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Holocaust Center's annual Dinner of Tribute a great success


Holocaust Center founder Tess Wise is flanked by Jeffrey Miller and Ted Maines.

On May 10, the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida celebrated its annual Dinner of Tribute honoring Jeffrey Miller and Ted Maines. The event was a tremendous success with more than 625 people in attendance and raising more than $400,000 to benefit the Holocaust Center's educational and cultural programs.

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The honorees family having HaMotzi (l-r): Dr. Gary Grossman, Jonah Grossman, Alex Grossman, Karin Grossman, honoree Jeffrey Miller, honoree Ted Maines, Althea Miller,  Mark Miller, Adam Miller, Linda Miller, and Juan Fajardo.

The Tess Wise White Rose Award is given annually to community leaders who exemplify the ideals, courage and compassion of Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans who, along with fellow college students, formed the White Rose Movement to stand up and speak out against Hitler and the Nazi regime. Miller and Maines personify those same qualities and are the very definition of an UpStander. Together and individually they generously invest their time, talents and resources to improve the quality of life for all who live in Central Florida.

The presentation explored the power of one. Video, song and dance illustrated how each individual has the power to transform themselves and the community into one of UpStanders. The evening sent an inspiring message of hope and humanity, and the need to move forward to create "a world without hate," the night's theme.

Leading this year's event were Dinner of Tribute co-chairs Mitchell Barnett and Jill S. Schwartz, and a dynamic planning committee. Generous sponsors of this year's event included Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Penguin Entertainment, Harvey Productions, WKMG/Six Advertising, and more than 120 corporate and individual investors.


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