Nobel Peace Laureate and former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger helped draw a crowd of more than 1,600 to the Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Upper Wacker) March 20 for the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner. Guests joined co-chairs Jack S. Levin, Harvey L. Miller, Jim O’Connor Sr., Bill Osborn, J.B. Pritzker and Larry D. Richman in supporting the organization’s ongoing educational mission, paying tribute to local Holocaust survivors and honoring John A. Canning Jr., co-founder and chairman of Madison Dearborn Partners LLC and investor in Splash parent company Wrapports and Thomas S. Ricketts, chairman of Incapital LLC and the Chicago Cubs, for their contributions to the community. Richard S. Hirschhaut, founding executive director of the Museum and Education Center, received the Distinguished Community Leadership Award for his years of service to the Museum, and later, author Scott Turow took the stage for an interview with Kissinger, discussing Kissinger’s childhood in Germany during the Nazi rise to power. More than $2.3 million was raised for the museum’s initiatives.
The Sun-Times was the media sponsor of this event. The Sun-Times Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust will match donations to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center up to a total of $25,000. Up to $1,000 can be matched per individual donation.
Photos by Ramzi Dreessen and Ron Gould Studios/Chicago