ADL Austin Hosts Golden Door Awards Dinner

ADL Austin Hosts Golden Door Awards Dinner

Left: ADL will present this year’s Torch of Liberty Award to Amy and Joshua Baer at the Golden Door Awards Dinner Oct. 29. Right: Cristina Tzintzún is ADL's 2019 Community Hero Award Honoree. Photos courtesy of ADL.

By Yael Brown

ADL Austin is hosting its 2019 Golden Door Awards Dinner at the JW Marriott Tuesday, Oct. 29.

The Golden Door Awards Dinner is ADL Austin’s annual event. A special evening that unites members from across Austin’s diverse community, the event celebrates ADL’s 106 years of fighting to uphold the highest ideals of the United States and securing justice and fair treatment for all.

The evening begins with a VIP cocktail reception where major donors are invited to meet and greet the evening’s honorees and keynote speaker, then transitions to the cocktail reception, followed by dinner. During dinner, the Torch of Liberty Award and Community Hero Award will be presented, and guests will hear from a keynote speaker.

This year’s Torch of Liberty Award is presented to Amy and Joshua Baer, who lead equity initiatives in Austin’s bustling tech community. Amy and Joshua Baer exemplify the goal of the 2019 Torch of Liberty Award, to acknowledge dedication to shared values of creating and celebrating diversity and building respectful communities.

As the founder and CEO of Capital Factory, Josh was an early Austin technology industry leader speaking against proposed legislation discriminating against LGBTQ+ Texans. He, Amy and Capital Factory have invested significant time and money attracting and incubating businesses founded by women, minority and LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. Amy is especially supportive of programs helping high-risk children break the cycle of poverty and fighting hate in schools and on social media.

The 2019 Community Hero Award Honoree is Cristina Tzintzún, a prominent civil rights leader in Texas. She was named Hero of the New South by Southern Living Magazine and her work has been featured on NPR, Vogue, The New York Times, MTV, USA Today, Univision, MSNBC’s Up Late with Alec Baldwin and others. She is also a JM Kaplin Innovation Prize winner and a Roddenberry award winner.

Tzintzún is the founder and executive director of Jolt, a Texas-wide organization that lifts up the voice, vote and issues impacting Latinos. Founded in 2016, Jolt seeks to win the nearly 11 million Latinos living in Texas the power and respect they deserve. Jolt’s work has reached tens of millions of Americans, mobilized thousands to action and built the leadership of young Latinos across Texas.

Tzintzún is an author on issues of race, gender and immigration, and she is the co-author of “Presente! Latino Immigrant Voices in the Struggle for Racial Justice” published by AK Press in 2014.

This year, the Golden Door Awards Dinner is co-chaired by Paula Baldwin and Lawton Cummings. Baldwin is a long-time ADL board member and attorney in Austin. Cummings is executive director of Austin100, a non-profit organization that supports Austin development that builds community. Together, they have led a stellar steering committee to plan the event this October.

For more information about the Golden Door Awards Dinner, visit www.adl.org/goldendoor2019 or call 512-249-7960. ■

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