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Human Option’s Men’s Task Force receives Ambassador of Peace Award

The Irvine-based association was honored for its stand against violence.

BY Lauren GiudicePublished: June 14, 2011

Gary Van Arnam (left) and Steve Churm
Human Options’ Men’s Task Force on June 3 was presented with the 2011 Ambassador of Peace Award on behalf of the Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County at the organization’s 15th annual gathering.

Men’s Task Force Chairman Steve Churm, publisher of OC METRO and OC Family magazines, and Gary Van Arnam accepted the award for the group, which was formed in 2002. 

Human Options’ Men’s Task Force encourages men to fight domestic violence in the community through education and fundraising. Every year, the group assembles more than 100 men who contribute funds and include their names in full-page ads that appear annually in OC METRO and OC Family.

Van Arnam was president of Human Options’ board of directors when he decided that it was time for men to come together and take a stand against domestic violence. This led to the creation of the organization.

This was the first time a group, rather than an individual, has been honored with the Ambassador of Peace Award.

The group encouraged Human Options to create a program called Jason’s Story, led by Robert Diaz. He speaks to more than 13,500 teenagers each year and tells the story of Jason, a star athlete who abused his girlfriend – and the grave consequences he faced because of it.

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