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The Blue Card Annual Benefit Tribute Journal Monday November 16 2015 The mission of The Blue Card is to provide direct financial assistance with dignity and respect to needy Holocaust survivors living in the United States. THE RICHARD C. HOLBROOKE AWARD FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE Professor Elie Wiesel Nobel Laureate THE IRENE HIZME TIKKUN OLAM AWARD Sara Wolfensohn Wolfensohn Family Foundation THE MAX L. HEINE HUMANITARIAN AWARD Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program THE BLUE CARD YOUNG LEADERSHIP AWARD Rachel Rosenberg 2014-2015 AmeriCorps VISTA Community Liaison A TRIBUTE TO LE CHAMBON Harriet Abramson The Siggi B. Wilzig Fighting Cancer Together Program of The Blue Card Fighting cancer is tough enough when you have the means. When you dont support from The Blue Card can give you the strength you need to fight another day. The Siggi B. Wilzig Fighting Cancer Together Fund is the only national program established exclusively to help impoverished survivors with cancer who cant afford the basics let alone the extra care and luxuries we would want for our aged and ill loved ones. The program provides The Blue Card clients who are bat- tling cancer with insurance co-pay assistance for treatment funds toward transportation special diet requirements and support group services. To designate a contribution to the Siggi B. Wilzig Fighting Cancer Together program please note SBW in a memo when making your tax deductible contribution. 1 November 16 2015 THE BLUE CARD 2015 ANNUAL BENEFIT DINNER Hosted by Rita Cosby and Bill Ritter Gia Machlin President Masha Pearl Executive Director Welcome and opening remarks The Irene Hizme Tikkun Olam Award Sara Wolfensohn Presenters Irene Hizme and Nina Mogilnik Elaine and James Wolfensohn The Richard C. Holbrooke Award for Social Justice Professor Elie Wiesel Presenters Michael Douglas and Kati Marton Dinner The Blue Card Young Leadership Award Rachel Rosenberg Presenter Lucy DeVito The Max L. Heine Humanitarian Award Dr. Avi Wurman Stanley Bergman Dr. Allen Finkelstein and Peter Klein of the Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program Presenter Peggy Heine Klein A Video Tribute to Le Chambon Silent Auction 2 Menu Appetizer Kale Salad Baby Kale Radicchio Carrots Grape Tomatoes Fennel Crispy Capers Tossed with Maple Mustard Vinaigrette Accompanied by Crispy Kale Multi Grain Bread Stick Entre French Cut Breast of Lemon Chicken Preserved Meyer Lemons Wild Mushroom Farratto Caramelized Cipollini Onion White Asparagus Grilled Plum Tomato Half Sauted Spinach Timbale Dessert Lemon Key Lime Beehive Meyer Lemon and Key Lime Mousse Cloaked in a Blanket of Italian Meringue Based on a Nutter Dacquoise and Spiked with a Tangy Lemon Key Lime Curd Accented with Chocolate Abstract Honeycomb Raspberry Coulis Coffee and Tea 3 Dear Friends It is our great pleasure to welcome you to The Blue Card 2015 Annual Benefit Gala celebrating our 81st anniversary. Since its inception The Blue Card has been able to make a significant impact on the Holocaust survivor community. We would like to salute our 2015 honorees Professor Elie Wiesel Sara Wolfensohn Rachel Rosenberg The Alpha Omega - Henry Schein Cares Oral Health program and specifically Henry Schein CEO Stanley Bergman Vice President of Global Professional Relations Steven Kess and Dr. Allen Finkelstein of The Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity. This year we also extend a special thank you to Board member Harriet Abramson for sharing the inspiring story of Le Chambon. The 2014 distribution of nearly 2.5 million to needy Holocaust survivors demonstrates our diverse programs and ongoing support for the survivors in our network. We also want to reflect on the simple but powerful reminders of the impact of our work. A thank-you card from the survivor who finally received the homecare so desperately needed a phone call to wish us Shana Tova and to share news of a wonderful holiday celebration made possible with assistance from The Blue Card news of a recovery from an illness as a result of our help with copays medication and transportation for those who would have done without.These human interactions are the reason why each day The Blue Cards commitment to help needy Holocaust survivors is renewed. The Blue Cards ongoing personal connections with Holocaust survivors are the heart and soul of our organization. Elderly survivors know that they can turn to us when virtually every other agency has turned them away. We strive and succeed to make survivors remaining years as comfortable as possible without having to be concerned with pressing needs such as telephone emergency response systems medical and dental care homecare emergency cash assistance and so much more. Each yearThe Blue Cards programs are refined to reflect the emerging needs of this fragile population. Today The Blue Card has programs in more than 25 states. In 2015 we are proud to say that the visibility of our organization has grown having garnered press coverage in major publications such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. The Blue Cards evolution has been made possible through your generosity. We are grateful for your support of The Blue Cards mission and for joining us on this memorable evening. It is your dedication to our cause that enables us to continue providing hope and comfort. Sincerely Gia Machlin President Michael Lissner Chairman Masha Pearl Executive Director 4 FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS DESK Masha Pearl Dear Friends On behalf of our dedicated staff and volun- teers I would like to express The Blue Cards deep appreciation for your support of our ef- forts to improve the quality of life for Holo- caust survivors living in the United States. The Blue Card works tirelessly to ensure that the ever-growing needs of survivors are being met. This year alone the number of requests that our organization has received from needy survivors has increased by 20. We are happy to report that in 2015 because of your generosity and efforts some very substantial achievements were realized in- cluding 65000 homecare hours were provided to assist survivors with the tasks of daily living thus enabling them to maintain their inde- pendence longer and to defer the need for institutionalization 1400 survivors received telephone emer- gency response systems which allowed them to remain safely in their homes 900 emergency grants were issued to pre- vent homelessness and food deprivation and to provide vital medical and dental care As our support has grown The Blue Card work has been featured in top-tier media outlets including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. With each new ar- ticleThe Blue Card receives many first-time donations and enlists many additional vol- unteers. Some of our most dedicated volunteers have been those who participate in our sports en- durance programs.The Blue Card has been a perennial official charity partner of the TCS New York City Marathon.This year our runners from all over the world raised an incredible 120000. Notably several of our extraordinary runners are children and grandchildren of survivors. As 2015 draws to a closeThe Blue Card will continue working to ensure that remaining survivors are not forgotten and that they are well-cared for. We strive to bring them hope and wherever possible happiness. As we look back upon our past success all of us at The Blue Card are filled with gratitude towards our generous public and private sector do- nors. Please enjoy this evening which marks our 81st anniversary. Sincerely Masha Pearl Executive Director 5 Refer a Survivor The Blue Card works with local social services agencies to locate survivors who are in need. If you know of a survivor who needs our assistance but does not have access to a social service agency contact us at 212 239-2251 or infobluecardfund.org. Engage Your Employer Share The Blue Cards mission with your employer and encourage matching donations. Consider Planned Giving Legacies From naming The Blue Card in your will to charitable trusts retirement plan gifts and gift annuities there are many giving options available. Please consult your financial planner for options and benefits. Your lasting legacy and compassion will ensure that Blue Card programs will continue to help survivors in need while also providing financial benefits to you and your family. Connect Athletes to Our Endurance Program The Blue Card takes part in various sporting events including the TCS New York City Marathon the TD 5 Borough Bike Tour and the New York City Triathlon. Host an Informational Meeting Share The Blue Cards mission with your friends and encourage them to get involved andor donate. Visit a Survivor in the Hospital Many survivors do not have a strong support network that they can rely on when they are in the hospital. The Blue Card-Lissner Hospital Visitation Program offers volunteer visits to hospitalized Holocaust survivors who need companionship and emotional support. HOW YOU CAN HELP 6 The Blue Cards 2014 Grants at a Glance 1. Emergency Cash Assista 2. Homecare Program 3. Dental Program 4. Monthly Stipend 5. TERS 6. Holiday Program 7. Cancer Care 8. Birthday Program 9. Summer Vacation 10. Bring A Smile 11. Vitamin Program TO 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1. Emergency Cash Assistance 2. Homecare Program 3. Dental Program 4. Monthly Stipend 5. TERS 6. Holiday Program 7. Cancer Care 8. Birthday Program 9. Summer Vacation 10. Bring A Smile 11. Vitamin Program 573281.00 560991.00 396704.00 384973.00 283733.00 129020.00 56000.00 49350.00 27340.00 21925.00 8385.00 TOTAL GRANT 2491702 1 2 7 THE RICHARD C. HOLBROOKE AWARD FOR SOCIAL JUSTICETHE RICHARD C. HOLBROOKE AWARD FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE Richard C. Holbrooke lived a profoundly purposeful life. Regarded as one of the countrys most influential and accomplished diplomats he was a deeply committed humanitarian whose intelligence persistence and unusual skills made the seemingly impossible possible across the globe. Among his innumerable achievements Mr. Holbrooke expanded upon Richard Nixons trip to China to establish full diplomatic relations with China and he spotlighted conflicts and health crises in Africa and Indonesia where he called for more peacekeeping forces. His deft prodding led to the landmark1995 Dayton peace accords that ended the war in Bosnia a feat Mr. Holbrooke sought to duplicate as chief envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan before his untimely death in 2010. And after the collapse of Communism he successfully fought for Holocaust survivors to receive restitution from then-emerging democracies in Central and Eastern Europe. He was a hurricaneof eloquence and energy and force said President Bill Clinton. He was a great diplomat because he was smart and he could learn and he could think he could write he could speak and most importantly he could do . . . there are a lot of people walking around on the face of the earth today or their children or their grandchildren because of the way he lived his life. The Blue Cards Richard C. Holbrooke Award for Social Justice is a fitting lasting tribute to a man who according to Henry Kissinger saw a challenge not an obstacle and because of his inspired leadership elevated a forlorn problem into a moral adventure. Richard C. Holbrooke lived a profoundly purposeful life. Regarded as one of the countrys most influential and accomplished diplomats he was a deeply committed humanitarian whose intelligence persistence and unusual skills made the seemingly impossible possible across the globe. Among his innumerable achievements Mr. Holbrooke expanded upon Richard Nixons trip toChinatoestablishfulldiplomaticrelationswith China and he spotlighted conflicts and health crises in Africa and Indonesiawhere he called for more peacekeeping forces. His deft prodding led to the landmark 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia a feat Mr.Holbrooke sought to duplicate as chief envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan before his untimely death in 2010. And after the collapse of Communism he successfully fought for Holocaust survivors to receive restitution from then-emerging democracies in Central and Eastern Europe. He was a hurricaneof eloquence and energy and force said President Bill Clinton. He was a great diplomat because he was smart and he could learn and he could think he could write he could speak and most importantly he could do . . . there are a lot of people walking around on the face of the earth today or their children or their grandchildren because of the way he lived his life. The Blue Cards Richard C. Holbrooke Award for Social Justice is a fitting lasting tribute to a man who according to Henry Kissinger saw a challenge not an obstacle and because of his inspired leadership elevated a forlorn problem into a moral adventure. 8 THE RICHARD C. HOLBROOKE AWARD FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE RECIPIENT Professor Elie Wiesel Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in Sighet Transylvania now a part of Romania. He was fifteen years old when he and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz. His mother and younger sister perished his two older sisters survived. Elie and his father were later transported to Buchenwald where his father died shortly before the camp was liberated in April 1945. After the war Elie Wiesel studied in Paris and later became a journalist. During an interview with the distinguished French writer Francois Mauriac he was persuaded to write about his experiences in the death camps. The result was his internationally acclaimed memoirLa Nuit or Nightwhich has since been translated into more than thirty languages. In 1978 President Jimmy Carter appointed Elie Wiesel as Chairman of the Presidents Commission on the Holocaust. In 1980 he became the Founding Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He is also the Founding President of the Paris-based Universal Academy of Cultures. Elie Wiesel has received over one hundred honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning. A devoted supporter of Israel Elie Wiesel has also defended the cause of Soviet Jews Nicaraguas Miskito Indians Argentinas Desaparecidos Cambodian refugees the Kurds victims of famine in Africa victims of apartheid in South Africaand victims of war in the former Yugoslavia. TeachinghasalwaysbeencentraltoElieWiesels work. Since 1976 he has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University where he also holds the title of University Professor. Elie Wiesel is the author of more than 60 books of fiction and non-fiction. For his literary and human rights activities he has received numerous awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedomthe U.S.Congressional Gold Medal and the Medal of Liberty Awardand the rank of Grand Officer in the French Legion of Honor. In 1986 Elie Wiesel won the Nobel Prize for Peace. A few months later Marion and Elie Wiesel established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. 9 MAX L. HEINE HUMANITARIAN AWARD Max Heine was a giver. He gave because he felt it was the right thing to do because he cared deeply about other people and because not giving was not an option for him Max was born in 1910 in Berlin. His father was a doctor and his mothers family owned a large factory that manufactured automobiles motorcycles and munitions. As a teenager he rode the company motorcycles and when he wrecked one he simply got a new one. He wasnt much of a student. The comments on his report card ranged from nicht gengend not sufficient to mangelhaft unsatisfactory to gengend sufficient.Max was considered the black sheep of the family and not only because of his grades. He was distressed by the social inequities of the day. While studying law-not very successfully-at the University of Heidelberg in the late 1920she becameseriouslyinvolvedinleft- wing politics. A family rumor alleged that he tried to organize the workforce at the family family. True or not it suggests where his sympathies lay. In the early 1930s he was arrested for his activities with anti-Nazi organizations which turned out to be a stroke of good fortune. He saw the writing on the wall and in 1933 abandonded his law studiesandemigratedtotheU.S. Many of his relatives were not so lucky. In America Max had to start at the bottom. His first job was as a salesman for womens haberdashery and mens neckties. He wasnt much of a salesman and if he knew anything about fashionhekeptitwellconcealed. Soon he moved on to a job as a runnerinaWallStreetbrokerage firm.He had no idea that within a few decades hed be known as The Dean of Wall Street. It was around this time that he fell in love with Lotte Hirsch another German migr They married in 1938 and remained inseparable until her death almost 50 years later. They had three daughters Doris Karin and Peggyand lived in the same house in Roslyn for 40 years. Max flourished on Wall Street first by helping many of his fellow migrs invest their savings then by spotting value in the bonds of bankrupt companies. In 1949 he took over the leadership of Mutual Shares a pioneering mutual fund.He later became chairman of Herzog Heine Geduld and chairman of Heine Securities. No matter how brilliantly he maneuvered in the world of capitalism Max never cared all that much about money. He cared about people. He always though of the stock market as a game he enjoyed the game immensely but it didnt make him feel bigger or smarter or worthier than anyone else and it was never the most important thing in his life. He was an incredibly loyal friend a loving husband and father a doting grandfather. He considered himself a very lucky manand he wanted to help others.He never thoughtofitasasacrificehejust thought of it as the thing to do as natural as getting up in the morning. And Blue Card was the perfect fit-helping people like himbut less fortunate. 10 Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity and Henry Schein Inc. created the Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program to answer the White Houses call to action to develop an innovative public-private partnership program to improve the quality of life of Holocaust survivors. By increasing Holocaust survivors access to oral care the program seeks to significantly enhance their overall health and quality of life. The program provides pro bono dental care for the most economically vulnerable Holocaust survivors who meet the eligibility requirements of the program. In addition to financial need the three critical factors in prioritizing patients for participation are elimination of pain restoration of function and lack of dental coverage. Thus far in its first year of operation the program serves Holocaust survivors in 12 cities across North America has special partnerships with two dental schools and intends to expand in the future. The Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity AO is the oldest international Jewish dental and medical organization. Founded in 1907 AO has expanded into an international community of dental professionals who are guided by the tenets of professionalism fraternalism and commitment to Judaic values. Henry Schein is the worlds largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental animal health and medical practitioners. Henry Schein Cares the Companys global corporate social responsibility program expands access to health care for underserved and at-risk communities around the world. MAX L. HEINE HUMANITARIAN AWARD RECIPIENT Alpha Omega Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program 11 IRENE HIZME TIKKUM OLAM AWARD Born in Czechoslovakia in 1937 Irene Hizme and her twin brother Rene entered life in Na- zi-occupied Europe and were inmates at the Theresienstadt ghetto by age ve. At six years of age they entered Auschwitz concentration camp with their mother. Rene and Irene were liberated by the Russians in January of 1945. Irene was a biochemist at Cornell Medical School and Albert Einstein School of Medi- cine and later a senior computer programmer at Grumman Corporation. Her English and Hebrew calligraphy have been exhibited and published in several Calligraphers Engage- ment Calendars and the newsletter Penscrip- tions and most recently 100 New York Callig- raphers. When multiple sclerosis made it impossible to continue working Irene put her energies into doing things to better society. She began speaking about the Mengele Twins in 1985 when she realized that this was an undocu- mented tale. In her presentations she stresses the need to speak out against all forms of in- justice and prejudice. In November 2006 she was the recipient of the Akim Foundations Triumph of Humanity Award. The Blue Cards Irene Hizme Tikkum Olam Award was created to honor an individual who has dedicated hisher life towards improving the lives of others and has shown extraordi- nary commitment towards raising funds and awareness for Holocaust survivors. Irene lives with her husband Samuel on Long Island. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. 12 IRENE HIZME TIKKUM OLAM AWARD RECIPIENT Sara Wolfensohn Sara Wolfensohn visited Yad Vashem in Israel as a young girl and that experience in- spired her devotion to survivors. For decades Sara has been involved in two family founda- tions the Botwinick-Wolfensohn Founda- tion and the Wolfensohn Family Foundation. The latter is a private family foundation es- tablished in New York in 1994 by her father James D. Wolfensohn. Sara has directed funds to a number of organizations that help Holo- caust survivors beginning in 1980. In addition to her responsibilities as director of the Foundation Sara is a concert pianist. A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music her career has encompassed performances with major American and European orchestras collaborations with renowned cellists Mstislav Rostropovich and Yo-Yo Ma and numerous solo recitals both in the United States and abroad. She has appeared as guest soloist with orchestras including the Pittsburgh Sym- phony the Milwaukee Symphony the Mon- treal Symphony the New Jersey Symphony Washingtons National Symphony Orchestra the New York Chamber and the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra under Lorin Maazel and in the White Nights Festival with the Mariin- sky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. Sara enjoys integrating her musical and phil- anthropic interests. In 1998 she performed in a benet concert she organized to raise funds for breast cancer research. In 2001 she played with Yo-Yo Ma in a fundraiser that she co- ordinated for the same cause. In 2005 Sara worked with UJA to arrange a concert with Yo-Yo Ma to raise funds for UJAs Nazi Vic- tim Services Initiative which supports many organizations throughout the New York City area. Sara has served on the boards of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation Third Street Music Settlement American Composers Fo- rum and Jewish Funders Network. She par- ticipated in the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program and the Global Leaders ofTomorrow Community of the World Economic Forum. Sara currently lives in Cambridge Massachu- settswith her husband and three children.She plays piano weekly at Brigham and Womens hospital as a volunteer. She also enjoys playing at the Franciscan Hospital for Children. Re- cently she performed for Holocaust survivors in the Boston area at the JCC in Newton at Cafe Halachah. 13 RachelRosenberginternedattheJewishFederationAssociationofConnecticutJFACTwhile in college. She graduated from the University of Hartford in 2013. Afterwards she volunteered with JFACT by planning Caf Europa programs on a monthly basis for Holocaust survivors and helped lobby for Holocaust education to be mandatory in Connecticut. Rachels commitment and involvement to The Blue Card began when she was a VISTA Program Coordinator this past year working closely to increase capacity to support Holocaust survivors in New York. As a granddaughter and great niece of Holocaust survivorsRachel feels a deep personal connection to the work of The Blue Card. Currently Rachel is pursuing a masters degree in Social Work at Columbia University. YOUNG LEADERSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT Rachel Rosenberg 14 Rita Cosby is one of the most recognized and respected broadcasters in America and has been quoted and proled by hundreds of media outlets across the country and overseas. Born in Brooklyn she is a renowned Emmy-winning TV host veteran correspondent and multiple bestselling author who anchored highly rated prime-time shows on Fox News Channel and MSNBC. She is currently a special correspondent for the top-rated CBS syndicated newsmagazine Inside Edition does frequent hosting and reporting for CNNHLN and hosts The Rita Cosby Show on the legendary WABC Radio the most listened to talk station in America. Named as one of the Most Inuential Women in Radio in both 2014 and 2015 by Radio Ink Magazine she was also honored in 2015 with two prestigious Gracie Awards for both Outstanding Host and Outstanding Talk Show. Throughout her illustrious TV career Rita has secured some of the biggest interviews including exclusives with more than twenty world leaders including ve U.S. Presidents. She conducted historic back-to-back interviews with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Min- ister Ariel Sharon and was one of the last American journalists to meet with Libyan dictator Muammar Gadda. Rita was also granted rare meetings with Pope Benedict XVI and years earlier with Pope John Paul II to discuss death penalty issues after receiving an exclusive letter from Timothy McVeigh explaining why he carried out the Oklahoma City bombing. In June 2014 she made international headlines when she interviewed Pope Francis at the Vatican about the historic Mideast Peace Summit. Because of Ritas extraordinary journalism and exemplary service on behalf of her community October 11th 2010 was ofcially named Rita Cosby Day in the State of New York. In 2011 she was recognized by the US Congress for her professional and charitable achievements. HOST RITA COSBY 15 BillRitterjoined2020asacorrespondent in November 1997. He joined ABC News in 1993. He has been host of Good Morning AmericaSunday and a correspondent on Good Morning America. In 1998 Ritter was named weekend anchor of WABC-TV in New York. In 1999 he was named 1100 p.m. anchor of ABCs agship owned and operated station and in 2001 he took over the 600 p.m. newscast as well. Ritter has covered dozens of important news stories for a variety of ABC News programs including the murder of an eight year old Lei- by Kletzky in Brooklyn. Mob attacks and al- leged sexual assault of young women in Man- hattans Central Park following the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado. The death of Prin- cess Diana the crash of TWA Flight 800 the criminal and civil trials of O.J. Simpson and the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bomb- ing. Prior to joining ABC he was a reporter for KCAL-TV the former Disney-owned inde- pendent station in Los Angeles. Previously the Los Angeles native reported on the Rod- ney King trial and the subsequent Los Ange- les riots for the Fox Television Network. From August 1991 through February 1992 Ritter also served as a reporter for the Fox Networks nationally syndicated show Entertainment Daily Journal E.D.J. and from February 1990 to August 1991 he was an investigative reporter for KTTV-TV Fox Television in Los Angeles. He also was an anchor for the stations Gulf War coverage. While serving as a business journalist then investigative reporter for KNSD-TV NBC afliate in San Diego from 1987 to 1990 Ritter known for his white-collar crime in- vestigations captured four Emmy Awards. In 1989 he was honored for his investiga- tive reporting in uncovering a local stock swindle as well as for his overall journalistic enterprise. In 1987 he won in both of these categories again this time for his reports ex- posing a safety scandal involving killer whales and their trainers at San Diegos Sea World of California. He also was named NBC Afliate Reporter of the Year in 1987 and 1988. Ritter began his career in print journalism in 1972. He served as a reporter then business editor of the San Diego County edition of The Los Angeles Times from 1984 to 1987. In 1984 he won The Los Angeles Times Editorial Award for uncovering a 200 million broker fraud in San Diego. He also worked as a reporter and editor for the San Diego Business Journal from 1980 to 1984. Ritter served as chairman of Crash Inc. a non-prot drug education and prevention or- ganization in San Diego from 1980 to 1990 and was on the San Diego State University Business School advisory board in 1984 and 1985. He attended San Diego State Univer- sity majoring in accounting and economics. HOST BILL RITTER 16 LETTER FROM MARSHALL HUEBNER 2015 TCS NEW YORK CITY MARATHON HONORARY TEAM CAPTAIN Dear members of the 2015 Blue Card TCS New York City marathon team This year it is my privilege to be the honorary captain of Team Blue Cardone of the charity teams running the New York City Marathon on November 1 2015. I have been running the NYC Marathon for The Blue Card since 2009. This year is particularly meaningful to me as my father who was born in Vienna in 1921 and had a harrowing escape from the Nazis passed away last December and I am this year running in his memory to raise money for destitute Holocaust survivors. In fact my period of saying kaddish ends on Friday afternoon October 30 and the Marathon is Sunday morning November 1st. This year is also significant because 70 years ago the Nazis were finally defeated the Holocaust ended the camps were liberated and those who survived could start the long and painful journey out of the abyss. The Blue Card is a unique organization that provides essential services -- food medicine vitamins hearing aids rent dental care electronic lifelines and more -- to destitute Holocaust survivors whose average income hovers around 12000. Many of the approximately 2000 survivors supported by The Blue Card are disabled and have no family or other support structure to assist them or to provide them with dignity and essential services in this phase of their lives. It is unthinkable that people who lived through one of the most horrific events in human history should again be facing the risks of privation hunger and access to medical care -- and it is to this raw and crying need that The Blue Card is singularly devoted. Because of The Blue Cards minimal overhead and operating expenses 100 of all contributions go directly to these fundamental human needs. Your support on behalf of The Blue Cards unique mission has been twofold an amazing personal physical effort based on long hours of training preceding the race and your fund-raising making a real difference to an unusually vulnerable population whose needs are dire. In the process you have not only honored those who survived but the six million who did not. I thank you as the team captain as a member of The Blue Card family of donors and supporters and as a descendant of the generation that suffered the horrors of the Holocaust. May we all have a year of peace and blessing the world certainly needs it. 17 Arnold Breitbart Irit Bean Andrea Bacari Luciano Braverman Chaim Brill Simon GrollDavid Fishman Graeme Bean Marcelle Breitbart Jennifer GerschAdam Delson Emiliano Casenave Adrian Grunewald Barbara Hagan Rebekah Hagan Schaper James Henry 18 Lauren MeyerowitzYael Labaton Dan SchoenbaumDavid Ross Marshall Huebner Jennifer SchlossAlyssa Prager Michelle Schwarze Rabbi Jeremy WiederSebastian Sucri Ben Yanovich Sergio Zilberman Not pictured above Diego Bekerman Jonathan Fishman Alisa Oliner Javier Pelach Alejandro Pochinki Daniel Rothman Boris Zhabianski Lauren Herzog 19 Noahs father lower left on the boat from Vienna to Cuba 1939. My father Emil Wildman was a Holocaust survivor. His mother had a prison-number tattoo on her forearmbut never told us the story of how that came to beprobably because the story was too terrible to recount.They came over by boat in 39 to Cubaas the US was not taking refugees from Germany at the time.Once the world started figuring out what happenedthey came through Ellis Island in 40 and settled in the Bronx. Growing up in NYC my dad made sure that his kids always had enough and they had what he did not. He also made sure that my brother and I always had a bicycle.That was important to him -- and remains vital to me today.Despite living in a modest NYC apartment with my familywhich includes two kids I have a collection of nine bikes 10 if you include my Citibike membership. Sure there are bikes for my kids and my wife but also a bike for all purposes and all seasons. Ive been cycling my whole life and started riding long-distance and road bikes about 20 years ago. About 16 years ago I started riding in group events including the 5 Boro. After my mother Edna Wildman retired I got her a bicycle and took her out for a few rides. Elie Rubinstein my mothers colleague protg remembered Mom telling him about our bike rides -- and how much she enjoyed them -- and in 2010 reached out to me with a special proposition. As then executive director of The Blue Card Elie had an idea to sponsor a team to ride in 2011 5 Boro BikeTour.He asked me to be the teams captain.How could I say no My mother worked on behalf of Jewish interests for most of her adult life my Viennese father narrowly escaped becoming a victim of the Holocaust himself. Jewish activism is in my DNA. 2015 was my 5th year captaining Team Blue Card at the TD 5 Boro Bike Tour. My daughter Edie a nickname for Edna rode with me as a passenger she is barely six years old. My son Mili short for Emil is not yet four and will be joining us on the bike in the coming years too remember I have a lot of bikes for a lot of purposes including hauling human cargo. I only got my mom out on a bike a handful of timesbut I think shed be thrilled her grandchildren are riding by my side this year.I never got my dad out on a bikebut getting his namesake on this ride to lend a helping hand to those who were also probably deprived of bicycles as children would make him feel very loved. NOAH WILDMAN TEAM BLUE CARD CAPTAIN AT TD 5 BORO BIKE TOUR 20 Team Blue Card at the 2015 TD 5 Boro Bike Tour The Nachlis Family Leonard Gold and Nina Mogilnik 21 22 23 T H E C I T Y O F N EW YO RK O FFI C E O F T H E M A Y O R N EW YO RK N Y 10007 November 16 2015 Dear Friends It is a great pleasure to welcome everyone to The Blue Cards Annual Benefit Dinner. New Yorkers come together in support of causes that not only benefit our communities and our residents but also extend far beyond our city to touch the lives of many around the world. With its critical mission to provide assistance to Holocaust survivors and their families The Blue Card has united people in the five boroughs to help brighten the future for those in need. By offering vital medical services financial assistance free vacation programs and more The Blue Card has embodied the incredible spirit of generosity and compassion that our city is known for. This organization has also offered great opportunities to help raise funds as part of Team Blue Card and I applaud all of the dedicated marathoners and supporters for their ongoing commitment to build a better world. On behalf of the City of New York congratulations to all of this years honorees and the runners that participated in the TCS New York City Marathon. I offer my best wishes for a terrific evening and continued success. Sincerely Bill de Blasio Mayor 24 November 16 2015 Dear Friends Greetings to everyone gathered here tonight at The Blue Cards Annual Benefit Dinner Nonprofit organizations like The Blue Card are vital to our city in so many ways. In addition to providing life-saving services to those in need they also employ thousands of New Yorkers and help keep our economy strong and growing. They also serve as key allies in our efforts to create a more equal and just New York City where everyone regardless of what borough they are from or what zip code they in has access to the support and services that they need to achieve the best possible life here in our city. This work wouldnt be possible without the help and support of our citys nonprofit community and I would like to thank The Blue Card and its dedicated staff and volunteers for the critically important work that they are doing to help ensure that our citys Holocaust survivors have the resources they need and deserve to live their lives with peace and dignity. Congratulations as well to all of this years honorees. I hope everyone has a wonderful time tonight. Mazal tov Sincerely MELISSA MARK-VIVERITO Speaker MELISSA MARK-VIVERITO SPEAKER TELEPHONE 212 788-7210 THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK CITY HALL NEW YORK NY 10007 25 CityCouncilCitation Whereasagreatcitycanonlyourishthroughtheeffortsofthosepersons whogiveexemplaryservicetotheircommunitieswhetherthroughparticipation involuntaryprogramsuniquepersonalachievementprofessionalendeavors orsimplythroughalifetimeofgoodcitizenryand Whereassuchservicewhichistrulythelifebloodofthecommunityand thecitysooftengoesunrecognizedandunrewardednowthereforebeit ResolvedthatasdulyelectedmembersoftheNewYorkCityCouncil werecognizethatinprovidingcomprehensivesocialservicestoaidand sustainHolocaustsurvivorslivinginpovertyinourcity standsasanexceptionalorganizationonewhichisworthyoftheesteemof boththecommunityitservesandthegreatCityofNewYork. DateMELISSAMARK-VIVERITO SpeakerNewYorkCityCouncil September102015 THEBLUECARD 26 27 JOB MARKET VOCATIONS THE SOCIAL WORKER SUPPORT FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS Interview by Patricia R. Olsen June 13 2015 THE BLUE CARD IN THE PRESS Temmi Merlis left a social worker and Masha Pearl the executive director at The Blue Card TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE PLEASE USE THE LINK BELOW httpwww.nytimes.com20150614jobssupport-for-holocaust-survivors. html_r4 28 WEDDINGS HEARTFELT DONATIONS REPLACE WEDDING PARTY FAVORS By Abby Ellin June 19 2015 THE BLUE CARD IN THE PRESS CreditTom Bloom TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE PLEASE USE THE LINK BELOW httpwww.nytimes.com20150621fashionweddingsheartfelt-donations- replace-wedding-party-favors.html_r1 29 U.S. NEW YORK NY REGION IN NEW YORK MANY HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS STRUGGLE TO GET BY A COALITION OF GROUPS SEEKS 1.5 MILLION FROM THE CITY TO HELP AGING SURVIVORS By Sophia Hollander May 19 2015 THE BLUE CARD IN THE PRESS Jos Urbach PHOTO CASSANDRA GIRALDO FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE PLEASE USE THE LINK BELOW httpwww.wsj.comarticlesin-new-york-many-holocaust-survivors-struggle- to-get-by-1432083336 30 When I was in 2nd grade my older sister Ariel performed in a short play at a Nurenberg-Furth kindertransport reunion in the Catskills. Although I knew about the Holocaust the play and the weekend spent with Holocaust survivors inspired me to want to learn more. In 4th grade when I got my 2017 Bat Mitzvah date I knew where my heart was and how I wanted to dedicate my volunteer time. I also knew I wanted to start right away. My family and I contacted the organizer of the Nurenberg-Furth Kindertransport reunion Frank Harris to find out if there was anything that I could do. I knew there was a need for support of Holocaust survivors because I read about how many survivors are very poor and need help in Israel. I thought this might be the case here in the USA as well. Frank put us in touch with The Blue Card the organization that has helped him almost his whole life. There is so much I want to do to help. So far I have been creating 100 birthday cards per month as part of The Blue Cards birthday package.In additionI plan to raise money by selling candy and organizing a talent show. I am a 5th grader at the Rashi School in Dedham MA. I look forward to doing everything I can to contribute to the happiness of the Holocaust survivors through The Blue Card. Just getting started SIMCHA PROJECT Jessie Rae Bavly 31 SIMCHA PROJECT The Bergstein Family This July three members of our family participated in the 2015 Panasonic NYC Triathlon. Last spring the youngest member of our family reached out to Temple Emanu El in New York City and gave a presentation to the entire Hebrew School about Blue Card and why it is so important. An ongoing family endeavor to raise awareness and funds for The Blue Card....our family that almost didnt exist. We will continue with our work in the years to come so that no one will ever forget 32 SIMCHA PROJECT Russell Fisher For my Bar Mitzvah project I wanted to get a deeper understanding of the Holocaust. After doing some research online I came across The Blue Card. I spoke with my Rabbi about the organization and he said go for it So that is what I did. My mom contacted them and later that day I walked into the office ready to start my mitzvah project. The only stipulation my parents made was that when I meet the survivors I establish an ongoing relationship with them and welcome them into our family. And that is exactly what I did. I had studied the Holocaust in secular and religious school but still found it hard to imagine people literally being thrown out of their homes rounded up and transported to the camps to be tortured and killed. I mean really... doesnt this sound unbelievable But sadly it is far too real and far too believable. In fact so many horrors suffered by my fellow Jews are too gruesome to even speak of. But speak of them we must so that lessons can be learned and those that perished and survived will NEVER be forgotten. My Mitzvah project had two parts to it. First The Blue Card had me deliver gift baskets to survivors. I met with four amazing survivors and they told me their stories. From them I learned no matter what one should never lose faith in G-D.Always stand up for what is right and the true meaning of surviving.What really stood out for me after getting to know these people is their never wavering faith in G-D and Judaism. When Ms. Monica showed me her German passport with swastikas stamped on it and it was like looking and touching a history book. Mr. Greg told me how he was hidden under the floor by righteous gentiles during the war and that is why he is alive today. Ms. Evas father was killed in a camp but she had an uncle who helped her family escape and together they helped form the state of Israel. And last is Mr. Jilly who sadly passed away a short time after our meeting. He survived Auschwitz and fought in the Six- Day War. These people are true survivors and heroes in my eyes I am honored to welcome them into my extended family The second part of my Mitzvah project was to design rubber bracelets and then sell to anyone and everyone I came into contact with. The money I raised went to The Blue Card to directly help survivors with emotional and financial needs. My experience with The Blue Card has given me a new perspective on life. I am so thankful for this experience and look forward to continuing to work with The Blue Card in any way possible. 33 In the middle of last year while I was studying in Eretz Yisroel I experienced one of the sad- dest moments I can remember. On November 18 2014 four rabbis were stabbed to death in a shul in Har Nof. I remember thinking that morning what can I do and how can I help How should I change after this incident We can daven we can raise money for these fami- lies and raise awareness of what Jews to go through in their land on a daily basis. These families realized unimaginable trauma and tragedy. This incident reminded me about another pe- riod of my life when I was zoche honored to meet and talk to holy survivors. One night I was introduced to an idea by a family friend that at the time seemed very foreign to me. He told me that there are Holocaust survivors today going through another tragedy some of them are living in poverty. Back then I also thought to myself I cannot let another at- tack on these people happen again. What can I do How can I help When I rst found out about this I didnt want to believe it and others around me couldnt believe it either. I did some major research and saw it was a huge problem. I decided to make a video for my school thesis project based on this prob- lem to try to raise awareness and maybe some- how help these people. When I started going around to these survivors it changed my life in a big way. They showed me whats impor- tant to them in life and it rubbed off on me as well. When I had the opportunity to go to some of their homes I saw piles of cans some full some empty. They were actually eating out of cans. I thought to myself how can we let this happen to people like this One of them said to me You shouldnt care about things care about people. This line has stayed with me till this day. Another one said to me We are suffering we are suffering now too. After realizing what these people are going through I decided I was going to call the video Sur- viving Surviving. These kedoshim deserve better than this in their last few years and we can do a lot more to help them. My father tells me that when Rabbi Avraham Heschel ZL was asked where was G-D during the Ho- locaust he responded G-d was crying with the people in Auschwitz. The real question is where was man We cannot let suffering like this happen again in a different way for their last few years. I am writing this message to you while in Is- rael and literally facing the Holy of Holies. Survivors are referred to as the Holiest peo- ple on earth they need us to face them now. To view the video please visit httpsvimeo.com5064899 SIMCHA PROJECT Joe Elias Klein 34 SIMCHA PROJECT Zachary Nachlis This past year as I prepared to become a Bar Mitzvah I researched meaningful Chesed projects and learned about The Blue Card from a family friend. Several years ago I developed an intense interest in learning about the impact of the Holocaust as part of a family trip to Germany. Since that trip I have been passionate about issues related to the ongoing impact of the Holocaust on survivors. In addition I have also been interested in the ways in which society can ensure that future generations work to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive. Also over the course of my lifeI have engaged in various forms of volunteer work and have enjoyed opportunities to make a positive impact on the lives of others. I knew immediately that working with The Blue Card to support its critical mission would be a unique way to combine my interests for my simcha project. The initial way that I was able to assistThe Blue Card was through my leadership position with my schools community service organization. This role allowed me to introduce the work of The Blue Card to my school as I worked with members of the service committee to sell bracelets inscribed with The Blue Cards name and mission. This project enabled me to raise awareness of the Holocaust within my school community while also providing funds to support The Blue Card through the proceeds of the bracelet sales. Also as an avid cyclist I participated this past spring in the TD 5 Boro Bike Tour in support of The Blue Card. The most incredible part of the experience included those several times that I was stopped and asked about the organization for which I was riding. Those moments provided wonderful opportunities to tell others about the meaningful work of The Blue Card. While the sale of bracelets at my school and my participation in the TD 5 Boro Bike Tour formed integral parts of my work with The Blue Card it is my meaningful connection with Andre a Hungarian survivor and client of The Blue Card that has most profoundly impacted me. I have not only had the pleasure of getting to know this resilient and kind man but I have also greatly enjoyed opportunities to share his company and conversation and alsoto assist him with tasks such as navigating new technologies in his home. Each of these distinct experiences has allowed me the great privilege of supporting the worthy work ofThe Blue Card while elevating my understanding of what it means to be a contributing adult within the Jewish community and the greater world. It has been a true pleasure working with The BlueCardthispastyearasIpreparedtobecome a Bar Mitzvah.I look forward to continuing to find ways to help the organization as it works to ensure that survivors are able to live in dignity and comfort. 35 SIMCHA PROJECT Eleanor Rubin When I first read about the Blue Card in a JCC brochure I knew it was the perfect fit for me. It is an extraordinarily meaningful organization that does incredible work and it is personal to my family and our past. I have been working with Blue Card for a year and it has been a rewarding experience. I frequently visit Emily Kessler at her home. Chatting with her for hours and listening to her beautiful mandolin playing is such a treat. I love bringing homemade baked goods for her as well as themed Jewish holiday gifts such as a Passover basket. I take her out to lunch in her neighborhood at her favorite local Greek restaurant. I have also seen her perform with her mandolin at her club Jasa. My family welcomed Emily as well as Gia Machlin to our home for a delicious Shabbat dinner. At the moment of writing this Emily has invited me to accompany her to see an opera outside Lincoln Center This past year I hosted International Holocaust Remembrance Day at The Spence School. I raised money and awareness for the Blue Card through a bracelet sale and by charging people a small fee to be allowed to wear non-uniform for that day.This yearI will be starting a Blue Card club at my school to spread awareness and aid Holocaust survivors in our community. I look forward to continuing to build and expand my relationship with this incredibly important organization. 36 My grandfather Sol Urbach lost his three brothers two sisters his mother and his father when he was 16. He was saved by Oscar Schindler.Today he has a wife three children ve grandchil- dren one great grandchild and one more on the way. My grandfather Jerry Lissner was evacuated from Germany on a Kindertransport from Berlin in 1939. He returned to Europe during the war as an American GI in the Counter-Intelligence Corps where he served behind enemy lines. Although Jerry is no longer with us he lives on in his two children and four grandchildren. My grandmother Ada Birnbaum later in life known as Ada Urbach ed Krakow in 1941 with her family and spent much of the war in a Siberian labor camp. Following their liberation and escape from Siberia her family settled in Germany and eventually moved to Flemington NJ. My grandmother Liese Shomberg later in life known as Liese Lissner sailed for the United States in August 1939 with her family on one of the last ships to leave Germany. Settling in Washington Heights my great grandfather Dr. Ernst Shomberg devoted his medical practice to refugees who were able to leave Germany before the war and later he cared for survivors of the Holocaust whose health had suffered ruinously. Today as a third generation Holocaust survivor it is my duty to remember it is my duty to speak out against injustice it is my duty to help to reach out to those in need and above all it is my duty to be sure that the world does not forget that although we suffered Am Yisrael chai. OUR DUTY TO REMEMBER By Eliese Lissner 2015 Young Leadership Co-Chair 37 As the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor the mission of the Blue Card is deeply personal to me. My grandmother Ruth spoke to her family about her experiences and the responsibilities we have to remember the Shoah. She wrote the following Writing is a great release and so is lecturing. I keep my words simple my sentences easy to grasp. How often can I use words such as brutal How can we really remember How do we honor the dead tell six million tales explain their deaths when our words are poor and the sound becomes trite. Can I describe the smell of prussic acid potassium cyanide when I know that was their last gasp Do you know what splinters of bones feel like crushing under your feet after they just have been spewed out from a chimney I know these words do not tell the agony. I am of this earth.The language of the other and even a name for it eludes me.That language has not been found. I pray to nd the words to articulate before it is too late. My grandmother felt a profound sense of urgency to tell her story. Today the next generation must also feel the same urgency not just to preserve the stories as I am doing by writing her biography but also to help the remaining survivors live with dignity. As the number of survivors declines now is our last opportunity to have a impact on their lives. I have been involved with the Blue Card since 2011 when ran the New York City Marathon with Team Blue Card. It is an incredible feeling to cross a nish line after months of training and raising funds to help survivors. This past June I was honored to co-chair the fourth annual Young Leadership Ping Pong Social which was a remarkable event in which we spread aware- ness of this cause among my generation. I am honored to be here tonight and to be involved with this important organization. OUR DUTY TO REMEMBER ByLaurenMeyerowitz2015YoungLeadershipCo-Chair 38 FOURTH ANNUAL PING PONG SOCIAL The Lissner Family Harriet AbramsonMasha Pearl Council Member Espinal Gia Machlin Michael Lissner Masha Pearl Jon Harari Milana Baazov Lauren Meyerowitz GuestsShanee Goss and guest Council Member Espinal Event co-chairs Eliese Lissner and Lauren Meyerowitz Harriet Abramson Council Member Espinal Gia Machlin Masha Pearl Michael Elkin Gia Machlin Eleanor Rubin and Leah Rubin Michael Riegel 39 FOURTH ANNUAL PING PONG SOCIAL Auction itemsGuests Auction Table Guests Guest Guests Guests Jamie Rezny and Aaron Rezny Guests GOLD GOLD Honoring Le Chambon because its the right thing to do. Proud to support The Blue Card for its work continuing to aid Holocaust survivors. Harriet Abramson 40 GOLD GOLD Congratulations to our Honorees In memory of Harold Berkowitz and Rita Berkowitz Amy and Louis Berkowitz 41 GOLD GOLD In support of the important time-sensitive work of The Blue Card helping needy Holocaust survivors to live with dignity and support The Bilski Family Mark Tracey Amanda Meredith and Charlotte 42 GOLD GOLD The Blue Card Board of Directors congratulates Professor Elie Wiesel on receiving The Richard C. Holbrooke Award for Social Justice 43 GOLD GOLD Congratulations to Sara Wolfensohn on this much deserved award. Many years ago you encouraged your family and many others to help address the needs of Holocaust survivors. We thank you and honor you for your profound insight and understanding. From the Botwinick and the Wolfensohn families. 44 GOLD GOLD In loving memory of our parents grandparents and great grandparents Lotte and Max Heine Doris and Hans Karin Peggy and Jared Michael and Cristina Judy and Steve David and Ruchira Daniel Jordan and Ali Adam Allison Zachary Max Lina Jacob and Priyanka 45 GOLD GOLD We are honored to recognize leadership commitment and impact of Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity and Henry Schein Cares The Heine Grunwald and Klein Families 46 GOLD GOLD together with our partner Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity is honored to receive the 2015 Max L. Heine Humanitarian Award for our work to improve the quality of life and overall health of Holocaust survivors in need. We pay tribute to the Blue Card and our fellow distinguished honorees for their commitment to improve the lives of Holocaust survivors. 47 GOLD GOLD In Honor of The Blue Card. Your cause is the most noble and unfortunately needed. You perform your task with utmost respect and dignity. We congratulate the hard working staff of The Blue Card. Congratulations to the extraordinary honorees Professor Elie Wiesel Sara Wolfensohn Alpha Omega Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program Rachel Rosenberg Arie Elaine Hochberg 48 GOLD GOLD Congratulations to Sara and to the Wolfensohn Family Foundation for all the tremendous good that you do both as people and as leaders Dina and Marshall Huebner 49 GOLD GOLD Mazel tov Rachel Your dedication and commitment reflects so well the person you are becoming. Love Mom Dad Hannah and Sarah And G-d will bless all who faithfully occupy themselves with the needs of the community. Shabbat Siddur 50 GOLD GOLD The Shillman Foundation and Robert J. Doctor Bob and Mao Shillman express their heartfelt appreciation to Elie Rubinstein and the staff of The Blue Card for their continued and unwavering efforts to assist needy Jewish survivors of the Holocaust Robert J. Shillman Doctor Bob Mao Shillman 51 srreview.whitecase.com As a pioneering international law rm we help our clients achieve their ambitions across the worlds developed and emerging markets. Applause admiration White Case applauds tonights distinguished honorees and dinner co-chairs Patti Lenkov and Amy Zemser and is proud to support the extraordinary work of The Blue Card GOLD GOLD 52 SIL V ER SIL V ER Mazel Tov to The Blue Card on an amazing event and for all the important and wonderful work that you do. Patti Lenkov 53 SIL V ER SIL V ER Congratulations to Professor Elie Wiesel 2015 Recipient of the Richard C. Holbrooke Award for Social Justice Brahman Capital Corp. 54 SIL V ER SIL V ER Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York is proud to support The Blue Card in its work on behalf of the Jewish community 55 SIL V ER SIL V ER Congratulations and Mazel Tov to our dedicated Board of Directors and staff. We thank our wonderful honorees Professor Elie Wiesel Rachel Rosenberg the Alpha Omega Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program and Sara Wolfensohn From the Lissner Family 56 SIL V ER SIL V ER Milbank.com BEIJING FRANKFURT HONG KONG LONDON LOS ANGELES MUNICH NEWYORK SO PAULO SEOUL SINGAPORE TOKYO WASHINGTON DC We proudly support The Blue Card organization and its honorable mission to support Holocaust survivors in need 57 SIL V ER SIL V ER In honor of Professor Elie Wiesel and presenter Michael Douglas for inspiring us all to bring about change and to make the world a better place. Richard and Heidi Rieger 58 SIL V ER SIL V ER The Scheinfelds are proud to contribute to The Blue Card Larry and Jane Scheinfeld 59 BRO NZ E BRO NZ E Congratulations. We are pleased to support The Blue Card and congratulate tonights honorees Professor Elie Wiesel the Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program Sara Wolfensohn and Rachel Rosenberg. Cravath Swaine Moore LLP 60 BRO NZ E BRO NZ E davispolk.com 2013 Davis Polk Wardwell LLP New York Menlo Park Washington DC So Paulo London Paris Madrid Tokyo Beijing Hong Kong Davis Polk is proud to support The Blue Card in its vital mission to help Holocaust survivors in need. 61 62 BRO NZ E BRO NZ E 62 For Sara Wolfensohn Best wishes and with admiration The Dannenbergs BRO NZ E BRO NZ E An honor well deserved Elie. Michael Douglas 63 64 BRO NZ E BRO NZ E The Blue Card Annual Benefit Dinner Latham Watkins is proud to support and its We join in recognizing tonights honorees for their unwavering advocacy for Holocaust survivors. Abu Dhabi Barcelona Beijing Boston Brussels Century City Chicago Dubai LW.com In association with the Law Office of Salman M. 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Best wishes Gia Machlin and Corey Sclar 66 BRO NZ E BRO NZ E With Gratitude to The Blue Card for its Life-Affirming and Life-Saving Work with Indigent Holocaust Survivors And In Honor of the Lives and Memories of Jakob Mogilnik zl 2006 Gita Mogilnik zl 2001 Sara Mogilnik zl 1996 David Mogilnik zl 1975 Asna Rodwogen Mogilnik Beryl Mogilnik Sonia Mogilnik Hershele Mogilnik age 4 Shepshele Mogilnik age 2 Murdered at Ponar 1943 zl Rachmiel Mogilnik Murdered at Majdanek zl Zalman Mogilnik Time and Place of Death Unknown zl Leib Mogilnik Family Murdered in Vilna Date Unknown zl Nina Beth Mogilnik daughter of Jakob Mogilnik Leonard David Gold Samuel Louis Gold Noah Michael Gold Ariel Faith Gold 67 BRO NZ E BRO NZ E Joshua Pearl A proud supporter of The Blue Card In memory of my paternal grandfather enslaved at Mauthausen and my grandmother who escaped death numerous times at Auschwitz. Most of their relatives did not survive. 68 BRO NZ E BRO NZ E In honor of making our children aware -The Trakman Family 69 BRO NZ E BRO NZ E Skadden is proud to support The Blue Card and congratulates all of tonights honorees. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher Flom LLP and Afliates Beijing Boston Brussels Chicago Frankfurt Hong Kong Houston London Los Angeles Moscow Munich New York Palo Alto Paris So Paulo Seoul Shanghai Singapore Sydney Tokyo Toronto Washington D.C. Wilmington skadden.com 70 71 With warm wishes to the outstanding staff of Blue Card. Wishing you to reach new heights of success in helping the ones in need. A to Z Pharmacy 72 WE ARE SO GLAD THE BLUE CARD IS PART OF THE ALPHA OMEGA HENRY SCHEIN CARES HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS ORAL HEALTH PROGRAM 73 We are pleased to support the good work of The Blue Card in providing Holocaust survivors with emergency response systems. These individuals maintain their dignity through independence knowing that by just pushing a button emergency assistance in on the way. Amcest is a nationwide provider of personal response systems owned and operated by the Rosenfeld family since 1975. Amcest 1017 Walnut Street 1-800-631-7370 74 Congratulations to the honorees and to Jane and Larry Scheinfeld for all of the great work they do for The Blue Card. Lynn Bayard 75 Lets keep achieving victories over destiny Alpha Omega Henry Schein Blue Card Dr. Allen Finkelstein 76 As always best wishes to The Blue Card for continued success. Elizabeth Bergstein 77 78 Brookside Mezzanine Partners Mgmt LLC Salutes the work of The Blue Card 79 Proud to support The Blue Card 80 On behalf of the Russian-speaking Jewish community of New York COJECO would like to congratulate The Blue Card on your exemplary work To learn more about COJECO please visit www.cojeco.org 81 Congratulations to this years honorees Ana Fialkoff-Cohen D.D.S. Ira J. Cohen D.D.S. General Dentistry Cosmetic Dentistry Dental Implants 180-11 Union Turnpike Utopia Estates NY 11366 718 969-1010 82 Congregation Rodeph Sholom congratulates Professor Elie Wiesel on receiving The Richard C. Holbrooke Award for Social Justice and is proud to support the work of The Blue Card 83 Technology Enabled Transaction Banking 187755CRB55 crossriverbank.com Copyright 2015 Cross River Bank of New Jersey All Rights Reserved Member FDIC Equal Housing LenderCopyright 2015 Cross River Bank of New Jersey All Rights Reserved Member FDIC Equal Housing Lender Third Party Payment Processing ACH and IAT processing Real time payments Wire transfer automation Crowd funding management Sub accounts processing Marketplace Lending Debt consolidation Debt settlement Home improvement Solar energy loans Small business lending Residential and CRE Cross River Bank combines banking and technology expertise with a regulatory compliance framework and personal customer service to build efficiencies for our business partners. 84 Congratulations to The Blue Card for their great work Madeline Thomas Elghanayan 85 In recognition of Masha Pearl and the amazing Blue Card staff Gregory Tatyana Girshin 86 We applaud the wonderful life-affirming work done by The Blue Card organization and congratulate all the honorees for their commitment and dedication. Madelaine Haberman and Michael Sprung 87 We salute all of the kind and dedicated people at The Blue Card. You help us reach so many and find smart impactful ways to improve lives. To all of the honorees Professor Elie Wiesel Sara Wolfensohn The Alpha Omega Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program and Rachel Rosenberg you do amazing work. It is so good to have you a part of this. I dedicate this in memory of my father Vitaly Raevsky great father scientist philanthropist human being and a survivor of Nazi persecution. With gratitude to Deutsche Bank for their support of The Blue Cards mission. Ort and Alex Hodarkovsky 88 89 For Irene Hizme Continually awed by your strength faith achievements optimism and courage. Ellie Heller 90 to all the honorees of the 2015 Blue Card Gala. Thank you to the Alpha Omega team for joining us in enhancing the quality of life for Holocaust survivors in need through the Alpha OmegaHenry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivor Oral Health Program. Congratulations 91 Congratulations to this years honorees 92 Congratulations to all of the honorees. Special thanks to Masha Pearl and all of the remarkable staff at Blue Card. Hillel at Baruch College at Baruch College 93 Hillel at Brandeis is proud to support The Blue Card and congratulates the honorees and the staff for their commitment and dedication Hillel at Brandeis University provides a rich and vibrant Jewish life on campus cultivating multiple venues for participation and involvement. Students develop a sense of commitment and responsibility to others through experiences that foster social action leadership and religious spiritual cultural and artistic expression. For more information please visit www.brandeishillel.org 94 In honor of The Blue Card organization and its dedicated staff who work so tirelessly to improve the lives of survivors we congratulate this years Gala Honorees Professor Elie Wiesel Sara Wolfensohn and Rachel Rosenberg. Susan Steven Jacobson 95 Jerusalem Marathon salutes its charity partner The Blue Card 96 To all the wonderful staff at The Blue Card who make it possible for our survivors to live with dignity and kindness. Leora Kahn and Nathan Kravis 97 In Honor of Masha Pearl You make the world a better place for so many people. May you and your family be blessed with health happiness and prosperity. With love and admiration Wendy and David Kerdell 98 Proud to support The Blue Card. After all survivors have been through it is our privilege to help. Ronnit and Michael Kessler 99 In Honor of My Father Naftali Ben Zvi Hersch OH When the Russians took over his town in Galicia they occupied the town Mikvah closing it down. Women would walk miles to the closest ritual bath. My dad made shoes for the officers at the Mikvah Building and befriended them. After gaining their trust he convinced them to reopen the Mikvah. That night the town Rabbi knocked at the door around midnight. He told his father Zvi Hersch for what Naftali did he will be blessed. My dad survived one of two that did from his large family. But his name carries on on October 26 2015 a grandson was named after him. We feel the blessing continues by being able to do whatever we can in working with this worthy organization. It is a blessing to the giver and the receiver of Blue Cards efforts. With Great Admiration and Appreciation Nan and Harold Klein Founders of TeleTime Video 100 eaders in Luxury Kosher Travel for More Than a Quarter CenturyL PASSOVER 2016 AT THE CLASSIC TURNBERRY ISLE MIAMI Call for Information and Reservations 1-855-415-4040 LaskoGetaways.com RESERVE EARLY FOR BEST PRICE AVAILABILITY Spacious Guestrooms Suites All with Private Terraces Ashkenaz Sephardic Minyanim Two Magnificent Pools Lazy River Water Slide Award-Winning Wellness Spa Salon Fitness Center Two Championship Golf Courses Tennis Center Three Gourmet Meals Scrumptious Tea Room Daily Poolside BBQ Incomparable Complimentary Day Camp Infant Care Programs Exclusive Step It Up Teen Program Expanded Adult Activities Inspiring Scholars-in-Residence Fully Accredited CME Program ENTIRE RESORT RESERVED FOR LASKO GETAWAYS PASSOVER GUESTS 101 The Liebling Family 102 Congratulations to Professor Elie Wiesel And this years Honorees In memory of my mother Gloria Babyatsky a Holocaust survivor and my brother Mark Babyatsky a former board member of The Blue Card who was dedicated to Holocaust survivors. Linda Craig Tyler and Alexandra Meltzer 103 Thank you for ensuring that victims of the Holocaust are not forgotten. Debra Warren and Zachary Nachlis 104 We salute and give praise to Blue Cards continuous contributions and efforts In proud support The Niki Group Real Estate Investments 11260 El Camino Real Suite 220 San Diego California 92130 858 546-1562 105 New York Foundation for Eldercare is pleased to support The Blue Card and congratulates this years Honorees Professor Elie Wiesel Sara Wolfensohn Alpha Omega Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program Rachel Rosenberg Michael Tietz Tanya Figelman President Executive Director 106 We congratulate the extraordinary Irene Hizme for her outstanding commitment to The Blue Card and for making the world a better place for all of us. Zeva Oelbaum and John Reichman 107 Full page 10.19.2015 Revised With Deep Respect and Admiration for the Vital Work Provided by The Blue Card 32 You shall rise before the aged and show deference to the old Leviticus 1932 108 In recognition of the amazing work of Elie Wiesel over the years and in appreciation of Masha Pearl for all her hard work and dedication to The Blue Card. Nancy and Allan Pearl 109 Full page 10.20.2015 CONGRATULATIONS RACHEL YOU MAKE OUR WHOLE FAMILY PROUD WE LOVE YOU THE ROSENBERG FAMILY 110 Aaron Rezny and Jordan Schaps are proud to donate a portion of the sales to The Blue Card which does important work for Holocaust survivors. 111 In honor of Professor Elie Wiesel Sara Wolfensohn Alpha Omega Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program Rachel Rosenberg Happy to support our Executive Director Masha Pearl who goes above and beyond the call of duty. Inessa and Elie Rubinstein 112 Seed The Dream Foundation Marcy Gringlas and Joel Greenberg are proud to support the important work of The Blue Card Inc. and congratulate Professor Elie Wiesel Sara Wolfensohn and Rachel Rosenberg for their commitment to remember honor and assist the survivors of the Holocaust 113 With Gratitude to Elie Wiesel for Keeping Memory Alive Minna Mark Seitelman Seitelman.com 114 In celebration of our cherished grandchildren Talia Rose Sclar and Benjamin Burke OBrien on the occasion of their up coming bat and bar mitzvah LDor VDor We love you and are so proud of you. Grandma Bevy and Grandma Sarah and Grandma Nancy and Grandpa Elliott 115 I wondered why somebody didnt do something. Then I realized I am somebody. -Author Unknown In Honor of Amy Zemsers great work for the Blue Card Fund Love The Shaid Families 116 Thank you to all those who participate in the good works of The Blue Card and Congratulations to the 2015 Honorees Tamar Jonathan Koifman Matan Shamir and Kerin Shamir 117 Congratulations Sara Wolfensohn on this well deserved honor. Yasher Koach Ossie and Doug Spector 118 119 In preparation for a new special exhibition on Americans and the Holocaustto open in conjunction with the Museums 25th anniversary in 2018we are currently seeking artifacts from survivors or their descendants as well as liberators and other eyewitnesses who have lived in the United States. If you have material to donate please assist the Museum in its mission to rescue the evidence of the Holocaust by contacting Suzy Snyder Curator Art and Artifacts United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW Washington DC 20024-2126 202.488.0430 ssnyderushmm.org Photo Jewish refugee children wave at the Statue of Liberty as the SS President Harding steams into New York harbor 1939. US Holocaust Memorial Museum 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW Washington DC 20024-2126 ushmm.orgcampaign 120 Thank you to our dear colleagues Barry David Steve and the entire Town Country Dental LabTeam for providing dentures where applicable to all of the Holocaust survivors being served by this great program. Zahn Dental Rita Acquafredda Vice President General Manager 121 Boris Savchuk Virtuoso Violinist borisviolin.com We are so pleased to acknowledge Blue Cards tremendous dedication and hard work on behalf of all Holocaust survivors. It is a privilege to contribute to this incredible organization and feel part of it. Viviane Arnold Breitbart Marcelle 122 Kol Hakavod to Rachel Rosenberg on receiving the Blue Card Young Leadership Award Were so very proud of you and your accomplishments Congregation Bnai Israel Bridgeport CT Rabbi James Prosnit Rabbi Evan Schultz Countless Kudos. We proudly support The Blue Card and are pleased to congratulate the 2015 honorees. Newmark Holdings 123 Rachel You inspire me with your acts of kindness and endless number of good deeds. I am so proud to be your uncle. Much Love Paul Rosenberg In fond memory of David Heller Albert Wojnilower 124 In honor and memory of Pastor Andre Trocme Magda Trocme Pastor Edouard Theis all the villages in and around Le Chambon Sur Lignon and on the Vivarais Lignon Plateau. Blessed art those who opened up their homes and hearts. Jerry Daniels Memoria Inc. Foundation Farrell Fritz proudly supports The Blue Card Annual Dinner 1320 RXR Plaza Uniondale NY 11556-1320 516.227.0700 I www.farrellfritz.com 125 Congratulations to The Blue Card and the 2015 Honorees Beth and Nathan Greenbaum Mazel Tov to Rachel Rosenberg for this well-deserved award. Wishing her all the best in all her future endeavors. Much love from your friends and admirers at the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut JFACT Congratulations to all the award recipients. Myron and Carol Dworken 126 Stanley G. Tate Tate Enterprises Morton and Ava Strauss Barbara Brown Susan Scharf Glick Paul Green Cantor Rebecca Garfein Ileen Schoenfeld Mark and Coralie Solasz in honor of Rene Slotkin Renee Greenfield Gerson Kenneth Gold and Cheryl Mathieu Ruth B. Toff Carol and Peter Strauss Dr. Barbara Paris Wendi Trilling Sidney and Ruth Bresler Martin Jay and Catherine Gallagher Elaina Merlis Michael A. Blumenthal Beth Ann Ditkoff Nina Charnoff Honorable and Mrs. Henry S. 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Angelo Hugo Freund David Guthrie Dr. Silvia Marx NAME LISTING 127 THE BLUE CARD 2014 GALA Gia Machlin Eve Stieglitz Harriet Abramson Leora Kahn Mimi Lieber Amy and Scott Zemser with Orit and Alex Hodarkovsky Mimi Lieber Danny Burstein Gia Machlin Dr. Ruth Team Blue Card runnersMasha Pearl Elie Rubinstein Gia Machlin Mimi Lieber Irene Hizme Leora Kahn Ambassador Thomas PickeringIrene Filo Paula Seefeldt Masha Pearl Dr. Ruth Danny Burstein Emily Kessler Gia Machlin Amanda Bilski and Heidi Rieger The Bilski FamilyBarbara Lissner and Guest 128 David Wrobel with Guest Blue Cards work Corey Sclar Nancy Aries Elliot Sclar Heidi Rieger with GuestsMark Amanda and Tracey Bilski Team Blue Card runner Yair Saperstein and Irene Hizme Irene Filo and Paula Seefeldt Margot Steinberg Denise Benmosche Zeva Oelbaum Emily KesslerArie Hochberg Brian Sliwinski Peter Izzo with Guest 129129 130 S and J Foundation acknowledges that The Blue Card makes a difference in many lives. The late Boris Lurie Gertrude Stein Anthony Williams Esq. BENEFIT CO-CHAIRS Patricia Lenkov Amy Zemser BENEFIT COMMITTEE Harriet Abramson Jonathan Alter Natalie Berkowitz Mark Bilski Sharon Cohen Allen Finkelstein DDS Peggy Heine Klein Arie Hochberg Orit Hodarkovsky Benjamin Jaffe Leora Kahn Shirley Kennedy Steven Kess Mimi Lieber Shoshanna Lonstein PRESIDENT Gia Machlin CHAIRMAN Michael D. Lissner VICE CHAIRMAN Orit Hodarkovsky FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Elie Rubinstein VICE PRESIDENTS Harriet Abramson Frank Harris David Wrobel VICE PRESIDENT TREASURER Arie Hochberg SECRETARY Patricia Lenkov ASSISTANT SECRETARY Erika Teutsch PRESIDENTS EMERITI Mark Bilski Leora Kahn Mimi Lieber Board List and Young Leadership Committee Benefit Committee DIRECTORS Jonathan Alter Elizabeth Bergstein Louis Berkowitz Sharon Cohen Ronald Elton Peter Friedmann Peggy Heine Elinor Heller Susan Jacobson Benjamin Jaffe Helen Kober Lini Lipton Zeva Oelbaum Heidi Rieger Elizabeth Shamir Eve Stieglitz Caron Trakman HONORARY DIRECTORS Berthold Bilski Seth Glickenhaus Charles Grodin Max Liebmann Eric Mayer Doris Schechter Albert Wojnilower EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Masha Pearl YOUNG LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE Emily Ashman Amanda Bilski Meredith Bilski Ilene Frankel Rimma Geyman Shanee Goss Sara Greenberg Jon Harari Eliese Lissner Temmi Merlis Lauren Meyerowitz Michael Riegel Samuel Rubinstein Mariya Tuchinskaya David Wiesel Neil Yasnogorodsky Zach Lonstein Gia Machlin Kati Marton Linda Meltzer Nina Mogilnik Zeva Oelbaum Samuel Rosenberg Elie Rubinstein Jane Scheinfeld Larry Scheinfeld