Joan and Stanford Alexander Hosted
HOUSTON, TX – Joan and Stanford Alexander were honored on November 16th at Holocaust Museum Houston’s Guardian of the Human Spirit Award luncheon held at the DoubleTree Hotel – Post Oak. The program, chaired by Frieda and Melvin Dow, raised over $300,000 for the mususeum, a record for the annual event.

Among the nearly 900 guests were former U.S. Ambassador Arthur Shecter; Mayor Pro-Tem Carol Alvarado; City Council Members M. J. Khan, Pat Holm and Gordon Quan; County Judge Frank Rynd; Consul General of Israel Yael Ravia-Zadok; Honorary Consul of Guyana Terry Reis; HMH Chairperson Eileen Weisman and Dr. Leonard Weisman of Texas Children’s Hospital, Drew Alexander, Barbara Hurwitz, Jeff Love, Jeri Shapiro, Nancy Dinerstein, Lorraine and Ed Wulfe, Ginger and Jack Blanton, and Kay and Fred Zeidman.

Holocaust Museum Houston presented the Alexanders with the award in recognition of their dedicated service, commitment and advocacy on behalf of the Houston community and their ardent support of the mission of Holocaust Museum Houston.

Said Holocaust Museum Houston Chairperson Eileen Weisman, “Over many years, the Alexanders have time and again dedicated their efforts and support to innumerable philanthropic causes. We are so pleased to be able to say thank you.”

Stanford Alexander accepted the award on behalf of his father, Irving, who personally gave affidavits of support to bring individuals to Texas as the Nazis began their hold across Europe.

A benefactor of Irving Alexander’s efforts, Ernest Hauser, attended and spoke at the event to bear witness to the caring and generousity of the Alexander family. Said Hauser of the Alexanders, “They needed and wanted nothing from us, sought no reward. Theirs was the highest form of charity. We can only wonder what other miracles (they) performed that no one will ever know.”

Holocaust Museum Houston established The Guardian of the Human Spirit Award in 1997 as a platform for acknowledging dedicated Houstonians who have worked to enhance the lives of others. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a true commitment to service and have reached beyond themselves to build an open-minded society for the enrichment of the local population. Proceeds of the event are used to support the mission of the museum to teach the ongoing lessons of the Holocaust and expand public awareness of the dangers of hate, prejudice and apathy.

Holocaust Museum Houston is an education center and living memorial dedicated to teaching the dangers of hate, prejudice and apathy against the backdrop of the Holocaust by fostering remembrance, tolerance and education. The museum’s Morgan Family Center is open to the public and located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77004. Its Internet address is http://www.hmh.org.
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