U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Annual Chicago Luncheon to kick off Museum’s 20th anniversary year

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan E. Rice will speak at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's 2012 Risa K. Lambert Chicago Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 12.  This year's Luncheon serves as the kickoff to a series of events in Chicago celebrating the Museum's upcoming 20th anniversary.  

"The Chicago community played a pivotal role in creating the Museum," says Jill Weinberg, Director of the Museum's midwest regional office. "This is a moment for reflection on all that the Museum family has accomplished in just two decades.  But as we also look forward, we realize that this is a moment that demands urgency, not complacency.  The continued enthusiasm and dedication of the Chicago region in helping us carry the lessons of the Holocaust forward is crucially important and greatly appreciated."

Susan E. Rice is the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a member of President Obama's Cabinet.  From 1993-2001, she served as a foreign policy official in the Clinton administration, including as US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

In addition to Rice, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and former White House Chiefs of Staff Joshua B. Bolten and William M. Daley will make remarks.  The program will also honor Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein, senior rabbi of Am Shalom Congregation, who has promoted Holocaust education and awareness of contemporary genocide and has encouraged his congregants and community to become involved in supporting the Museum's mission.

Luncheon chairs are Laurie and Andrew Hochberg. Co-chairs of the event are Kim and Stuart Frankenthal; Linda Levinson Friend and Bill Friend; and Jamie Diamond Schwartz and David Schwartz.

The event, being held on Wednesday, September 12, at noon at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel and Towers, provides crucial support to the work of our nation's memorial to the Holocaust as it brings Holocaust education to Chicago and communities across the country and around the world.

To purchase tickets or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact the Museum's Midwest Regional Office Reservation Hotline at (847) 604-1924 or by email at midwest@ushmm.org.

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