The award, named after former University of Dayton President Brother Raymond L. Fitz, honors citizens who exemplify Fitz’s dedication to nurturing and protecting children and families through daily efforts in the community, according to the county.
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Among his many community activities, Rice is co-chair of the Montgomery County Re-entry Council, which focuses on helping returning citizens re-integrate into the community with dignity.
“After almost 50 years of sentencing and re-sentencing the same people, and often different generations of the same family, I firmly believe that helping people successfully reenter the community after a criminal justice sentence is the only viable way to combat recidivism,” Rice said.
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President Donald Trump signed a bi-partisan bill on Dec. 13 designating the building at 200 West Second St. in Dayton as the Walter H. Rice Federal Building and United States Courthouse.
The award event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Top of the Market, 32 Webster St. in Dayton.