2013 New York Tribute Dinner Is a Record-Breaking Success
At the 2013 New York Tribute Dinner on October 30, more than 450 supporters gathered together at the Plaza Hotel to honor Jill and Peter Kraus as they received the Museum’s National Leadership Award. The Krauses were lauded for their generosity and exceptional contribution to advancing the Museum’s mission and vision and, in particular, for supporting the Museum’s critical work to investigate, record, and analyze the experiences of the most helpless victims of the Holocaust—children.
This record-breaking event raised more than $2.5 million for the Museum. The leadership of co-chairs Katherine Farley and Jerry Speyer, Laurie and Sy Sternberg, and Carmen and John Thain, along with an incredible team of committee members, helped make the dinner a success. The evening also marked the official launch in the Northeast of the Museum’s comprehensive campaign, Never Again: What You Do Matters.
The Krauses spoke poignantly of how they continue to be inspired by the heroic efforts of Peter’s grandparents, Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, who undertook the monumental task of rescuing 50 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Vienna just before World War II began. Their remarkable efforts are the subject of 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus, a new HBO documentary produced in association with the Museum and directed by Steven Pressman. Three generations of the Kraus family, as well as a number of child survivors rescued by Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, attended the event.
The Honorable Philip D. Murphy, a former US ambassador to Germany and a special guest at the dinner, said, “Just as it is our responsibility to love them [children] and to invest in their future, we also have an obligation to ensure that they understand history and that they, in turn, carry that obligation to teach their children and their children’s children. If the lessons and relevance of the Holocaust die with the brave survivors, we have failed. The mantra of ‘never forget’ begins with us, carries on through our successors, and never ends.”
As the Museum begins its third decade, the importance of its mission to ensure the permanent relevance of the Holocaust and respond to the challenges confronting our world is more crucial than ever. But we can’t do it alone. The Museum is grateful to the New York community for its dedicated support and its commitment to fulfilling the promise of Never Again.
Northeast Regional Office Staff
Andi Barchas, Director
Ann Richman, Associate Director
Sindy Levitt, Major Gifts Officer
Hannah Lejfer, Development Coordinator
George E. Hellman, JD, Director of Planned Giving and Endowments
Naomi Katz, JD, Associate Director of Planned Giving and Endowments
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