Holocaust Museum Houston to Honor President George W. Bush at 2018 Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award Dinner
February 27, 2018... George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, has been named to receive the internationally recognized Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award in May. Lester and Sue Smith, who donated the largest gift in Holocaust Museum Houston history in June 2017 to the museum’s capital campaign, will chair the 2018 Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award Dinner on Thursday, May 24 at the Hilton Americas–Houston with Lester Smith’s children, Shelly and Brian Hendry and Limor and Stuart Smith. Honorary chairs include The Bush Family, Senator Joe Lieberman and Margaret Alkek Williams. Mady and Ken Kades will serve as host committee chairs. In lieu of a keynote speech, The Honorable Fred Zeidman will interview President Bush.

The annual event – one of the city’s largest and most widely recognized philanthropic dinners – supports the worldwide educational programs of the museum. More than 1,000 people attended last year’s dinner, which raised $1.25 million for the museum.

Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) presents the Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award to individuals who have taken a stand against injustice, hatred and prejudice, and used their skills and influence to make a better world for all people. During his tenure, President Bush provided leadership and moral courage to keep Americans safe after the horrific September 11 attacks. Additionally, he used this same resolve to launch humanitarian initiatives to provide more than $3.3 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Today, President Bush’s attention is on the Bush Institute, the nonpartisan, public policy arm of the Bush Center, which engages communities in the United States and around the world by developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s pressing challenges. President Bush’s focus on our military servicemen and woman, veterans, and their families was most notably recognized in his recent book New York Times bestseller, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, which honors the courage and sacrifice of America’s veterans.  

Holocaust Museum Houston created the Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award in 1994 in cooperation with the Johnson family. In 1938, as a young congressman, Johnson stretched the limits of his authority and risked his personal dreams to provide American sanctuary for threatened European Jews. It is because of these acts of moral courage that the Museum proudly named the award in his honor. The award recognizes either a single righteous act or a lifetime of morally courageous behavior.

Previous recipients have included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel; activist and actress Mia Farrow; U.S. Sen. John McCain; the late Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered by terrorists in Pakistan; former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell; former U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, Jr.; former U.S. Sen. Robert Dole; filmmaker Steven Spielberg; former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Yad Vashem and its Chairman Avner Shalev, among others.

Tables of 10 are available beginning at $6,000. Individual tickets begin at $750 each. For questions or to purchase a table, call 713-527-1622 or email LBJDinner@hmh.org. PaperCity is media sponsor for the event; and The Astros Foundation will serve as sponsor of the VIP reception with President Bush.

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ABOUT HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON                                                                                 Holocaust Museum Houston, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1996 by Houston-area Holocaust Survivors, their descendants and members of the community, is accredited by The American Alliance of Museums. Average annual attendance is 110,000 visitors, including more than 43,750 middle and high school students. The Museum 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, we teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. 

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