September 23, 2009
LIEV SCHREIBER AND CLAY FROHMAN OF DEFIANCE TO SPEAK AT THE UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM’S 14TH ANNUAL RISA K. LAMBERT CHICAGO LUNCHEON
Director Ed Zwick to Join Film’s Star and Screenwriter by Video at Largest Fundraising Event for the Nation’s Memorial to the Holocaust
CHICAGO — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 2009 Risa K. Lambert Chicago Luncheon will feature the star of Defiance, Liev Schreiber, and the film’s screenwriter and co-producer, Clay Frohman. Director Ed Zwick will also take part via video. The program will reveal the behind-the-scenes story of the making of this epic film that brought the inspiring story of the Bielski brothers to national attention and redefined Jewish resistance during the Holocaust in the popular imagination. Defiance is based on a book by the same name by former Museum Council member Dr. Nechama Tec.
The Risa K. Lambert Chicago Luncheon is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s largest fundraising event, attracting 3,000 Chicagoans each year. The event, being held on Monday, November 2, at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel and Towers, provides crucial support to the work of nation’s memorial to the Holocaust as it brings Holocaust education to millions worldwide through exhibitions, leadership training, multi-language online resources, and educational programming.
Linda and Richard Price are serving as Luncheon Co-Chairs, and Loren and Howard Friend are the Corporate Co-Chairs.
“Since its inception, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has received unyielding support from the Chicago community,” said event Co-Chair Richard Price. “As Holocaust denial and antisemitism continue to increase globally, the Museum’s work in confronting hate is vitally important and necessary, now more than ever.”
The program will also honor Judy and Bob Appelbaum and Marilyn Malkin and Larry Wolf for demonstrating extraordinary leadership in the Chicago community and throughout the country.
“We are thrilled that the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is able to bring Liev Schreiber and Clay Frohman to the Chicago community which has been so supportive of the Museum’s work,” says Jill Weinberg, Director of the Museum’s Midwest Regional Office. “The Museum’s ability to reach a global audience depends upon the generosity of donors in Chicago.”
The luncheon will be held at noon on Monday, November 2, at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel and Towers. To purchase tickets or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact the Museum’s Midwest Regional Office Reservation Hotline at 847-604-1924 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Media inquiries should be directed to Andy Hollinger at 202-488-6133 or email@example.com.
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was created to inspire leaders and citizens to confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity and strengthen democracy. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanence, and donors nationwide make possible its educational activities and global outreach. For more information, visit www.ushmm.org.