The Anti-Defamation League held its annual A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner on December 5, 2013, in the Empire Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Chaired by Judy Barrasso, Brent Barriere, Joy and Andrew Braun and Ina and Richard Davis, the evening celebrated the accomplishments of Kim M. Boyle, Ana and Juan Gershanik, Cathy S. Glaser and Anti-Defamation League board members Asher Friend and Marsha Zander.

The dinner celebrated not only the great works of the aforementioned individuals, but also the league’s second century of existence and the greater message it has hoped to convey throughout the years: striving to realize a world without hate and discrimination.

More than 330 guests enjoyed a cocktail hour preceding the dinner, both catered by host hotel the Hyatt Regency New Orleans and entertainment by the NOCCA Jazz Ensemble. Awards presented included the A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award to Ms. Boyle and Mr. and Mrs. Gershanik. The Torch of Liberty is presented to people in the community who care enough to translate caring into action and strive to build a future in which every citizen will share the fruits of democracy. It was first awarded in 1967 to Bernard Mintz. Speakers included Joshua Force, Rabbi Alexis Berk and Michael Botnick.


What:   “A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner,” benefiting the Anti-Defamation League
When: December 5, 2013
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel