Holocaust Museum Houston presents Guardian of the Human Spirit Luncheon

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John Quiñones
John Quiñones Photo courtesy of American Program Bureau

Each year, the Guardian of the Human Spirit Luncheon raises essential funds supporting Holocaust and Human Rights education for students, teachers, members and the public.

The 2021 Guardian of the Human Spirit Luncheon will honor Punkin and Walter Hecht, longtime patrons and one of the Museum’s founding supporters. As a couple and independently, they have championed many community causes. Beyond HMH, their service extends to the broader community, where they have both served on the Board of Trustees at Seven Acres and as board members, executive officers or volunteers for a variety of organizations including Congregation Beth Israel, the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, Jewish Institute of Medical Research and the National Council of Jewish Women.

The luncheon will feature special guest speaker, John Quiñones, an ABC news correspondent and creator and host of the hidden camera ethical dilemma newsmagazine What Would You Do?, now in its 14th season. A lifetime of “never taking no for an answer” took Quiñones from migrant farm work and poverty to ABC News and the anchor desk at 20/20 and Primetime. A pioneer with a news career spanning 35 years, his inspiring journey from a San Antonio barrio to network television delivers a powerful message of believing in one’s self, never giving up, and always, always doing the right thing. Quiñones is the author of two books, a recipient of seven Emmy Awards, and was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition and the Guerra Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Event Details



Hilton Americas-Houston
1600 Lamar St.
Houston, TX 77010