2014 LOS ANGELES DINNER SHOWCASES COMMUNITY'S COMMITMENT
At the 2014 Los Angeles Dinner on March 6, more than 600 supporters gathered together at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to honor Sir Ben Kingsley as he received the Museum's prestigious National Leadership Award. Kingsley was lauded for his remarkable career, which has demonstrated his commitment to the Museum's belief that powerful storytelling can illuminate the past and inspire the present by transforming how people understand their choices and responsibilities in a complex world. In a touching video tribute, Joe Mantegna, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Elie Wiesel all congratulated Kingsley on his accomplishments.
After being presented with the National Leadership Award by actress Kate Beckinsale, Kingsley spoke poignantly about his long-standing relationship with the Museum and how imperative it is "to tell stories, not statistics." He also thanked the Holocaust survivors for allowing him to share their stories with the world through his many films, including Schindler's List. Watch the full video of his acceptance speech.
Actors Morgan Freeman and Rosanna Arquette shared with the community the stories of Holocaust victims David Graber and Wilma Grunwald through dramatic readings of their letters from the Museum's collections. As Freeman read, a special candle-lighting ceremony honored six Los Angeles survivor families, represented by Leslie, Lou, Eli, and Sawyer Gonda; Vera Guerin; Maria Herskovic; Sara Lumer; Mark Rubin; and Marilyn Ziering. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performed a moving piece written by Hans Krasa in the Theresienstadt concentration camp before his death at Auschwitz.
This evening shattered fundraising records for the Museum on the West Coast, raising more than $700,000 thanks to the extraordinary leadership of honorary chairs Sherry Lansing and the late Tom Sherak; dinner chairs Janet and Lenny Rosenblatt and Rosanna Arquette and Todd Morgan; and an outstanding team of committee members. It also marked the official launch in the Museum’s Western Region of its comprehensive campaign, Never Again: What You Do Matters. Museum Director Sara Bloomfield specially recognized the exceptional generosity of Los Angeles locals David and Fela Shapell, and their family, in leading the effort to build a world-class collections and conservation center to secure the Museum's most precious asset—the evidence of the Holocaust.
As the Museum begins its third decade, 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 Los Angeles community for its dedicated support of the Museum from the beginning and its commitment to fulfilling the promise of Never Again.
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Western Regional Office Staff
Michael Sarid, Director
Carol Stulberg, Director, Leadership Gifts
Lisa Zaid, Major Gifts Officer
Sara Eigenberg, JD, Assistant Director of Planned Giving and Endowments
Kimberly Rohde, Development Coordinator
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