ADL Austin Wraps Up 2017 With Golden Door Gala and Gilded Social
BY YAEL BROWN
The Anti-Defamation League of Austin hosted its first Golden Door Gala and Gilded Social at the Four Seasons downtown Dec. 2. ADL Austin plans to hold the event annually.
ADL Austin honored Colette Pierce Burnette with the Community Hero Award and Diane Land and Mayor Steve Adler with the Raymond and Audrey Maislin Humanitarian Award. Khizr Khan, Gold Star Father and champion of the U.S. Constitution, served as keynote.
The evening was filled with inspirational stories of ADL Austin’s local impact.
Heather Beckel Lucke, Judy Berkowitz and Robyn Sperling served as Gala co-chairs, and Jared Culp and Daniel Iken served as Gilded co-chairs.
Before entering the ballroom, attendees enjoyed the Interactive Hall, which featured an identity tapestry sponsored by Bumble, an audio station featuring No Place For Hate students recording their experiences, and a Civil Rights slide show highlighting ADL’s commitment to social justice throughout history.
The main feature, however, was the custom, six-piece neon art display crafted by artist John Anderson. The largest piece, Lady Liberty’s face, was surrounded by five words, each piece in a different color. These words represent the Anti-Defamation League’s values – equality, respect, diversity, justice and love. These concepts symbolize aspects of a world without hate, the ideal that ADL strives for every day.
The program kicked off with a performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” by the Ransom Notes, the University of Texas at Austin’s a capella group. The honorees – Colette Pierce Burnette of Huston-Tillotson University, Mayor Steve Adler, and Diane Land – spoke of their experiences in Austin and the importance of building an inclusive community free of hate.
Keynote speaker Khizr Khan reminded the attendees of the importance of civility and dignity in our society, and how as a country we cannot overlook our American values as outlined in the Constitution.
Dinner was followed by Gilded, A True Colors Event. In addition to the Interactive Hall, guests enjoyed a live performance by Austin musician Tameca Jones. The rest of the night was spent enjoying the beautiful weather and celebrating Austin’s diverse community.
ADL Austin leaders plan to continue to work toward making the world a more inclusive place in 2018, and hope all attendees felt the impact of inclusive community on the night of Dec. 2. ■
For more information on how you can get involved with ADL Austin, visit austin.adl.org or call 512-249-7960.