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BRIEF: Free tickets available for Opus Prize Award ceremony & reception

opus_prizeGonzaga University invites the regional community to join in honoring three of the world’s most deserving unsung humanitarians this fall with the presentation of the $1 million 2014 Opus Prize.

In partnership with the Opus Prize Foundation, Gonzaga will host the Opus Prize Awards Ceremony & Community Reception, set for 7 p.m., Oct. 16 at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. The three finalists will be introduced in short videos that outline their work and impact. One will be announced as winner of the Opus Prize. The two finalists will each receive $100,000, according to a press release.

The three finalists, announced last month, are: Sister Teresa Fitzgerald of Hour Children in Queens, New York; Gollapalli Israel of the Janodayam Social Education Center in Chennai, India; and Rev. Joseph Maier of the Mercy Centre Human Development Foundation in Bangkok.

Complimentary tickets are ow available online at TicketWest.com and in person at the box offices at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox and the McCarthey Athletic Center on the GU campus.

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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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