Photos from 2023 Torch Awards Ceremony

Every year, the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg gathers to celebrate those who embody the core principles of tolerance, appreciation for diverse cultures, languages, and peoples, and a commitment to promoting global understanding. Our Torch Awards Ceremony is a tribute to individuals and organizations that champion these ideals, showcasing their remarkable contributions to our community and the world.

Take a look at the photos from our 2023 Torch Awards Ceremony that took place on May 15 at Harrisburg University.

Congratulations to all of our 2023 Torch Award Honorees

Church World Services: for its work to resettle Afghan, Ukrainian, and other refugees in Central Pennsylvania.

Bishops of Episcopal Church of Pennsylvania: For their work to combat gun violence.

Beth El Temple: for its effort to counter racial and religious extremism through its Freedom Seder.

International Service Center: for its decades-long service in helping refugees from many countries establish new lives in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Shirley Warshaw: For Life-long Dedication to Education & American Democracy.

Delilah, Robert & Shekinah Jamison; Kamau Johnson & Boston Riberia: For courage in fighting racism.

Vini Portzline: for promoting rights of people with disabilities.

Fatma Karaca: For Humanitarian outreach.

Filiz Karakoc: For Humanitarian Outreach.

Vera Bej: for Life-long Dedication to education and enlightenment.

Graphic showing the 2023 Torch Award Honorees