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Holocaust Museum Houston honors Chinese and Japanese diplomats at $1.3 million dinner

Museum honors Chinese and Japanese diplomats at $1.3 million dinner

News, Shelby, Holocaust Museum dinner, May 2015, Jack and Nancy Dinerstein, Tracy and Brian Kapiloff
Dinner chairs Jack and Nancy Dinerstein, left, and co-chairs Tracy and Brian Kapiloff. Photos by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holocaust Museum dinner, May 2015, Li Qiangmin, Feng Shan Ho
Chinese Consul General Li Qiangmin, left, and Manli Ho. Photos by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holocaust Museum dinner, May 2015, Kelly J. Zuniga, Nancy Li
Museum executive director Kelly J. Zuniga, left, and dinner co-chair Nancy Li. Photos by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Power
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Albert and Dr. Anne Chao, Albert Chao, Y. Ping Sun, David Leebron
Albert and Anne Chao, left,  with Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron. Photo by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holocaust Museuc dinner, May 2015, Andrea White, Gail Klein, Regina Rogers, Cheryl Golub
Andrea White, from left, Gail Klein, Regina Rogers and Cheryl Golub. Photos by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Power
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Nozomu Takaoka, Madoka Sugihara, Michi Sugihara, Oriha Sugihara
Nozomu Takaoka, from left, Madoka Sugihara, Michi Sugihara and Oriha Sugihara. Photo by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Power
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Tracey Shappro, Terry Berry
Tracey Shappro, left, and Terry Berry. Photo by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Power
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Gail and Dr. Milton Klein
Gail and Dr. Milton Klein. Photo by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Power
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Sue and Lester Smith
Sue and Lester Smith. Photo by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Power
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, David Wuthrich, Beth Wolff
David Wuthrich and Beth Wolff. Photo by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Power
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Andrea White, Regina Rogers
Andrea White, left, and Regina Rogers. Photo by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holocaust Museum dinner, May 2015, Dr. Milton Klein, David Gerger
Dr. Milton Klein, left, and David Gerger.  Photos by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holocaust Museum dinner, May 2015, Naomi Warren
Holocaust survivor Naomi Warren. Photos by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holocaust Museum dinner, May 2015, Mike and Betty Tapick, Carol and Jim Frankel
Mike and Betty Tapick, left, with Carol and Jim Frankel. Photos by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Power
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Eric Blumrosen, Corey Powell
Eric Blumrosen, left, and Corey Powell. Photo by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Power
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Sarah Marks, Al Marks
Sarah and Al Marks. Photo by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Power
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Dr. Soner Tarim, Nancy Li
Dinner co-chairs Dr. Soner Tarim and Nancy Li. Photo by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Power
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Jodie Jiles, Amanda Edwards, Sonny Jiles, Susan Bischoff
Jodie Jiles, from left, Amanda Edwards, Sonny Jiles and Susan Bischoff. Photo by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Power
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Rosalyn and Barry Margolis
Rosalyn and Barry Margolis. Photo by Priscilla Dickson and Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holocaust Museum dinner, May 2015, Jack and Nancy Dinerstein, Tracy and Brian Kapiloff
News, Shelby, Holocaust Museum dinner, May 2015, Li Qiangmin, Feng Shan Ho
News, Shelby, Holocaust Museum dinner, May 2015, Kelly J. Zuniga, Nancy Li
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Albert and Dr. Anne Chao, Albert Chao, Y. Ping Sun, David Leebron
News, Shelby, Holocaust Museuc dinner, May 2015, Andrea White, Gail Klein, Regina Rogers, Cheryl Golub
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Nozomu Takaoka, Madoka Sugihara, Michi Sugihara, Oriha Sugihara
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Tracey Shappro, Terry Berry
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Gail and Dr. Milton Klein
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Sue and Lester Smith
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, David Wuthrich, Beth Wolff
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Andrea White, Regina Rogers
News, Shelby, Holocaust Museum dinner, May 2015, Dr. Milton Klein, David Gerger
News, Shelby, Holocaust Museum dinner, May 2015, Naomi Warren
News, Shelby, Holocaust Museum dinner, May 2015, Mike and Betty Tapick, Carol and Jim Frankel
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Eric Blumrosen, Corey Powell
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Sarah Marks, Al Marks
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Dr. Soner Tarim, Nancy Li
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Jodie Jiles, Amanda Edwards, Sonny Jiles, Susan Bischoff
Holocaust Museum Courage Award Dinner, May 2015, Rosalyn and Barry Margolis

Saluting Chinese and Japanese diplomats, Holocaust Museum Houston took a cultural turn to the Far East for the Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award dinner at the Hilton Americas-Houston. Red Chinese and Japanese lanterns, bamboo centerpieces and a number of guests in Asian attire set the visual tone of the evening.

Close to 1,000 museum supporters turned out for the fundraiser that included entertainment by a Chinese band, by student dancers from the Oriental Arts Education Center and by soloist Iris Wei.  Proceeds nudged $1.3 million for the museum. 

The prestigious honors were awarded posthumously to Dr. Feng Shan Ho of China and Chiune Sugihara of Japan. Honorary dinner chair Chinese Consul General Li Qiangmin presented Ho's award to the late doctor's daughter, Manli Ho, Chinese Consul General in Vienna. Japanese Consul General Nozomu Takaoka presented Sugihara's award to the late diplomat's granddaughter, Madoka Sugihara, vice consul general for Japan in Lithuania; his daughter-in-law Michi Sugihara; and great-granddaughter, Oriha Sugihara.

The gentlemen were recognized for their efforts during World War II to save thousands of European Jews by issuing visas despite orders to the contrary from their superiors. Both were later named "Righteous Among the Nations" by Yad Vashem in Israel.

Former New York Times reporter Ellen Rodman, co-author of the new book Pepper, Silk and Ivory: Amazing Stories About Jews and the Far East, was the evening's keynote speaker. 

Nancy and Jack Dinerstein chaired the event with co-chairs Nancy Li and Dr. Soner Tarim and Tracy and Brian Kapiloff.

Supporters included Sue and Lester Smith, Consul General of Israel Meir Shlomo, museum executive director Kelly Zuniga, Arthur Schechter, Gail and Dr. Milton Klein, Martine and Ricardo Weitz, Ginger Blanton, Eric Blumrosen, Heidi and David Gerger, Chris Kase, Mady and Ken Kades, Beth Wolff and Peter Berkowitz

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