The 2014 A. I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner raised about $250,000 to support the South-Central Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League and its programming focused on civil rights and education.

The 2014 Honorees were Tom and Gayle Benson and Dr. Gerald and Joan Berenson. Dinner Chairs were Dennis Lauscha and Joyce Pulitzer for the Bensons, and Dr. Keith Ferdinand and Margot Garon for the Berensons. Vivian Cahn designed and provided the flowers and centerpieces, and Republic provided beverages to supplement catering by the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

ADL Regional Director Dr. Allison Padilla-Goodman and ADL Regional Board Chair Nancy B. Trimm shared words at the event. Galatia Jones, an International High School Student and ADL National Youth Leadership Mission Delegate, performed her spoken word piece, “Four Walls,” that she wrote while attending the National Youth Leadership Mission to Washington D.C.  Two videos were shown during the dinner: “Imagine a World Without Hate” and “ADL Student Leaders Creating Change.”

The mission of the Anti-Defamation League is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. 


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What: “A. I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner,” benefiting the Anti-Defamation League
When: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans