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PaperCity Charity Sponsorship Page Reception 6 p.m., Dinner 7 p.m. Hilton Americas Houston, 1600 Lamar St. Presenting Underwriter $100,000 Champion $50,000 Upstander $25,000 Hero $15,000 Protector $6,000 Table of 12 Table of 12 Table of 10 Table of 10 PHOTOGRAPH BY TIMOTHY GREENFIELD-SANDERS TABLES A Catholic priest whose organization has helped identify more than 800 hidden mass killing sites with more than 2,000 mass graves from the Holocaust will receive the internationally recognized Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award for his devotion to confronting antisemitism and furthering CatholicJewish understanding around the world. PHOTOGRAPH BY MIGUEL MALDONADO Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Table of 10 Individual Tickets $600, $1,200 and $2,500 Father Patrick Desbois will receive the award, given by Holocaust Museum Houston, during the Museum's annual dinner set for Tuesday, April 30, 2013. About Father Patrick Desbois Father Patrick Desbois, president of Yahad-In Unum, has led a truly historic undertaking of identifying and locating undiscovered mass graves of Jews and Roma killed during the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. EVENT CHAIRS Michael and Barbara Gamson HONORARY CHAIRS The Honorable Annise Parker Ambassador Arthur Schechter His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo HOST COMMITTEE Joan and Stanford Alexander Dina Alsowayel and Anthony Chase Nancy and Jack Dinerstein Sheri Feldman Evelyn and Irwin Goot Renee and Alan Helfman Elaine Helfman Ellen and Leo Linbeck III Lucinda and Javier Loya Mindy and Ira Mitzner Patti and Michael Morgan Paula and Jeff Paine Cynthia and Anthony Petrello Noylan and Eric Pulaski Leslie and Russ Robinson Regina Rogers Sue and Lester Smith Tracy and Gary Stein Ellen and Steve Susman Betty and Michael Tapick Becca Cason Thrash and John F. Thrash Marcy and Thomas Wessel Ann and Mathew Wolf Sandi and Steven Wolf EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Susan Myers MEDIA SPONSOR PaperCity MUSEUM CHAIR Tali H. Blumrosen In less than three years, from June 1941, when Germany invaded the former Soviet Union, until spring 1944, Nazi mobile killing units, or Einsatzgruppen, massacred well over 1.5 million Jews in Eastern Europe. The Jewish populations of whole villages were slaughtered in hours; entire regional populations were annihilated in an afternoon. Unlike the concentration camps, there were few survivors to tell the world what had happened. Knowing that Roma communities suffered the same fate as the Jews, Father Desbois has made it his mission to undertake similar work on behalf of the Roma community as well. About Madeleine Albright Madeleine K. Albright, who was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, was raised Catholic but converted to Episcopalianism at the time of her marriage in 1959. She did not learn until late in life that her parents were Jewish and that many of her Jewish relatives in Czechoslovakia had perished in the Holocaust, including three of her grandparents. She now serves as chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. In 1997, Albright was named the first female U.S. secretary of state and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. About the Award In 1994, Holocaust Museum Houston established the Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award in memory of the 36th president of the United States. "Moral courage" refers to that single act, or lifetime of behavior, that depends on a certain resolve. A man of enormous achievement throughout his life, Johnson chose at an early stage in his career to help his fellow man regardless of the personal and professional consequences. In 1938, as a congressman, Johnson worked tirelessly to provide American sanctuary, and virtually Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright will end the evening with the night's keynote address. The annual event – one of the city's largest and most widely recognized philanthropic dinners – supports the worldwide educational programs of the Museum. Proceeds also enable the Museum to offer free admission to the public. More than 1,300 people attended last year's dinner. Chairing this year's event are Museum Board member Michael Gamson and his wife Barbara. "As Father Desbois has said himself, 'the assassins never imagined that 60 years later, men and women motivated by a quest for the truth would interview eyewitnesses to the killings of Jews and Roma. To all those who commit genocide we say: sooner or later, wherever the mass murder of humans has taken place, someone will return,'" said Museum Chair Tali H. Blumrosen. "Father Desbois has made it his life's mission, as is our own, to ensure that the horrors of the Holocaust and other genocides are not forgotten." Registration and VIP reception begin at 6 p.m., with the dinner program at 7 p.m. For ticket or table purchases, call 713-942-8000, ext. 121 or e-mail He and and his teams have visited small villages across Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Belarus, Romania and Moldova to interview residents there who witnessed the killings. Many of those he has interviewed have never before spoken of the massacres. One site at a time, Desbois is unmasking what was a continent of extermination. To further refute the claims of Holocaust deniers, artifacts have been collected and most significantly, video testimonies have been recorded from eyewitnesses. These invaluable testimonies, which serve as important evidence of this genocide, are archived in Yahad-In Unum's Paris headquarters, are shared with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's permanent collection and are being made available on the Internet. Desbois is a grandson of a French deportee to the Rawa Ruska labor camp in the Ukraine and is motivated by a compulsion to locate the killing sites before all the witnesses have died to "bring proof of these assassinations to the world" and to assure that history does not die with the witnesses. From 1993 to 1997, Albright served as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President's Cabinet. From 1989 to 1992, she served as president of the Center for National Policy. Previously, she was a member of President Jimmy Carter's National Security Council and White House staff and served as chief legislative assistant to former U.S. Sen. Edmund S. Muskie. In 2007, she served as co-chair of the Genocide Prevention Task Force jointly convened by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the American Academy of Diplomacy and the United States Institute of Peace. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, from President Barack Obama on May 29, 2012. a new life, to forty-three, and perhaps several hundred more, threatened European Jews. Johnson did so by stretching the limits of his authority to the utmost and risking the personal dreams his actions might shatter. President Johnson continued his extraordinary efforts throughout his career on behalf of minorities, the aged and the young. He also supported landmark legislation devoted to civil rights, education, health care and programs to provide equal opportunity for millions of disadvantaged Americans. Recipients of this award are individuals who, like Johnson, exhibit moral courage, individual responsibility and the willingness to take action against injustice. Morgan Family Center Previous Admission Always 713-942-8000 Free Recipients 5401 Caroline St. • Houston, TX 77004 • Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. STOP HATE. START I NG HERE. • Sat. & Sun. Noon – 5 p.m. Morgan Family Center 5401 Caroline St. • Houston, TX 77004 713-942-8000 • Free Admission Always Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. • Sat. & Sun. Noon – 5 p.m. General Colin L. Powell President Dwight D. Eisenhower Sen. Bob Dole Tom Brokaw (Legacy Award) Bob Hope (Patriot Award) Daniel Pearl Sir Bob Geldof Sen. John McCain Norman Lear Mia Farrow John Prendergast Elie Wiesel

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