This is the last week to purchase tickets to the 18th Annual ADL In Concert Against Hate, taking place on Monday, October 15 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ticket sales end at 5 PM on Friday.
The Anti-Defamation League‘s most visible and meaningful event is ADL In Concert Against Hate, held annually at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Now in its 18th year, the ADL Concert, which is performed by the National Symphony Orchestra and attended by up to 2,400 civic, community, corporate and philanthropic leaders from across the region and the nation, is unlike any other event in the DC area.
The ADL Concert honors “ordinary” men and women who have performed singular acts of courage and compassion in the face of intolerance, extremism and terrorism. Their stories, narrated by renowned actors and performers, are interwoven with musical selections to create a powerful and unforgettable evening of inspiration and hope – one that affirms our nation’s core values of understanding, pluralism and compassion.
Ticket holders will also be invited to join the ADL’s Young Professionals Division for drinks and complimentary hor d’oeuvres at a pre-concert happy hour (from 5-7 PM) at the A Bar, at 2500 Pennsylvania Ave NW. [Editor's Note: This is a fantastic opportunity to meet and mingle with some of DC's leading Jewish young professionals.]
Jeff Daniels and Madeleine Stowe will host and narrate the 2012 ADL In Concert Against Hate.
Jeff Daniels currently stars as Will McAvoy in the HBO series The Newsroom. He is considered one of Hollywood’s most reliable and versatile actors, with roles in films such as Terms of Endearment, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Dumb & Dumber, Pleasantville, The Hours, and Good Night, and Good Luck.
Madeleine Stowe currently stars as Victoria Grayson in the television drama, Revenge, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in its first season. She has starred in a variety of films including The Last of the Mohicans, The General’s Daughter, China Moon, Playing by Heart, and We Were Soldiers.
2012 ADL in Concert Against Hate Honorees:
Irene Fogel Weiss. Irene Fogel Weiss was thirteen years-old when she and her family were deported to Auschwitz by the Nazis. Over a three-month period, more than 400,000 Hungarian Jews would be murdered at Auschwitz. Irene survived both the extermination camp and winter death march across Poland and into Germany. After liberation, she began to piece together what happened to her family, but it was not for almost four decades that she would discover the photographs taken by the Nazis at Auschwitz, which documented the destruction of the Jews of Hungary and the fate of her family. Irene Fogel Weiss will accept the Award.
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. The sit-in at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Jackson, Mississippi in May, 1961, was the most violent in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. The photograph of Joan Trumpauer and her fellow demonstrators being attacked by a mob as they sat peacefully at the lunch counter has become one of the defining images of the struggle to achieve racial equality. For Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, that photograph was the most visible example of the courage she displayed and the dangers she faced in the struggle to end segregation. Joan Trumpauer Mulholland will accept the Award.
Police Officer Moira Ann Smith. On September 11, 2001, Police Officer Moira Ann Smith saw the first plane hit the World Trade Center and immediately rushed downtown. Shortly afterwards, Officer Smith was photographed rescuing a badly-injured man from the burning South Tower—one of several hundred people she is credited with saving—and then she disappeared. Six months later, her badge was found in the wreckage of the collapsed tower. Her damaged badge and the photographs of her daughter, Patricia, holding the hand of her father, Officer James Smith, at her mother’s memorial services are among the most poignant reminders of the sacrifices made on September 11 by first responders. Police Officer Moira Ann Smith’s husband, James Smith, and their daughter, Patricia Mary, will accept the Award.
Amardeep Kaleka. On August 5, 2012, a white supremacist attacked the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six people, including the temple’s founder, Satwant Singh Kaleka. As the tragedy unfolded, and in the days and weeks that followed, Satwant Singh Kaleka’s son, Amardeep, emerged as the voice of the Sikh community of Oak Creek. His courage and eloquence in the wake of the shooting and his powerful call for understanding and respect resonated throughout the nation. Amardeep Kaleka, will accept the Award, accompanied by his wife, mother, and father’s sister.