WASHINGTON, DC – Pasadena Sister Cities Committee (PSCC) has won Sister Cities International’s (SCI) 2016 Innovation Award for Humanitarian Assistance for a city with a population between 100,001 and 500,000. The 2016 Sister Cities International Innovation Award for Humanitarian Assistance recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding community and individual sister city programs that promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation.

In 2015, PSCC raised funds to have heaters installed at School #3 in their sister city Vanadzor, Armenia. Being that the Armenian winters are very harsh, the unheated school created challenging learning conditions. PSCC worked alongside the Mayor of Vanadzor to provide financial and organizational assistance. SCI’s Annual Awards are awarded in several categories including Best Overall, Innovation (Arts and Culture, Economic Development, Humanitarian Assistance, and Youth and Education), and Volunteer of the Year. Award winners will be honored at the Lou Wozar Diplomatic Awards Dinner on Saturday, July 16 during SCI’s 60th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, DC.

SCI’s 60th anniversary celebration will include an Annual Conference and Youth Leadership Summit in Washington, DC July 13-16, 2016. The celebration will bring together hundreds of the most influential global leaders in diplomacy, foreign affairs, policy, business, and innovation. Elected and municipal officials, business leaders, youth delegates, and citizen diplomats will discuss this year’s theme “Peace through People,” building on President Eisenhower’s initial vision of creating a more peaceful world by building global relationships.