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AT APRIL 16, 2009 GALA

60th anniversary gala to honor feature films, books for adults and young people, and TV/cable programming that affirms the highest values of the human spirit

NEW YORK, November 18, 2008The Christophers announced today that the 60th annual Christopher Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday evening, April 16, 2009, at the McGraw-Hill Building in New York City. The Christopher Awards salute media that remind audiences and readers, young and old, of all faiths and of no particular faith, of their worth, individuality and power to make a difference and positively influence our world.

“Sixty years of honoring the talented artists responsible for some1,336 Award-winningfeature films, books, broadcast TV and cable programs is truly a milestone worth celebrating,” said Judith Trojan, director of the Christopher Awards. “Our 60th anniversary gala is poised to unite past and present Christopher Award-winning writers, producers, directors and illustrators whose work consistently affirms the highest values of the human spirit.”

Special Christopher Awards have also singled out such individual literary and media icons as David McCullough, Dave Brubeck, Eli Wiesel, Mary Higgins Clark, Carroll O’Connor, Dr. Robert Coles, master puppeteer Caroll “Big Bird” Spinney, dance educator Jacques d’Amboise, and Children’s Television Workshop creator Joan Ganz Cooney, as well as such landmark programming as “Masterpiece Theatre,” “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” “American Masters,” “Face the Nation,” and “The More You Know” public service spots.

“I keep my 2008 Christopher Life Achievement Award on a shelf in our library, right at eye level, because I’m immensely proud of it, but also in the hope that those who don’t know what it is will ask,” said esteemed author/historian David McCullough. “That then gives me the chance to talk about the bedrock values The Christophers stand for and why having my work so honored means worlds to me.”

The Christophers, a nonprofit organization founded in 1945 by Maryknoll priest Father James Keller, is rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition of service to God and humanity. The ancient Chinese proverb—“It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness”— guides its publishing, radio and awards programs.

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