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2022 Northeast Tribute Dinner

Honoring the Robert K. Kraft Family

In our radically changing world, where violent antisemitism is on the rise, the timeless and timely lessons of the Holocaust have never been more urgently needed. On November 1, 2022, the Museum presented its National Leadership Award to the Robert K. Kraft Family, dedicated supporters of our mission who have been involved since our earliest days. The program featured remarks by Museum Director Sara Bloomfield, Holocaust Survivor and Museum Volunteer Susan Warsinger, and 60 Minutes Correspondent and Author Scott Pelley. The event was recorded and is now available to watch, below.

Featured Guests


The Robert K. Kraft Family
The Robert K. Kraft Family

Robert Kraft, founder, chairman, and CEO of the Kraft Group, is an American entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist with a long-held commitment to the Museum and to fighting antisemitism. His portfolio of businesses and brands range across many verticals including paper and packaging, sports and entertainment, real estate, and venture investing. The portfolio consists of over 100 venture and private equity direct investments including Rand-Whitney Container, Rand-Whitney Containerboard, Rand-Whitney Recycling, International Forest Products, New-Indy Container Corporation, Gillette Stadium, New England Patriots, and New England Revolution.

Kraft launched his career in the paper and packaging industry with Rand-Whitney Group, Inc. of Worcester, Massachusetts, a company he later acquired. Under his leadership, the Kraft Group’s paper and packaging division has grown into the largest independent, privately-owned paper and packaging company in America consisting of corrugated packaging facilities, virgin and recycled paper mills, global paper distribution, and waste paper processing. International Forest Products, a global distributor and marketer founded by Kraft in 1972, is the fifth-largest exporter in North America.

Kraft purchased the New England Patriots in 1994 and set them on a quick trajectory to dominance, qualifying for the playoffs in four of his first five seasons of ownership, advancing to the Super Bowl an unprecedented ten times in his first 25 seasons and bringing six Super Bowl championships home to New England, the most in NFL history. In 1995, Kraft became one of three principal investors in Major League Soccer (MLS) when he founded the New England Revolution.

The Kraft Group also has an active portfolio of venture and private-equity investments focused primarily in the healthcare and technology verticals. The Kraft Group maintains its own construction and real estate development team, which is responsible for more than $1 billion in infrastructure.

Kraft and his family have consistently donated time, resources, and expertise to a wide range of charities, nonprofits, and humanitarian causes, resulting in lifetime giving in excess of $800 million. In 2019, Kraft became a founding partner in creating the REFORM Alliance, a foundation focused on American criminal justice reform. Kraft was also awarded the 2019 Genesis Prize, referred to as the “Jewish Nobel” by Time magazine. As the Genesis Prize Laureate, Kraft announced a $20 million commitment to establish the Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism in response to the growing rise in antisemitism in America and abroad, including the Together Beat Hate [tbh] educational initiative to highlight the issue of antisemitism on social media.


Featured Speakers

Scott Pelley
Scott Pelley 60 Minutes Correspondent and Author

After covering some of the most important stories of the last 30 years, from breaking national news to politics and wars, Scott Pelley is one of the most recognizable faces in American journalism. He has won three Peabody Awards, a Polk Award, and five Edward R. Murrow Awards, among others. His book, Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter's Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times, reminds us of the importance of societal values.

Susan Warsinger
Susan Warsinger Holocaust Survivor and Museum Volunteer

Susan Hilsenrath Warsinger was born in Bad Kreuznach, a city in western Germany. After Kristallnacht, when neighbors smashed the windows and furnishings of the Hilsenrath home, Susan and her brother were smuggled to a children’s home in Paris. They fled to the Vichy-controlled unoccupied zone of France and then immigrated to the United States, where the family reunited and settled in Washington, DC. Susan worked as a teacher for 27 years and is a volunteer at the Museum.

Sara J. Bloomfield
Sara J. Bloomfield Director, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Sara J. Bloomfield has led the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for 21 years, building a global institution that deepens understanding of the lessons of the Holocaust, confronts denial, and advances genocide prevention. She serves on the International Auschwitz Council and is a recipient of both the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and the Roger E. Joseph Prize, awarded for exceptional work in human rights and Jewish survival.


Event Leadership


Dinner Chairs: 
Arthur M. Blank
Katherine Farley and Jerry Speyer
Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine
Howard M. Lorber*
Cheryl and Philip Milstein
Betty Pantirer Schwartz and Howard Schwartz*


Regional Co-chairs: 
Andi and Tom Bernstein
Eva Cooper*
Laura Gurwin Flug
Cathy and Gary Jacob*
Marcia and Alan Lazowski*
Stacey and Marc Saiontz*
Susan and Jeffrey Stern
Caryn and Howard Unger*
Diane and Howard Wohl

*denotes past tribute dinner honoree



The Northeast regional office serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, metropolitan New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Find out more about past programs and how to contact us.