The Manes-American Peace Prize was founded by New York Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Harvey Manes to support people and organizations active in the areas of public safety, health, education, and welfare, including fighting poverty and helping under-served people rise to their fullest potential.
“I have always believed and taught my children that the purpose of life was to help those in need and to make the world a better place for future generations,” explained Dr. Manes. “I once read a news article about a friend of mine who developed a charity to help educate children in third world countries. The article inspired me to create my own charity.”
Dr. Manes cites Microsoft founder Bill Gates who had difficulty deciding where to donate his money, stating: “It may be harder to give my money away than make it.” After careful consideration, Dr. Manes decided there is no better goal than to promote peace and good will. “Beyond a certain point, money has no further value. It can’t buy happiness, but it can help others and transform lives,” the Peace Prize founder said.
Since there is an Irish-American Peace Prize and an African-American Peace Prize, Dr. Manes thought, why not establish a peace prize that is specifically given to an American individual or organization that is dedicated to promoting peace and goodwill in the world?
Apparently, the concept of an American peace prize was previously considered in 1923 by Ed Box, the editor and originator of the Ladies Home Journal. However, there is no record of any individual ever winning Box’s prize. “Therefore,” Dr. Manes said, “I thought it would be appropriate to reestablish the concept of a peace prize given exclusively to an American.”
The Nobel Peace Prize makes awards to persons of any country in the world. But it lost some of its credibility when it gave its award to known terrorist and enemy of Israel, Yassar Arafat. More recently, the prize has been described as “hopelessly politicized” by a former U.N. ambassador. It was indeed time to establish an American prize.
Dr. Manes set aside $1 million for starting the fund and has recognized many notable award winners, including:
- Central Park Conservancy
- Clark Botanic Garden
- Crime Stoppers of Suffolk County, N.Y.
- Curtis Sliwa-TheGuardian Angels
- Hope for the Future Ministries
- Jewish Museum of New York
- Shaman David Cloud
- Woodstock Film Festival
- Woodstock Museum
- NY Against Gun Violence
- Feeding America
Recent nominees include:
- President Bill Clinton-for his continuous efforts past and present to promote world peace
- Mia Farrow-for her efforts to promote peace in Darfor
- Angelia Jolie-her humanitarian efforts along with Brad Pitt and her documentary film “Peace One Day”
- Yoko Ono-for her lifetime efforts to promote world peace along with the late John Lennon who wrote “Give Peace a Chance”
- Bob Dylan- he led a generation of peace-nicks with his song “Blowing in the Wind”
A committee of three individuals choose the Peace Prize winners, who can apply directly or be nominated by a third party. Winners are also chosen by the committee without a formal application. To apply for a Peace Prize, click here.
Peace Prize Accepting Award Applications
The Manes-American Peace Prize, a $1 million fund set up by noted Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Harvey Manes of New York, is accepting applications for awards up to $50,000 to people and organizations that promote peace in the United States. Read more…
Peace Prize Gala
Our First Annual Peace Prize Gala was a huge success with many celebrities, Curtis Sliwa founder of the Guardian Angels, Suffolk Crime Stoppers, and the Real Housewives of New Jersey stopping by. Click here for more photos.