Better Makers: Record Breaking $3 Million Raised at 2016 Illinois Holocaust Museum Humanitarian Awards

On Thursday, March 17th the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center hosted its annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Over 1,700 guests attended including civic and community leaders, holocaust survivors, and religious figures who were able to raise $3 million dollars for the museum. Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was the evening’s keynote speaker and also led a lively discussion with entrepreneur, philanthropist and investor J.B. Pritzker. CME Group Executive Director & President Terrence A. Duffy won the Humanitarian award for his life-long commitment to improving and bettering the community while Harvey L. Miller won the Survivor Legacy Award. Additionally, the museum’s CEO announced a campaign of $30 Million, of which $20 Million has already been raised, to support their Commit to the Future Campaign. The campaign will secure the future of the museum’s programming and finances making it possible to continue their mission of honoring the victims of the Holocaust, keeping their stories alive, and educating people on the universal lessons in humanity.

 

CME Group Executive Chairman & President and Humanitarian Award Winner Terrence A. Duffy, Former U.S.Secretary of Defense and Keynote Speaker Leon Panetta, and Survivor Legacy Award Winner Harvey L. Miller
CME Group Executive Chairman & President and Humanitarian Award Winner Terrence A. Duffy of Chicago, Former U.S.Secretary of Defense and Keynote Speaker Leon Panetta of Monterey Bay, California, and Survivor Legacy Award Winner Harvey L. Miller of Riverwoods
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago
Holocaust Survivor and Museum Vice President, Aaron Elster; and his son, Steve Elster
Holocaust Survivor and Museum Vice President, Aaron Elster; and his son, Steve Elster both of Lincolnshire
Museum Women’s Leadership Committee Members: Rebekah Shalit; Erin Estell; Julie Lakonishok;and Museum Assistant Director of Development, Jessica Lindholm
Museum Women’s Leadership Committee Members: Rebekah Shalit of Chicago; Erin Estell of Chicago; Julie Lakonishok of Chicago; and Museum Assistant Director of Development, Jessica Lindholm of Park Ridge
Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich
Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago
Museum CEO, Susan Abrams of Highland Park and Leon Panetta
Museum CEO, Susan Abrams of Highland Park and Leon Panetta
Grammy Award-winning violinist, UN Goodwill Ambassador, and granddaughter of a  Holocaust Survivor Miri Ben-Ari
Grammy Award-winning violinist, UN Goodwill Ambassador, and granddaughter of a Holocaust Survivor Miri Ben-Ari of New York
Leon Panetta and J.B. Pritzker
Leon Panetta and J.B. Pritzker of Chicago
1,700 people at the 2016 Humanitarian Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 17 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago
1,700 people at the 2016 Humanitarian Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 17 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago

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