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Betsy Sawyer

In 2016, the Selectmen of the towns of Groton and Dunstable proclaimed September 21 as Betsy Sawyer Day, in recognition of her steadfast dedication to peace education. This date was specifically chosen to coincide with the United Nation’s International Day of Peace.

In honor of her work and to promote her legacy of peace, the Pages for Peace Foundation and the Sawyer Family cordially invite the community and supporters to attend the second annual Betsy Sawyer Day — International Day of Peace Celebration & Banquet on Thursday, Sept. 28.

The evening will include cocktails, dinner, raffles, musical entertainment by local artists Emilie Faucher and Jodie Rachman, and a silent auction. Guests can enjoy a celebratory banquet at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley at 6 p.m., where peace activist and educator, Lewis Randa, founder of the Experience School in Millis and the Peace Abbey Foundation, an internationally recognized multi-faith organization, will be the keynote speaker.

Betsy Sawyer and the Pages for Peace Foundation were awarded the Peace Abbey’s “Courage of Conscience Award” in 2003, a tribute that will be recognized during the evening along with Betsy’s life and work.

Big Book: Pages for Peace, the 12′ tall by 20′ wide, thought-provoking collection of letters, poetry, artwork, photographs, and songs, contributed by more than 3,500 people from all over the world sharing their thoughts on the subject of peace will be viewable digitally by guests on electronic kiosks. During its 11years of design and construction, the book making project was led by the highly energetic and inspiring Bookmakers and Dreamers Peace Club advisor and fifth grade teacher Betsy Sawyer. This 500 double-sided page book, weighing more than one ton, holds contributions by ‘authors’ including Nobel Laureates President Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela, and Dr. Helen Caldicott, politicians such as Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, veterans including General Peter Pace, musicians such as Pete Seeger, and teachers, soldiers, school children in the U.S. and abroad, parents, grandparents, and citizens alike. Big Book: Pages for Peace has been exhibited at the JFK Library, the United Nations, the Providence Civic Center, and locally in Groton. Pages for Peace Foundation is committed to continuing Betsy Sawyer’s vision for sharing this book globally.

To purchase tickets, visit or call 978-425-4311. Tickets are $40 for dinner and program or $50 for dinner, program and a $10 donation to the Pages for Peace Scholarship Fund awarded to graduating Bookmakers and Dreamers Club Members.

For further information regarding the Big Book: Pages for Peace Project, visit the website at and become a fan on Facebook @ Big Book: Pages for Peace Foundation or follow on Twitter.

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