2009 Event

2009 – Forty-nine men and women from around the world were celebrated at the third “Unsung Heroes of Compassion” on April 26, 2009 in San Francisco, California. Like the 100 unsung heroes honored before them, each represented countless others around the globe who make our world better each day through acts of compassion and generosity of heart.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, noting that each of the honorees says he/she experiences the greatest happiness when giving to others, says, “Ultimately, humanity is one and this small planet is our only home. If we are to protect this home of ours, each of us needs to experience a vivid sense of universal altruism. It is only this feeling that can remove the self-centered motives that cause people to deceive and misuse one another. I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend. This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness. It is the practice of compassion.”

Guest presenters:
Isabel Allende
Peter Coyote
Grace Dammann
Jack Kornfield

Musical Guests:
Justin Hopkins
Maddy Hung
Nawang Khechog
David Ruane

Audio/Visual Support:
George Rosenfeld, Director
Eli Adler, Camera Operator
Franck Battelli, Camera Operator
Steven Balick, Sound Engineer
Eric Limcaoco, Sound Engineer
Angela Winquist, Production Assistant
Magnetic Image, Inc., Equipment

Decorations:
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Event Management:
Arlene DeVries-Eige
Christine Wright
Elizabeth Share

Grace Family Vineyards:
Dick and Ann Grace
Marna Farver

Invitation and Book Design:
Birgit Wick, Wick Design Studio

Photography:
Michael Collope
Robert Bengtson
Michael Yamashita

Printing and Mailing:
Janet Herrero
Kim Mclaughlin
Siemons Mailing Service
WIGT Printing

Production Consultants:
Kath Delaney, Madera Group
Bob Bruce, Madera Group
Neelu Jain, Madera Group

Travel:
Usha Lama, Third Eye Travel

Wisdom in Action Board of Directors:
Dick Grace
Tenzin Tethong
Dean Alper