ADL Announces Golden Door Gala
Golden Door Gala Steering Committee members gather after first planning meeting. (Top row, L to R: Lecia Sud, Julie Franklin, Jennifer Greenblum, Tracy Solomon, Sherrie Frachtman, Audrey Maislin. Middle row, L to R: Marcia Levy, Valerie Newberg, Pamela Frager, Beth Sher. Bottom row, L to R: Nora Lieberman, Margo Smith). Courtesy ADL Austin
By Yael Brown
ADL Austin announced its annual event, the Golden Door Gala, an evening that unites members from across Austin’s diverse community.
Jennifer Greenblum, Beth Myler, Valerie Newberg, Tracy Solomon and Jessica Weaver are the event’s co-chairs, who are working diligently to make October 23 an incredible evening for all guests to enjoy.
“The Gala is both a celebration of our amazing honorees, as well as a tribute to all the amazing work ADL is doing in the Austin community,” said co-chair Jennifer Greenblum.
This year, the honorees are Robyn Sperling, receiving the Raymond and Audrey Maislin Humanitarian Award, and Edie Rogat and Cotter Cunningham, receiving the Torch of Liberty Award.
Sperling has served on the ADL board for more than 10 years, holding numerous leadership positions including chairman of the board and co-chair of both the education and governance committees. She also serves as an ADL National Commissioner. Additionally, Sperling has dedicated countless hours to Shalom Austin and played an important role in the initial fundraising effort for the Seton Breast Care Center.
Rogat and Cunningham focus their public service on education and families, advocating for equity and access for all. Together, they support and serve Literacy First, KIPP, St. Andrew’s financial aid program and Ballet Austin’s initiative to bring area children to see the Nutcracker each year.
“This year’s honorees are incredible, not only because of their contributions to the community, but also because their values align with ADL’s values of equity and fairness for everyone,” said co-chair Val Newberg.
The evening’s keynote speaker is Christian Picciolini, an award-winning television producer, public speaker, author, peace advocate and a former violent extremist.
After leaving the hate movement he helped create during his youth, Picciolini dedicated his life to helping others overcome hate through such organizations as Life After Hate and ExitUSA. He now leads the Free Radicals Project, a global extremism prevention and disengagement platform, helping people exit hate movements and other violent ideologies. He has spoken all over the world, including on the TEDx stage, sharing his unique and extensive knowledge, teaching all who are willing to learn about building greater peace through empathy and compassion.
Join ADL Austin at JW Marriott Tuesday October 23, to celebrate ADL’s 105 years of fighting to uphold the highest ideals of our country, and securing justice and fair treatment for all.
For more information about this event, visit www.adl.org/goldendoorgala or call the ADL Austin office at 512-249-7960.