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Tribute Dinner Reaffirms Goals of Holocaust Memorial

More than 475 guests gathered for the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center’s 19th Annual Tribute Dinner to reaffirm their support of the Center’s mission to teach the history of the Holocaust and its lessons through education and community outreach.

The evening featured people who have made this mission a major part of their personal and professional lives.

Lena Elias Russo was honored in recognition of the Russo and Elias families, and memorializing the contributions of Beni C. Elias and Maurice Russo to teach the history of the Holocaust.

Sheri and Bernard Vishnick were honored for their dedication to the Center’s emphasis on teaching children how to be Upstanders in the face of bullying and prejudice.

S. Issac Mekel, Bruce Morrell Education Award recipient and American Society for Yad Vashem Director of Development, delivered a passionate message about the importance of education and dialogue to reach the goal of tolerance.

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy was recognized for distinguished service and commitment to fighting cyberbullying.

The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center is now approaching its 20th anniversary and during that time hundreds of thousands have participated in the Center’s education programs; including students, teachers, police officers, and many others.