Honoring moral courage at the Holocaust Museum Houston Moral Courage Award Dinner.
Holocaust Museum Houston seeks to build a more humane society by promoting responsible individual behavior, cultivating civility and pursuing social justice. Part of this is rewarding those who work to make the world a better place and who fight injustices in society. One example of this are the acts of a young Congressman back in 1938, Lyndon Baines Johnson, who 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 Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award in his honor.
For the past 25 years, Holocaust Museum Houston has bestowed their LBJ Moral Courage Award to individuals and organizations who exemplify the Museum’s mission of education, action, and respect. Their vital work has created a better society by helping millions of people, both locally and globally. This year, the Museum is honoring two very deserving organizations with the Moral Courage Award, HIAS, and BakerRipley.
Founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in 1881 to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe, HIAS is the world’s oldest refugee resettlement organization committed to protecting refugees and asylum seekers whose lives are in danger for being who they are. HIAS has touched the lives of nearly every Jewish family in America and today assists vulnerable refugees in countries around the world.
As one of nine refugee resettlement agencies that partners with the U.S. government, HIAS leads advocacy for refugee rights and international protection. They provide free legal representation for vulnerable immigrants seeking asylum and other humanitarian protection in the United States. With international offices in various countries, HIAS helps meet the needs of refugees and displaced people by providing legal, psychological and livelihood services. Since its inception, HIAS has helped more than 4.5 million refugees and asylum seekers escape violence and persecution, rebuilding their lives in safety and with dignity.
BakerRipley (formerly Neighborhood Centers) is a nationally recognized Houston-based nonprofit that brings resources, education, and connection to nearly 600,000 children, youth, adults, and seniors across Greater Houston each year. They exist to keep this region a welcoming place of opportunity where everyone can earn, learn and belong.
Founded in 1907 in Houston’s Second Ward (today’s East End), BakerRipley has a 112-year reputation with a proven track record of responding to the growth and change in the Houston region. They are an international beacon for effectively welcoming and integrating newcomers. Today, BakerRipley is the largest community development organization in Texas, delivering holistic community-based services in the areas of immigration, workforce and career development, education, senior care, wellness, and community engagement. The organization works with residents in more than 60 service locations to help them discover the strengths and skills necessary to become productive, prosperous and self-sufficient.
VISION is proud of our long term relationship with Holocaust Museum Houston to help the Museum spread their message of hope and humanity through live event production and content creation. We are honored to champion their important work as a Production Partner for a better, more respectful world.
Live Event Production:
Holocaust Museum Houston’s LBJ Moral Courage Award Dinner is a star-studded affair that recognizes either a single righteous act or a lifetime of morally courageous behavior.
Around 900 people were on hand as Holocaust Museum Houston honored HIAS and BakerRipley at the 2019 LBJ Moral Courage Award Dinner. The event raised more than $1 million to support the museum’s ongoing educational programs that promote awareness of the dangers of hatred, prejudice, and apathy against the backdrop of the Holocaust.
VISION is delighted to be a part of making this event a success and helping the Museum honor these wonderful organizations—ensuring that their moral courage lives ON.