Holocaust Memorial Museum Sets ‘What You Do Matters’ Dinner; To Honor Rosanna Arquette, Todd Morgan With National Leadership Award
Posted: Friday, February 12, 2016 – 5:09 PM
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s “2016 Los Angeles Dinner: What You Do Matters” on Wednesday, March 2 at the Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd. will honor actress Rosanna Arquette and Todd Morgan, senior managing director at Bel Air Investment Advisors, with its National Leadership Award for their contributions to preserving the history of the Holocaust and introducing millions of youth from the U.S. and around the world to the ongoing relevance of the Holocaust and survivors’ legacies.
The evening begins with a 6 p.m. reception, with dinner at 7 p.m. Honorary dinner committee members include Steven Spielberg and Barbra Streisand and James Brolin. Dinner chairs are Linda and Tony Rubin, Jack Suzar and Linda May, and Bel-Air Investment Advisors.
The event will support the museum’s comprehensive campaign led by honorary chair Elie Wiesel, that will allow the museum to make critical investments to keep Holocaust memory alive in the 21st century. More than 1,000 guests are expected to attend.
“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the museum for supporting Holocaust history and education. This is work I’m passionate about and, together with Rosanna, we strive to remind family, friends and colleagues of the urgency in preserving this history,” Morgan said. “The museum’s work in Los Angeles and nationally is critical in combatting rising antisemitism, ongoing genocide and intolerable hate around the world.”
“We are privileged to be able to honor Rosanna Arquette and Todd Morgan for their work on preserving Holocaust history to reach today’s generation of students in a meaningful and significant way,” said Steven Klappholz, director of the museum’s Western Regional Office. “Their support for survivors throughout the U.S. embodies the spirit of the museum’s mantra ‘What You Do Matters.’ They help set the example for so many others to follow.”
• Featured speaker for the evening is journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, author and national correspondent for The Atlantic, a columnist for Bloomberg View, and a leading commentator on foreign policy, national security and the Middle East. His April 2015 cover story for The Atlantic about rising antisemitism in Europe explored whether it can still be “a place for Jews who want to live uncamouflaged Jewish lives.”
• The evening will include a “Pledge To The Future” segment that recognizes the museum’s effort to ensure that “memory of the past leads to action in the present”—all in the hope of a better future as hate and Holocaust denial are rising in the U.S. and around the world. Daniela Ruah will introduce the segment with a local survivor’s artifact donation story; and Lili Haydn will provide an original violin performance.
Survivor David Wiener, his kids, and granddaughter Melanie will guide museum supporters in a candlelighting inter-generational pledge.
In the 23 years since it opened, the museum has educated and inspired more than 38 million visitors, including more than 10 million children and nearly 100 heads of state. A permanent reminder on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. of what can occur when the world fails to take action, the museum inspires visitors to confront hate and indifference, end genocide and promote human dignity.
The museum’s work is having a significant impact in Southern California and around the world. Hundreds of L.A.- area schoolteachers—and thousands more from all 50 states—are trained each year in how to make the Holocaust relevant and meaningful to young people. The museum’s leadership programs are inspiring California judges, police and military officers to heed the lessons of the Holocaust and understand their roles as safeguards of democracy. The museum brings together policymakers, diplomats and heads of state to focus on ending the continuing scourge of genocide.
The museum is also presenting “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda” traveling exhibition from March 10-Aug. 31 at the Los Angeles Central Library, 630 West Fifth St.
The exhibition promotes new understanding about the nature and consequences of propaganda and illustrates the Nazis’ use of the latest, most sophisticated technologies and techniques to disseminate propaganda. It chronicles their use of propaganda to win votes in a democracy, to consolidate power in a dictatorship, and to create a climate of indifference as they persecuted and systematically murdered Jews and others viewed as enemies of the state.
The dinner is open to the public, but advance registration is required. Tickets are $500 per person. Registrations are due by Friday, Feb. 26 to ushmm.org/events/los-angeles-dinner. For more information, contact the Museum’s Western Regional Office, 310-556-3222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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