Event Date: November 20, 2023
Location: Hilton Americas-Houston
Beneficiary: Holocaust Museum Houston
No. in attendance: 750
Money raised: $721,000
Chairpersons: Mandy and Ronnie Caress, Denise and Steve Estrin and Jessica Strehlow and Brian Caress
Honorees: Rhona and Bruce Caress
Keynote Speaker: Thomas Schlamme
Photography: Wilson Parish and Jacob Power
Renowned Supporters Honored at Holocaust Museum Houston’s Guardian of the Human Spirit Luncheon
Hilton Americas-Houston proudly hosted 750 guests at the annual Guardian of the Human Spirit Award benefiting Holocaust Museum Houston. This event acknowledges individuals and institutions dedicated to enhancing the lives of others and to better humankind. The organization’s efforts, along with those of Chairpersons Mandy and Ronnie Caress, Denise and Steve Estrin and Jessica Strehlow and Brian Caress, paid off beautifully by raising over $710,000.
Rhona and Bruce Caress, named for the Museum’s second floor, were honored at this prestigious gathering. For over 27 years, they have lent their valuable support. Native Houstonian and nine-time Emmy Award-winning Director and Executive Producer Thomas Schlamme flew in to give the keynote address. A few of the past recipients of this illustrious accolade have included Y. Ping Sun and David W. Leebron, Punkin and Walter Hecht, Ric Campo, Velva G. and H. Fred Levine, Edith and Josef Mincberg, the Harry Mach family, Honorable Annise Parker, Barbara and Gerald Hines, Lester and Sue Smith, Sandra Weiner and Martin Fein, Naomi Warren and Fred Zeidman, Joan and Stanford Alexander, Ed Wulfe H-E-B, Jack Blanton, Rev. William A. Lawson, Julie and Ben Rogers, and Ron Stone.
Hilton Americas-Houston’s Kosher menu was one of the evening’s stars as diners were served an entrée salad of Grilled Chicken on Romaine Lettuce accompanied by Tarragon Potato Salad and a Maple Butternut Squash Dressing. The dessert course didn’t disappoint as duos of Strawberry Shortcake Parfait with Strawberry Sauce and Pecan Pie with Chocolate Sauce were enjoyed.
In the Social Scene (not previously mentioned): Kristin Albers Lamm, Barbara J. and Buddy Herz, Jewel and Brian Gaister, Tuyet and Michael Kaplan, Sunni and Gary Markowitz, Judy and Mark Mucasey, Chinhui and Eddie Allen, Heidi and David Gerger, Glen Rosenbaum, Joy and Benjamin Warren, Elyse and Lewis Kalmans, Nanci Li-Tarim and Soner Tarim, Robin and Donald Wayne, Regina Rogers, Ginger Blanton, Barry Mandel and Scott Sawyer, Nancy and Jack Dinerstein, Livia Link-Raviv and David Mincberg and Lainie Gordon. Some of the Holocaust Survivors seen throughout the luncheon ballroom included Michelle Flornoy, Louise Joskowitz, Edith Jucker, Hans Mayer, Edith Mincberg, Morris Narunsky, Bill Orlin, Dr. Anna Steinberger and Ruth Steinfeld