|We far exceeded our financial goal with donations still coming in.|
April 13, 2021 [St. Petersburg, FL] — On the evening of April 12, 2021, The Florida Holocaust Museum hosted our annual gala, To Life 2021. Over 385 screens viewed the virtual program from over 18 states! We are excited to report that thanks to the support of our community, we far exceeded the financial goal for last night’s event – with donations still coming in.
The one-hour program was an opportunity for us to connect and share in The FHM’s mission of honoring the past to create a better tomorrow for all. Through our Survivors’ testimonies, they bestow upon us a powerful legacy of human values, morality, truth and honor. Their eyewitness testimonies teach us to be resilient even through the darkest of times. It reminds us that learning our history and being aware of our past are vital to ensuring that “never again” means something – not just for today, but for our future. We go forward with the reminder that lessons unlearned are lessons repeated.
A special thank you to our incredible To Life Co-Chairs, Ruth Ross and Michelle Rook and their amazing committee for all of their lasting contributions: Toni Rinde, Sponsorship/Ticket Co-Chair, Melissa Meshil, Sponsorship/Ticket Co-Chair, Anita Treiser Bernstein, Marketing Chair, Robin K. Warren, Production Chair, Rachael Worthington, Stewardship Chair, David Alvarez, Finance Chair, Sharon Boyes, Calah Duryea, Rachel Freeman, Elizabeth Gelman, Nancy Greenberg, Helen Levine, Debra Kobernick, David Pearlman, Alyssa Rhodes, Arthur Sanchez, Lisl Schick, and Andrea Silverman. Thank You to our Visionary Sponsor: Sandy Mermelstein and Kent “Scooter” Bontly. Champion Sponsors: Crofton Cares/Amy and Michael Southard, The Sembler and Kamins Family, and Rachael and Donald Worthington. Humanitarian Sponsors: Bert Boksen, Duke Energy, Amy and Bruce Epstein and Family, Judy Genshaft and Steven Greenbaum, Meg and Gary Moskovitz, Heritage Property & Casualty Insurance, Rays Baseball Foundation and Rowdies Soccer Fund, Raymond James Financial, Inc. , The Schick, Greenberg and Madow Families,and Stephanie and Bernardo Stein. Upstander Sponsors: The Abelson Group at Morgan Stanley/The Sobel Group at Morgan Stanley, Bomstein Family/Creative Contractors, Cohen Family, Corcoran Partners, Alix Franzblau and Ron Sherman and Beth and Carlo Franzblau, Audrey Gerson and Rhonda Gerson-Hurwitz, J.C. Newman Cigar Co., Blossom Leibowitz, Shari and Todd Mezrah, David Pearlman/Jaffe Tilchin, Richard M. Rappaport, Ruth K. Ross and Weather Tite Windows. For a full list of our supporters, click here.
You can watch our pre-show below. The entire To Life program will be available for public view at a later time.
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About The Florida Holocaust MuseumOne of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. For additional information, please visit www.TheFHM.org