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Guardian of the Human Spirit Luncheon

2019 Guardian of the Human Spirit Luncheon

November 25, 2019
Registration - 11:00 am
Luncheon - Noon

Hilton Americas-Houston

The 2019 Guardian of the Human Spirit Luncheon will honor the Astros Foundation, the official team charity of the Houston Astros. The Astros Foundation seeks to harness the passion of baseball fans to support youth baseball and softball programs, the recognition/honor of our nation's military, childhood cancer awareness and efforts to reduce homelessness. 

During the luncheon, H-E-B President Scott McClelland will moderate a conversation with Houston Astros Executive Advisor of Business Relations Reid Ryan and National Baseball Hall-of-Famer Jeff Bagwell. One of the youngest team presidents in the game, Ryan has always emphasized the importance of the fan experience. Prior to joining the Astros, Ryan was the founder and CEO of both the Corpus Christi Hooks and the Round Rock Express minor league franchises, both of which are perennially lauded as two of the top franchises in minor league attendance, stadium satisfaction and franchise value. Astros fan favorite Bagwell helped Houston advance to the playoffs six times from 1997-2005. Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017, the first baseman is one of only 11 players in MLB history with at least 440 home runs and 200 stolen bases.

Luncheon Chairs
Barbara and Michael Gamson
Patti and Mike Morgan
Marcie and Bob Zlotnik

Host Committee Chairs
Renee and Alan Helfman

Host Committee

Sue Sue & Don Aron
Kathy & Drew Berkman
Tali & Eric Blumrosen
Laurie & Milton Boniuk
Polly & Murry Bowden
Kaki & Larry Buck
Rhona & Bruce Caress
Clare Casademont & Mike Metz
Michele & Glenn Clements
Phyllis Cohen & Lewis Linn
Nancy & Jack Dinerstein
Laura & Scott Ducoff
Denise & Steve Estrin
Kelli Cohen Fein & Martin Fein
Nancy & Richie Freed
Martha & Don Freedman
Elizabeth & Will Galtney
Andrew T. Gardener
Anita & Stuart Gaylor
Heidi & David Gerger
Kate & Steve Gibson
Paula Goldstein
Cheryl & Stephen Golub
Florie & Guillermo Guefen
Punkin & Walter Hecht
Sandi & Tom Hedrick
Shelly & Brian Hendry
Mindy & Jeff Hildebrand
Wendy & Jeff Hines
Lisa & Michael Holthouse
Ursula & Angel Jimenez
Mady & Ken Kades
Katie Keenan & Scott Fortney
Carol & Neil Kelley
Carolyn & Matt Khourie
Gail & Milton Klein

   Velva G. & H. Fred Levine
   Erica & Benjy Levit
   Melanie & Stan Levy
   Barbara & Barry Lewis
   Beth & Craig Lieberman
   Nicole & Glenn Lowenstein
   Rabbi David & Lisa Lyon
   Mickey & Mike Marvins
   Diane Merrill
   Edith Mincberg
   Ira Mitzner & Steven Mitzner
   Katherine & Paul Murphy
   Laura & Roy Nichol
   Vicki Rabin & Andy Bursten
   Eileen Reed & Leon Fastow
   Leslie & Russ Robinson
   Regina Rogers
   Glen Rosenbaum
   Joyce & Ambassador Arthur Schechter
   Melissa & Doug Schnitzer
   Amy & Peter Shaper
   Jeri & Marc Shapiro
   Limor & Stuart Smith
   Sue Smith
   Helen & Andrew Spector
   Joel Spira
   Jill & Charlie Talisman
   Nancy Li-Tarim & Dr. Soner Tarim
   John & Becca Cason Thrash
   Ellen & Dan Trachtenberg
   Robin & Donald Wayne
   Martine & Ricardo Weitz
   Jeannie & Gary Wermuth
   Marcy Taub & Tom Wessel
   Inna Wizig

   As of 8/20/2019


Since 1997, Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) has recognized dedicated individuals and organizations who have worked to enhance the lives of others with the Guardian of the Human Spirit Award. These individuals and organizations embody the mission of the Museum by demonstrating a true commitment to service and building an open-minded society for the enrichment of the local population. 

Previous recipients of the award have included Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and Aggie Liberators of World War II; UT President Gregory L. Fenves and The University of Texas at Austin; Ric Campo; Velva G. and H. Fred Levine; Edith and Josef Mincberg, Bill Morgan and Murry Bowden; the Harry Mach family; KIPP founders Dave Levin and Mike Feinberg; former Mayor Annise Parker, Barbara and Gerald Hines; 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.

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