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Valley of the Flowers Peace Prize

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Victoria McReynolds

Every year Valley of the Flowers recognizes people in Lompoc who have had a positive impact upon our community, embodying values that inspire peace and mutual understanding. (These are always people from outside our own congregation.) The celebration of these “saints” gets wide coverage in our city and is always a meaningful event for everyone inside and outside our church who attends.

FAQs About the Peace Prize

Who are the artists and how large is it?
Victoria McReynolds, Lompoc High Class of 1997 and her associate, ceramicist Brian Widmaier, designed the prize which is shown at left. It is 24″ x 8″ x 4″ and made of black oak, copper and ceramic.

Who will be eligible to receive it?
The person will have contributed to the peace, harmony and understanding of the Lompoc community. They will be nominated by an individual, organization, or the Peace Prize Committee.

What information must the nominating person or group provide?
They must complete an application form and return it to Valley of the Flowers UCC. You can call (805) 733-3333 or Email ucclompoc@gmail.com to have a Peace Prize application mailed to you.

Who can nominate?
Any individual or organization in the Lompoc Valley. You cannot self-nominate.

Can the recipient keep the prize?
For one year. The honoree’s name will be engraved on the award and the prize will be re-awarded the following year.

Who will decide?
A committee of Valley of the Flowers United Church of Christ, along with Lompoc community representatives from several sectors of the Lompoc community.

Nominations will close in December. The Peace Prize will be awarded early in the following year at a presentation ceremony (date yet to be determined).

Who thought this up?
A “brainstorming” of the church surfaced it in 2009. It was considered by the church council later in the fall and approved in February 2010. Artist’s drawing was presented to the congregation on February 21. The Peace Prize was dedicated at morning worship on August 8th, 2010.