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New York Times columnist delivers most thought-provoking luncheon speech ever

New York Times columnist delivers thought-provoking speech at luncheon

News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015,  David Brooks, Velva Levine, Fred Levine.
Guest speaker David Brooks with honorees Velva and Fred Levine at the Holocaust Museum Houston Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon. Photo by Gary Fountain
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Michael Goldberg, Carol Goldberg, Kelli Cohen Fein, Martin Fein Photo by Gary Fountain
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, Kelly Zuniga, Gail Klein
Kelly Zuniga, Gail Klein. Photo by Gary Fountain
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, Arthur Schechter, Lorraine Wulfe,Mayor Annise Parker, Barry Mandel.
 Arthur Schechter, Lorraine Wulfe, Mayor Annise Parker, Barry Mandel. Photo by Gary Fountain
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, Rabbi Roy Walter, Ellen Cohen
Rabbi Roy Walter, City Councilwoman Ellen Cohen. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, Harry Mach, Cora Sue Mach
Harry Mach, Cora Sue Mach. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, Gary Markowitz, Sunny Markowitz
Gary Markowitz, Sunny Markowitz. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, Melvyn Wolff, Cyvia Wolff
Melvyn Wolff, Cyvia Wolff. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015,  Rigo Flores, Araceli Flores.
Rigo Florees, Araceli Flores. Photo by Gary Fountain
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015,  GF_228 Lynn Gordon, Dr. Hy Penn.
Lynn Gordon, Dr. Hy Penn. Photo by Gary Fountain
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, Nancy Li, Dr. Soner Tarim
Nancy Li, Dr. Soner Tarim. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, Solomon Guefen, Ahava Guefen, Guillermo Guefen.
Solomon Guefen, Ahava Guefen, Guillermo Guefen. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, David and Jennifer Stockel.
 David and Jennifer Stockel. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, Gary Tinterow, Christopher Gardner
 Gary Tinterow, Christopher Gardner. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, Holocaust  useum luncheon, Nov. 2015,  GF_228 Richard Lowenstern, Cynthia Lowenstern
Richard Lowenstern, Cynthia Lowenstern. Photo by Wilson Parish
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Rachel Davis, Sandra Weiner. Photo by Gary Fountain
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015,  David Brooks, Velva Levine, Fred Levine.
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015,        Co-chairs Michael and Carol Goldberg, Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein.jp
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, Kelly Zuniga, Gail Klein
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, Arthur Schechter, Lorraine Wulfe,Mayor Annise Parker, Barry Mandel.
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, Rabbi Roy Walter, Ellen Cohen
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, Harry Mach, Cora Sue Mach
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, Gary Markowitz, Sunny Markowitz
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, Melvyn Wolff, Cyvia Wolff
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015,  Rigo Flores, Araceli Flores.
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015,  GF_228 Lynn Gordon, Dr. Hy Penn.
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, Nancy Li, Dr. Soner Tarim
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, Solomon Guefen, Ahava Guefen, Guillermo Guefen.
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, David and Jennifer Stockel.
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, Gary Tinterow, Christopher Gardner
News, Shelby, Holocaust  useum luncheon, Nov. 2015,  GF_228 Richard Lowenstern, Cynthia Lowenstern
News, Shelby, Holocaust museum luncheon, Nov. 2015, Rachel Davis and Sandra Weiner.jpg

The record crowd of 1,100 was held at rapt attention in the Hilton Americas-Houston ballroom as New York Times columnist David Brooks offered his profound and compelling observations on achieving a life well lived.

His keynote address at the Holocaust Museum Houston Guardian of the Human Spirit luncheon was based on his best-selling book The Road to Character.

The political and cultural commentator braced the audience for his thought-provoking presentation by repeating his oft-quoted mantra, "How to live a life of depth and meaning over success and achievement? One way to begin the journey is by asking yourself one simple, yet difficult, question, 'Am I living for my resumé or my eulogy?'"

Few, if any, left the ballroom untouched by his talk or unmoved by the luncheon program which honored Velva and Fred Levine for their personal humanity as well as for their years of support for the museum.

The highly-produced program, quite impressive for a luncheon, included videos on the museum's anti-bullying campaign carried out in local high schools and on the museum's Butterfly Project. Museum executive director Kelly Zuniga announced that the latter had reached its goal of creating 1.5 million butterflies in remembrance of the children who died during the Holocaust.

The program, for which Linda Lorelle served as emcee, included remarks by HMH board chair Gail Klein and introduction of the Levines by luncheon chairs Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein and presentation of the honor by fellow luncheon chairs Carol and Michael Goldberg. Their various efforts were rewarded with proceeds of $685,000.

Applauding the day were Rabbi Roy Walter, Mayor Annise Parker, Arthur Schechter, Ellen Cohen, Maryann and Jodie Hoffer, Danny David, Nancy Dinerstein, Fred Zeidman, Carol Sawyer, Cynthia and Richard Lowenstern, Barry Mandel, Heidi Vanderhider and Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff.