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  Local Students Raise Funds for Hygiene Kits for Impoverished Children
  Taste of the World Gala, with Don Polec
  Pearl's Tea & Garden Party
  Pamela Varkony Named Woman of Influence
  Noted Authors, New Classes, Conference at Pearl S. Buck Writing Center March - October
  $40,000 Contributed by Volunteer Association
  Tour China with Pearl S. Buck International
  Jewish Flight into China Opens at Pearl S. Buck International
  Holiday Community Open House - Dec 8, 2016
  Craft Show 2016
  New Board Directors Appointed to Serve Pearl S. Buck International
  38th Annual Festival of Trees
  General Colin Powell Visits Pearl S. Buck International
  Worldwide Business & Cultural Luncheon
  Chinese Filmmakers Visit Pearl S. Buck House
  CB Philanthropy Club Pays It Forward
  Taste of the World 2016 - A Sweet Success
  Online Bidding Starts May 10th
  Local Artists Celebrate Woman of Influence Jane Golden
  Meet the Director, Producer behind Pearl S. Buck Film Biography
  Pearl Buck's Daughter Janice Walsh Passes Away
  Fashionably Pearl Fashion Show
  Jane Golden, 2016 Woman of Influence
  Comic Books of Conscience
  Exploring the Legacy of Pearl Buck
  Dynamic New Officers & Members Join the Pearl S. Buck International Board of Directors
  Dave Breidinger: Opening Doors for Others
  Celebrating the Season
  Make a gift. Feed a child. Change a life.
  O Tannenbaum!
  Pearl S. Buck International Thanks Veterans with Complimentary House Tours
  Holiday Tradition With A New Twist at Pearl S. Buck International
  Fall 2015 High School Leadership Class is the Largest Group Yet!
  Legacy of Pearl S. Buck Lives On Thanks to Caring and Generous Donors
  Pearl S. Buck International Joins Smithsonian magazine's 11th Annual Museum Day Live!
  Fall High School Leadership Program Teaches Skills, Builds Confidence
  Game! Set! World!
  Time Running Out to Enjoy 'Pearl' at Lincoln Center
  East Meets West: Ending Stereotypes through Museum ConnectSM Project
  "Pearl", Celebrating the life of Pearl S. Buck at the Lincoln Center, NYC, August 30th
  Seal of Excellence from the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations
  11th Annual Taste of the World

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Teen Philanthropy Club Supports High School Leadership Program

Pearl S. Buck International is proud to announce receipt of a $2,500 grant from the Central Bucks West High School Philanthropy Today Club “to promote peace, celebrate cultural diversity and educate youth on race and gender relations in our community.”

The grant, funded by the Norman Raab Foundation Philanthropy Today program, will enhance the Pearl S. Buck High School Leadership program, open to students in grades 9-11 interested in making a difference in their community. 

The High School Leadership Program continues Pearl Buck’s legacy of building bridges between cultures, said Janet Mintzer, President and CEO of Pearl S. Buck International.

“We are so honored by this grant,” Mintzer said. “These young philanthropists really did their homework. We appreciate their support for our programs providing local students with opportunities to appreciate other cultures and transform lives through service.”

Comic Books Unmasked Exhibit Visitors with Comic Book Signs


Taste of the World 2016 – A Sweet Success

Pearl S. Buck International hosted its 12th annual Taste of the World gala, featuring 28 area food and beverage purveyors that generously donated their fare to a hungry crowd of more than 200 attendees.

Top Taste winners for entrée and dessert include Plumsteadville Inn and Amy’s Creative Cake. Fan Favorites were Mei Ting and Owowcow.

The evening raised more than $74,000 to build better lives for children around the globe and provide local opportunities to explore and appreciate other cultures.

Taste of the World 2016 Guests and Vendors


Philadelphia Mural Arts Founder Named 2016 Woman of Influence

The 2016 Woman of Influence award celebration honored Jane Golden, founder and executive director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. For more than 30 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create more than 3,800 works of public art that transforms public spaces and individual lives.

The Woman of Influence celebration, inspired by Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and humanitarian Pearl S. Buck, recognizes women who make outstanding contributions to improving the quality of life and expanding opportunities for children and women around the world.

The celebration, first held in 1979, has honored notable women including Beverly Sills, Lois Burpee, Toni Morrison, Corazon Aquino, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sheryl WuDunn, Laura Bush and, in 2015, Pamela Rainey Lawler, founder of Philabundance.

Woman of Influence 2016 Honoree Jane Golden and Guests


New Exhibit Shares Pearl Buck's Unconventional Activism

Comic Books Unmasked: A Look at Race provides a historic look at the portrayal of different races in comic books, from past to present. Pearl Buck’s character Johnny Everyman was the first superhero to address race relations, thereby shaping the future of the comic book industry.

Buck was on the editorial board of DC Comics and also wrote for Real Facts Comics, published between 1946 and 1949 to promote education through comic books. DC Comics, in cooperation with The East and West Association, published in spring, the Johnny Everyman story in 1945. The East and West Foundation was founded by Pearl Buck and her husband Richard Walsh during World War II to help Americans and Allied forces understand Chinese and Indian cultures. Through this organization, Buck led the charge against colonialism and racism in Asia and in the United States during World War II. 

In addition to the Johnny Everyman comic books from the Pearl S. Buck International archives, the exhibit features many non-traditional superheroes, of all nationalities and genders, are displayed in the exhibit.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Comic Books Unmasked Exhibit Gallery


Pearl S. Buck and Race: A Cross Cultural Conversation

On Sunday, May 3, 2015 Pearl S. Buck International convened a distinguished panel to lead a cross-cultural conversation about race in America at the African American Museum of Philadelphia.

Pearl S. Buck and Race: A Cross Cultural Conversation engaged the audience as Pearl Buck’s writings on equality and inclusion presented her perspective and guided the conversation. Sponsored by the Lomax Family Foundation, the diverse panel included Dr. Peter Conn, Vartan Gregorian Chair in English at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has a secondary appointment in the Graduate School of Education; Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University; Margaret Chin, Vice Chair of Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation and Asian American Women’s Coalition;  and Julie Greenberg, Rabbi and social justice activist. Sonia Sanchez, poet, playwright, activist, educator and Lorene Cary, author, educator and social activist read the Pearl S. Buck selections; Laura Lomax moderated.

The event began a conversation that Pearl S. Buck International will be continuing through future Cross Cultural Conversations events at other locations. For information on sponsorship opportunities for these events, please contact Laura Lomax at 215-249-0100 x128.

Pearl S. Buck and Race: A Cross Cultural Conversation


2015 Woman of the Year

Pearl S. Buck International recognized Philabundance Founder Pamela Rainey Lawler as the 2015 Woman of the Year, on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at a special presentation and dinner sponsored by Milestone Bank in the Garden Pavilion.

The Pearl S. Buck International Woman of the Year award honors women who, like Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winning author and humanitarian Pearl S. Buck, have distinguished themselves in their career, devotion to family and pursuit of humanitarian goals. Pamela Rainey Lawler truly walks in Pearl Buck’s footsteps and has influenced the lives of countless women, children and families since she founded Philabundance in 1984. The organization has grown to become the region’s largest hunger relief agency serving more than 65,000 individuals every week.

Pamela joins a distinguished group of 31 honorees including Audrey Hepburn, Laura Bush and Toni Morrison who have been a positive influence to others who have witnessed their selfless acts, dedication and commitment. 

Woman of the Year Honoree Pamela Rainey Lawler and Guests


11th Annual Taste of the World
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