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5 Melanie Campbell, from left, Fabrizio Consiglio and Andi Roiz-Chambers at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
Melanie Campbell, from left, Fabrizio Consiglio and Andi Roiz-Chambers at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
18 Bill Morgan, left, and Marc Eichenbaum at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
Bill Morgan, left, and Marc Eichenbaum at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
6 Lori Shenker, from left, Sabra Elyse and Nami Liberboim at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
Lori Shenker, from left, Sabra Elyse and Nami Liberboim at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
2 Matthew Piskorz, from left, Ashleigh Schap, Anna Craft and Lucas Siegel at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
Matthew Piskorz, from left, Ashleigh Schap, Anna Craft and Lucas Siegel at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
1 Shannon Drehner, from left, Seth Gagliardi and Nate Tarlow at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
Shannon Drehner, from left, Seth Gagliardi and Nate Tarlow at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
3 Debra Gross and Albert Singer at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
Debra Gross and Albert Singer at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
4 Andrew Scott and Emily Carman at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
Andrew Scott and Emily Carman at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
8 Brian Carrier, from left, Laura Espinoza, Diana Dao and David Dice at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
Brian Carrier, from left, Laura Espinoza, Diana Dao and David Dice at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
9 Jodi and Michael Rubenstein at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
Jodi and Michael Rubenstein at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
22 Brittany Sakowitz, left, and Jessica Hart at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
Brittany Sakowitz, left, and Jessica Hart at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
11 Laurie Sylvester, left, and Julie Rubenstein at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
Laurie Sylvester, left, and Julie Rubenstein at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
12 Rachel Katz, left, and Maegan Greenberg at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
Rachel Katz, left, and Maegan Greenberg at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
16 Philip Morgan, from left, Bill Morgan, Erin Finger and Steve Zimmerman at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
Philip Morgan, from left, Bill Morgan, Erin Finger and Steve Zimmerman at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
23 Mark Zimmerman, left, and Eugene Tunitzky at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
Mark Zimmerman, left, and Eugene Tunitzky at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
17 Lindsay Grossman, from left, Tracy Leibovitz and Tracey Keegan at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
Lindsay Grossman, from left, Tracy Leibovitz and Tracey Keegan at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
19 Michael Long and Jennifer Graff at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
Michael Long and Jennifer Graff at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
21 Eliza Wright, left, and Lee Mimms at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
Eliza Wright, left, and Lee Mimms at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
20 Jaime Acosta and Dawn Gillespie at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
Jaime Acosta and Dawn Gillespie at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
5 Melanie Campbell, from left, Fabrizio Consiglio and Andi Roiz-Chambers at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
18 Bill Morgan, left, and Marc Eichenbaum at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
6 Lori Shenker, from left, Sabra Elyse and Nami Liberboim at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
2 Matthew Piskorz, from left, Ashleigh Schap, Anna Craft and Lucas Siegel at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
1 Shannon Drehner, from left, Seth Gagliardi and Nate Tarlow at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
3 Debra Gross and Albert Singer at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
4 Andrew Scott and Emily Carman at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
8 Brian Carrier, from left, Laura Espinoza, Diana Dao and David Dice at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
9 Jodi and Michael Rubenstein at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
22 Brittany Sakowitz, left, and Jessica Hart at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
11 Laurie Sylvester, left, and Julie Rubenstein at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
12 Rachel Katz, left, and Maegan Greenberg at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
16 Philip Morgan, from left, Bill Morgan, Erin Finger and Steve Zimmerman at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
23 Mark Zimmerman, left, and Eugene Tunitzky at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
17 Lindsay Grossman, from left, Tracy Leibovitz and Tracey Keegan at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
19 Michael Long and Jennifer Graff at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
21 Eliza Wright, left, and Lee Mimms at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013
20 Jaime Acosta and Dawn Gillespie at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation Young Professionals kickoff party November 2013

When real estate mogul Bill Morgan shares his personal story of how he escaped the Stanislawow ghetto in Poland to eventually find safe passage to Iowa and then Houston, he says that he was born at the wrong time, in the wrong place and of the wrong religion.

Morgan, who turned strife into a lifelong mission to expunge hate, prejudice and apathy wherever he can, was the honored guest of the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation young professionals kickoff gathering at Ciao Bello Wednesday. His presence roused a record crowd of more than 225 for this emerging throng of good Samaritans who're following in Morgan's footsteps as they carry his message of love, respect and inclusion — no matter the race, religion or background.

Leading the charge for this event was attorney Marc Eichenbaum, who alongside his steady, Jennifer Graff, welcomed the Holocaust survivor and author of Living Longer Than Hate with the help of an influential host committee that included, among many, David Janco, Adrienne Saxe, Meghan Miller, Ben Proler, Rebecca Putterman, Eliza Wright plus Brittany Sakowitz and Kevin Kushner.

Ciao Bello responded in kind by sponsoring passed hors d'oeuvres and wine. Endless trays of flatbread pizzas, meatballs, ravioli and antipasto skewers pleased the talkative group as membership numbers soared ahead of the Guardian of the Human Spirit Luncheon on Nov. 18 honoring Morgan and Murry Bowden.

Seen on the scene were Cory Powell, Rachel and Daniel Fein, Lori Shenker, Chris Brown, Jay Zeidman, Jodi and Michael Rubenstein, Philip Morgan, Erin Finger, Jaime Acosta, Lee Mimms, Jessica Hart, Mark Zimmerman and director of board services Dawn Gillespie.

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