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Mr. Hip Speaking/Presenting at Compassion Arts Festival

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Mendon 13 Maple Street Mendon, MA, 01756 United States (map)

Mendon, MA: On Saturday, October 29, Cheri Vandersluis, co-founder and director of Mendon-based Maple Farm Sanctuary, will receive the 2016 Courage of Conscience Award from the Peace Abbey Foundation at the Compassion Arts Festival Vegan Potluck. The award is given in recognition of work by individuals and organizations for humanitarian and peace activism, as well as unsung heroes of social change. Past recipients include Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali, Pete Seeger, Jane O’Hara, Richie Havens, and Will Tuttle, among others.

The potluck is the main event of the Compassion Arts Festival and will benefit Maple Farm Sanctuary. It will also feature live music from The Promise is Hope and speaker presentations by Vandersluis, Peace Abbey Founder Lewis Randa, artist Jane O’Hara, WCUW’s Marlene Narrow of Vegan Nation, poet and educator Donald Vincent of Mr. Hip Presents, radio host Alfee Westgroves of Vegan Parenting Tips, and representatives from Compassion Arts and Citizens for Farm Animal Protection. Furthers details are below: 

WHAT: Compassion Arts Festival Vegan Potluck & Presentations to Benefit Maple Farm Sanctuary

WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Mendon and Uxbridge, 13 Maple Street, Mendon, MA 01756

WHEN: October 29, 2016, 11:00am-4pm



Vandersluis and her husband founded Maple Farm Sanctuary in 1988 when they decided to turn their dairy farm into a non-profit farm animal sanctuary. The transformation is the subject of the award winning documentary Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home.” Today, MFS is home to more than 100 rescued farm animals, including cows, pigs, goats, llamas, sheep, chickens, and geese.

For media inquiries or interviews please contact Jen Wyglinksi of MFS at 978-424-1767 or email Ellie Sarty at