RUTLAND - Rutland Dismas House will be celebrating their
23rd Annual Benefit Dinner and Auction on Sunday, June 9, at the
Holiday Inn in Rutland.
Dismas will present the 2013 Jack Hickey, OP Award to Dr. Maria
J. Stephan, a North Clarendon, Vt. native and Mill River Union High
School graduate. Maria now works as a Lead Foreign Affairs Officer
for the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Conflict and
Stabilization Operations in Syria, previously being assigned to the
U.S. Embassy in Kabul Afghanistan. She has also worked for the
International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, was an adjunct
professor at Georgetown and American Universities, and has worked
with the European/NATO policy office in Brussels and with civil
society organizations in Sri Lanka, Russia, Israel, and
In 2011 Maria co-authored the book, "Why Civil Resistance Works:
The Strategic Logic of Non-Violent Conflict". Due to the ideas
expressed in this book of how non-violent resistance brings about
political change much more effectively than the use of violence,
Maria and Erica Chenoweth have won the 2013 University of
Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. This
same book also won the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for
best book published in the United States on government, politics or
During the summer of 1996 during her break from Boston College,
Maria lived as a student resident at the Rutland Dismas House. We
are privileged to honor Maria as she has taken the heart of Dismas
to an international level.
Richard Stack will be the Keynote Speaker. Richard is a
Professor from the School of Communications at American University
in Washington DC. His latest book, just out in April 2013, is
titled "Grave Injustice: Unearthing Wrongful Executions".
Previously, in his work to encourage continual dialogue to bring
state-sanctioned killing to a halt, he wrote Dead Wrong: Violence,
Vengeance, and the Victims of Capital Punishment. Richard will look
at his work and the work of Dismas to show how works of forgiveness
and second chances are better for the world in the long run.
Professor Lillian Jackson will be honored with the Mary O'
Award. Lillian teaches in the Social Work Department at Castleton
State College. She has supervised many of the student interns who
have come to Dismas over the years. She also volunteers as our
Public Relations/Media chair during our annual Dinner Auction Event
every year. Lillian has been a faithful supporter of the Rutland
Dismas House from the beginning days.
Cooks from The United Methodist Church will be honored with the
Loving Spoonful Award. For many years a group from the church has
come on the second Wednesday of every month, faithfully cooking for
the residents, bringing conversation and support to the men and
women living at Dismas.
The Honorary Chair for the event will be David Wolk, president
of Castleton State College. David offers great auction items every
year for our event and the partnership between Dismas and the
students and professors of Dismas continues to be strong.
Rutland Dismas House offers transitional housing to men and women
coming out of prison. Its mission is to "Reconcile prisoners with
society and society with prisoners."
For tickets or information call at 802-775-5539. No tickets will
be sold at the door.