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Photography: Hung L. Truong

The Celebration

On Wednesday, April 12, 2023, Hallie Vanderhider welcomed 75 guests into her elegant home to share information with them about the upcoming annual Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) LBJ Moral Courage Award Dinner. Vanderhider is the honorary chair of the important event, the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, which will be held on May 11, 2023. Contributions will provide essential funding for Holocaust and human rights education and outreach.


The Story

While enjoying Vanderhider’s generous hospitality, participants were treated to a preview of what the black-and-white-themed black-tie affair would be.


The Moments

Touching remarks were delivered by HMH CEO, Kelly J. Zúñiga, and board chair, Barbara J. Herz. Dinner chairs, Fady Armanious and Bill Baldwin, along with host committee chairs, Stacy Soefer Gomar and Luis F. Gomar, led the planning of the upcoming dinner, which will honor Dr. Peter Hotez and Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi. Hotez and Bottazzi serve as Co-Directors of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital and Dean  and Associate Dean, respectively, of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. The evening will conclude with an uplifting performance by award-winning actress and singer Vanessa Williams.


Guests: Donna and Norman Lewis, Phoebe Tudor, Mady Kades, Eileen Lawal, Brigitte Kalai, Leisa Holland-Nelson Bowman, the Honorable Fred Zeidman, Ileana and Michael Treviño, Beth Wolff, and Lois Stark.


Tables of ten for the May 11 event begin at $6,000. Individual tickets start at $600. To RSVP or to reserve a table, please visit, call 713-527-1622, or email


PaperCity will be the sponsor.


About Holocaust Museum Houston

Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH), Lester and Sue Smith Campus, is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. It was founded in 1996 by Houston-area Holocaust survivors, their descendants, and members of the community and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The museum is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims who lost their lives during this terrible period in history, and honoring the survivors’ legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, HMH teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice, and apathy.

After two years and a $34 million expansion, HMH reopened in June 2019. Now 57,000 square feet, HMH is the nation's fourth largest Holocaust museum. Fully bilingual in English and Spanish, the new three-story structure houses a welcome center, four permanent galleries, two changing exhibition galleries, classrooms, research library, café, 187-seat indoor theater, and 175-seat outdoor amphitheater. Over 50 screens, mini-theaters, and interactive terminals are featured throughout the museum. 

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