
removing devastating landmines and replacing them with seeds of
new agricultural growth in war-torn countries via Roots of Peace,
founded by Heidi Kuhn; and eliminating weapons of mass destruction,
reducing conflict over natural resources, and reducing dependency
on fossil fuels, including Middle East oil, via Global Green USA
(founded by Diane Meyer Simon) and Green Cross International (founded
by President Mikhail Gorbachev).
USA Today and Womens Wear
Daily anointed the Dove of Peace pin worn by so many of this years
Academy award nominees, winners, presenters and attendees "the
evenings hottest fashion accessory and The New York Times
reported on the Dove of Peace pin dominating the Oscars in a story
with the headline, "The Land of the Oscars, the Home of the
An audience of a billion people
saw the Dove of Peace pin on the gowns and lapels of nearly three
dozen Academy Award attendees including Adrien Brody, Meryl Streep,
Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Nicole Kidman, Chris Cooper, Pedro
Almodovar, Anjelica Huston, Martin Scorsese, Rob Marshall, Daniel
Day-Lewis, Salma Hayek, Kathy Bates, Brendan Fraser, Geena Davis,
Ben Kingsley, Marcia Gay Harden and others. Global Vision for Peace
has received nearly a thousand orders and requests for information
about the Dove of Peace pins, commissioned from artist Henry Dunay
as a visual symbol of peace and inspired by Pablo Picassos
Dove of Peace paintings.
At the Global Vision for Peace launch reception on Thursday, March
20, covered by 150 local, national and international broadcast and
print media, a message of Peace was sent from India by His Holiness
the Dalai Lama and read by Drew Barrymore. United Nations Assistant
Secretary-General Gillian Sorensen delivered a message, and John
Lennon's "Imagine" was performed, at the personal request
of Yoko Ono.
DOVE OF PEACE PIN FROM GLOBAL VISION FOR PEACE TAKES
CENTER STAGE AT ACADEMY AWARDS MORE THAN 20 WINNERS, NOMINEES AND
PRESENTERS WEAR PIN HOLDING UP THE LIGHT OF PEACE AROUND THE WORLD.
ORDERS FLOOD DESIGNER HENRY DUNAY AND GLOBAL VISION FOR PEACE WITH
PROCEEDS GOINGTO HELP REMOVE LANDMINES AND RESTORE ECOLOGY.
Los Angeles, CA -- March 24, 2004 -- The
phones were ringing off the hook on Monday at the offices of the
non-profit Global Vision for Peace in Los Angeles as well as pin
designer Henry Dunay's New York studio, with calls and orders for
the Dove of Peace Pin seen on Sunday nights Oscar telecast.
The GVP website (www.GlobalVisionforPeace.org) has had more than
400 order inquiries for both the gold and diamond version, and the
silver. Dunay's office is also getting requests from American and
Tuesday's New York Times reports on the Dove of Peace pin dominating
the Oscars in a story with the headline, "The Land of the Oscars,
the Home of the Dove." USA Today anointed the Dove of Peace
pin "the evenings hottest fashion accessory."
At least 5 major Academy Award winners were wearing
the Dove of Peace pin from Global Vision for Peace, including Best
Actor Adrien Brody ("The Pianist"); Best Actress Nicole
Kidman; Best Supporting Actor Chris Cooper ("Adaptation");
Best Original Screenplay Pedro Almodovar ("Talk to Her");
and Producer Craig Zadan for Best Picture ("Chicago").
At least 8 Academy Award nominees wore the Dove of Peace Pin, including
Best Director nominee Rob Marshall ("Chicago"), Best Actor
nominee Daniel Day-Lewis ("The Gangs of New York"), Best
Actress nominee Salma Hayek ("Frida"), Best Supporting
Actress nominee Meryl Streep ("Adaptation"), Best Supporting
Actress nominee Kathy Bates, Best Director nominee Pedro Almodovar
("Talk to Her"), Best Director nominee Martin Scorsese
("The Gangs of New York"), Best Cinematographer nominee
Dion Beebe and Best Costume Design nominee Ann Roth.
Additionally, at least 7 presenters and returning
Oscar winners wore the Dove of Peace pin from Global Vision for
Peace, including Anjelica Huston, Susan Sarandon, Brendan Fraser,
Geena Davis, Richard Gere, Ben Kingsley and Marcia Gay Harden.
The celebrity-worn pins are being auctioned on Ebay by the non-profit
Global Vision for Peace, with all proceeds going toward removing
devastating landmines and replacing them with seeds of new agricultural
growth in war-torn countries via Roots of Peace, founded by Heidi
Kuhn; and to Global Green USA and its American affiliate Green Cross
International, founded by Mikhail Gorbachev, to promote peace and
a safer planet through the neutralization of existing stockpiles
of nuclear weapons and reducing the ecological damage caused by
war and conflict.
Co-founded by designer-developer Xorin Balbes and
national journalist Cliff Rothman, the goal of Global Vision for
Peace is to manifest a collective voice to speak out for Peace everywhere.
The pin, as a visual symbol of peace to be transmitted around the
globe via the Academy Awards, was commissioned by Global Vision
for Peace founders Cliff Rothman and Xorin Balbes, who asked American
designer Henry Dunay to interpret Picasso's world-famous image of
peace. Dunay is one of the leading jewelry artists in the world,
having done commissions for Buckingham Palace and The White House.
His international clientele has included Princess Diana of Wales,
(who inspired the founder of Roots of Peace, one of Global Vision
for Peace's philanthropic partners); Elizabeth Taylor, Hillary Clinton,
Nancy Reagan, Salma Hayek, Mrs. Denzel Washington, and others.
At the launch reception on Thursday, March 20, covered by 150 local,
national and international broadcast and print media, a message
of Peace was sent from India by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and
read by Drew Barrymore. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan
sent a message that was delivered by U.N. Assistant Secretary-General
Gillian Sorensen, and John Lennon's "Imagine," at the
request of Yoko Ono, was performed.
For immediate information, contact
Carol Marshall, PMK, @ 310 289 6200 or
Cliff Rothman, Global Vision for Peace,
@ 323 666 6646