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Nov 8 2014 – BUFFALO, NY – Peace Without Incarceration WNY Peace Center Dinner


The WNY Peace Center cordially invites you to our 47th annual fundraising dinner, happening at the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

Our honored keynote speaker is Dr. Anthony J. Nocella II, Ph.D., who will give a presentation entitled “Peace Without Incarceration: Save The Kids.” The topic will address how the school and criminal industrial complexes construct and depend upon the School-To-Prison pipeline, which entraps generations of youth into cycles of violence, poverty, and permanent legal disenfranchisement in American society.

Dr. Nocella is co-founder and co-director of Save The Kids, a national grass-roots organization that is creating alternatives to youth incarceration. He transformed the Alternative To Violence program into HIP (“Help Increase the Peace”) by adding exercises relating to racism, power differentials, and other social phenomena.

He is an innovator in the fields of education and justice, peace and conflict studies, and co-founder of Eco-Ability, Disability Pedagogy, and Critical Animal Studies programs.

The dinner will also be an opportunity to meet the Peace Center’s new Executive Director, Rev. Justo González II, MDiv, MSSA, MAPM. Justo’s wealth of experience in social work, pastoral ministry, nonprofits’ administration and organizing is sure to benefit both the Peace Center, and the community.

The above inspiration and vision, entertainment by Saxman Slim and young poets, the community networking, and the chance to support the Peace Center make this an occasion not to be missed! Hope to see you there!!

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with a Social Hour, Tabling from various Erie County activist organizations, Vendors, and a Silent Auction.

Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Nocella’s speech will begin at 7:30 p.m.


Individual Dinner Tickets (Regular): $60
Individual Dinner Tickets (Low-Income): $35
Dinner Table Reservations For Eight: $450.

Specify for each individual dinee if you prefer a Chicken or Vegetarian Dinner. For those with special dietary needs (Vegan, Kosher, Halal, other), please order early!

If you are unable to attend, but wish to sponsor individuals who may not normally be able to go, you may donate ticket costs for them, too! 🙂


Individual Tables for Vendors and Organizations: $30

Purchase Ads in our Program Dinner Book:

Full Page (8”x 10”): $300
Half Page (8” x 5”): $175
Quarter Page (3.75” x 5”): $100
Back Cover (8” x 10”): $475
Inside Cover (8” x 10”): $450
Business Card: $60

Ad Art Specifications: electronic files in JPG or TIFF format, minimum 300 dpi. You may send them as attachments to

You may also mail them as a disk, or send camera-ready art (no staples) to WNY Peace Center, 1272 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209.


Donations of Raffle Baskets and items for the Silent Auction will also be accepted.


1. Call (716) 332-3904 to place an order (leave a voice mail message if no response)

2. Email us at to receive PDFs of reservation forms that you may print and mail to us with the correct payment method included (Cash or Check).

If paying by Check, write “2014 Annual Dinner” in the memo line and make payable to:

WNY Peace Center
1272 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209

3. Make online reservations directly through PayPal by going to our current operating website: