2014 National Tribute Dinner Honors Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire
At the 2014 National Tribute Dinner chaired by Shelley and Allan Holt, nearly a thousand supporters gathered together to honor General Roméo Dallaire as he received the Museum's highest honor, the Elie Wiesel Award.
In presenting the award on behalf of the Museum, Ambassador Samantha Power commended Dallaire for his courage to act despite the silence and inaction of the international community: “You have turned that deadly silence into a personal—and now global—crusade to help summon meaningful action to protect peoples endangered by crimes of unfathomable and unconscionable proportions. In 1994, you were doing your job, at a time when no one else was willing to do theirs. Your story is a call to action, your commitment is an inspiration, and your courage is unmatched.” Watch the full video of her tribute and speech.
General Dallaire, who was escorted on stage by Holocaust survivor Nesse Godin and Rwandan survivor Yvette Rugasaguhunga, reflected on his time in Rwanda saying that the countries of the world “refused to even listen or give the UN assets to be able to stop the slaughter, only decades after the Holocaust,” proving that indifference is just as dangerous as hate itself and that “not helping is a decision.” Learn more about Dallaire and the Elie Wiesel Award and watch the full video of his acceptance speech.
We are grateful to the Washington community for its support, and especially thankful to for the extraordinary leadership of Shelley and Allan Holt and Washington Host Committee for their outstanding dedication to make this year's dinner a resounding success, raising more than $1.5 million in support for the Museum’s work.
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Kelly Meisenheimer, Major Gifts Officer
Naomi Katz, JD, Associate Director of Planned Giving and Endowments
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