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SAFE Beacon Awards

SAFE has announced the details of the SAFE Beacon Awards for 2011 and 2012.

Congratulations to Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, authors of Chasing Aphrodite, for their 2011 Award "for educating the public about how museum practices affect the preservation of cultural heritage."

I am honoured to be the recipient of the 2012 SAFE Beacon Award "in recognition of [my] contribution to raising public awareness about looting and the need to protect cultural heritage worldwide". Details of the 2012 award ceremony will be announced shortly but it is likely to be in New York City in January.

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Oh David! This is fantastic! Congratulations! Also to Jason and Ralph! This is so well deserved. Where can we get tickets to attend the event?
Thanks, and congrats to you for the deserved honors, David.
David Gill said…
SAFE will be announcing the details of my award event shortly. The ceremony for Jason and Ralph is already listed on the SAFE website.
David, I have been a fan of SAFE since its early days; congratulations, your persistence is being recognized, lovely, mazal tov from Jerusalem
kyri said…
you will have to buy a bigger display cabinet to put all these awards david.some might not like the fact that a passionate collector like me can dare to congratulate you although i dont agree with you on everything,i do find that you argue your position concisely and honestly and you state the facts as you find them.
Thank you all indeed! The honor is entirely ours. Please check SAFE's web site to join us in celebration.

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