By Judy Tashbook-Safern
Special to the TJP
The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance will honor Nate Levine, an advocate for education and advancing human rights, at its annual Hope for Humanity Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas.
“Nate’s outstanding commitment to education and philanthropy make him incredibly deserving of this award,” said Mary Pat Higgins, president and CEO of the Dallas Holocaust Museum, who promises that an important announcement about the Museum will be shared the evening of Levine’s honor.
Levine, philanthropist, volunteer and businessperson, has a longstanding history with the Museum and currently serves on its board of directors. For nearly 45 years, he and his wife Ann have shared their time, talent and spirit with the city of Dallas.
A few highlights of their commitment to community causes include their deep involvement with the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas; an endowed chair for Jewish studies at Southern Methodist University; and providing major funding for the Ann and Nate Levine Academy, Congregation Shearith Israel and the creation of the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.
“Nate Levine has worked his entire life reducing hate through his support of education and his acts of loving kindness,” said Hope for Humanity Dinner Co-Chair Mark Kreditor. “Nate came from very modest beginnings and is truly a self made man who perfectly represents the Hope for Humanity.”
“The history of the Jewish people is an amazing story of survival and triumph,” Levine said. “Nothing other than the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem compares to the devastation we experienced 70 years ago during the Holocaust. Yet our existence as a flourishing community here in Dallas, as well as in communities worldwide and in the state of Israel, testifies to the endurance of faith and to the power of humanity to overcome tragedy.
“This museum tells that story to more than 100,000 visitors a year, a large percentage of whom are school children and tourists visiting from small towns across Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, many who have never met Jewish people.”
“It moves me that we can do this here in Dallas,” adds Levine. “This museum is a great storytelling facility in an iconic building and it is an active testament to the contributions of the Jewish people. I want the world to know how much the Jews have contributed to civilization and how our values of education and tolerance have furthered the cause of human rights worldwide.”
Levine said he and Ann are passionate about the Dallas Holocaust Museum because education is the tool through which hope for humanity will be achieved.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am truly honored to have my name, my finances, and my resources associated with the Dallas Holocaust Museum.”
Dinner Co-chair A. J. Rosmarin said: “While his parents were not Holocaust survivors, Nate’s family has its roots in Poland, a country devastated by the Nazis. Many of Nate’s friends have family members who perished during that terrible time in world history, so his work with the Dallas Holocaust Museum is a particularly poignant way to honor their collective memory. Attending this dinner in Nate’s honor is a small way to thank him for his family’s commitment, leadership and passion.”
The Hope for Humanity Dinner is the primary annual fundraising event of the Museum.
Proceeds from the dinner fund the Museum’s exhibits, student programs, educator conferences and other community services events.
Former recipients of the Hope for Humanity Award include: Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings; former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach; Frank Risch, former vice president and treasurer of Exxon Mobil Corp.; Stanley Rabin, former chairman of Commercial Metals Company; and Don Glendenning, co-chair of Locke Lord’s Corporate and Transactional Department.
Donors include Loren and Steven Levine, Jolie and Michael Newman, Abbe Sue and Daniel Witheiler, Barbara and Stan Rabin, Lisa and Neil Goldberg/Sherry and Kenny Goldberg Families, Ann and Nate Levine, Janet and Jeffrey Beck, Joe and Marshall Funk Families, IMA | Waldman, Rosalyn G. Rosenthal, Schultz and Romaner Families, Alice and Jim Skinner and Southern Glazer’s.
The evening begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Complimentary valet is available upon arrival.
For tickets, please call
469-399-5202 or email Events@DallasHolocaustMuseum.org.