15th Annual Gala
Holocaust Museum LA honored icon Arnold Schwarzenegger with the “Award of Courage” at the 15th annual gala on Monday, November 6, 2023 at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Schwarzenegger was recognized for his outspoken advocacy against antisemitism. TV personality Melissa Rivers emceed the event. The gala raised more than $1.1 million to support the Museum’s work teaching future generations about the critical lessons and continued social relevance of the Holocaust, empowering them to stand up against hatred, bigotry, and antisemitism.
Chief Advancement Officer: Omar Sharif Jr.
The Smidt Foundation, led by Eric and Susan Smidt, has given Holocaust Museum LA a $5 million matching grant for its expansion. This gift means that the Foundation will match each donation two-to-one, effectively raising $7.5 million. The Smidt gift emphasizes the importance of welcoming more young visitors, with the goal of keeping both admission and transportation free for school groups.
To commemorate those who perished, honor those who survived, educate about the Holocaust and inspire a more dignified and humane world.
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How can we take the lessons of the Holocaust and apply them to what’s going on today? Education is key. We need to teach that we are all connected. We’re proud to support Holocaust Museum LA in their much-needed work to preserve the stories of survivors, like my husband David, and to carry forward their messages of courage, resilience, and hope.
Help Educate to Stop Hate
$1,000 – Provides bus transportation for students from Title I schools in LA County to visit the Museum. With free admission and free bus transportation, this is likely the only field trip students will be able to take this year.
$2,500 – Enables 100 students to participate in a docent-led, inquiry-based, customized tour and to meet a survivor.
$5,000 – Sponsors training and tools for 35 teachers to learn how to best facilitate lessons about the Holocaust and genocide in the classroom.
For a full list of supporters, please visit www.hmla.org/supporters.