Holocaust Museum Houston to Honor Long-Time Community Leaders as 2009 Guardians of the Human Spirit

HOUSTON, TX (Oct. 5, 2009) – Two Houstonians whose generosity has benefitted such diverse Houston nonprofits as cancer support agencies, educational institutions, cultural centers and chaplaincy services will be recognized for their efforts this fall as Holocaust Museum Houston presents its 2009 “Guardian of the Human Spirit” luncheon.

The event, which drew more than 900 attendees last year, will honor Houston philanthropists Barbara and Gerald D. Hines and is set for 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at the Westin Galleria Houston, 5060 W. Alabama.Barbara and Gerald HInes

The Museum 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 and to better humankind.

“Barbara and Gerry Hines have been driving forces behind many of the most successful nonprofit organizations in Houston. Because of their commitment and their quiet willingness to share their time, energies and resources, they have truly made our community a better place in which to live. From the very first days of our own Museum, they have supported our fight against hatred, prejudice and apathy,” Museum Chair Michael S. Goldberg, a senior partner with Baker Botts, L.L.P., said in announcing this year’s honorees.

“Whether you look at their support of organizations like the DePelchin Children’s Center, the Aishel House, the Moores School of Music or M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Hineses have touched lives across Houston,” Goldberg said.

The Hineses have a long history of philanthropy in Houston and around the world. Along with his real estate firm, Gerald Hines has supported numerous educational institutions, including the Gerald D. Hines School of Architecture at the University of Houston, the Yale School of Architecture, Purdue University’s Sustainable Buildings Technology Lab, Reading University in the UK and the Urban Land Institute’s ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition.

Barbara Hines has championed the fight against cancer by assisting agencies such as the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Hala Comprehensive Breast Clinic in Jerusalem. The Hineses have quietly but significantly supported many of Houston’s medical, civic, religious and cultural charities – including Holocaust Museum Houston.

Previous recipients of the award have included Marc J. Shapiro; Lester and Sue Smith; Sandra Weiner and Martin Fein; Naomi Warren and Fred Zeidman; Joan and Stanford Alexander; Ed Wulfe and the H-E-B grocery chain; Jack Blanton and The Houston Chronicle; the Rev. William A. Lawson and Julie and Ben Rogers; Linda P. Lay and Siegi Izakson; and Ron Stone.

Proceeds from the event help fund the Museum’s worldwide educational outreach efforts and allow Museum admission to remain free year-round.

Chairing this year’s luncheon are Brenda and John Duncan. Honorary chairs include the Honorable Bill White and Mrs. Andrea White; the Honorable Fred S. Zeidman and Mrs. Kay Zeidman; Joan and Stanford Alexander; Jeri and Marc Shapiro; Sue and Lester Smith; Naomi Warren; and Lorraine and Ed Wulfe.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with the luncheon beginning at noon. For ticket or table purchases, call 713-942-8000, ext. 129 or e-mail Spiritlunch@hmh.org.

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.

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