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 Women’s Wear Daily anointed the Dove of Peace pin worn by so many of this year’s Academy award nominees, winners, presenters and attendees "the evening’s 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 Dove."

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 Picasso’s 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 night’s 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 international retailers.
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 evening’s 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