Tuesday, June 12, 2018

6pm: Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction

7pm: Dinner & Awards Ceremony

ESPACE, 635 W 42nd St, New York, NY
(between 11th & 12th Aves)


About the Awards:

Each year in celebration of Anne Frank's birthday, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect hosts the Spirit of Anne Frank Awards to recognize worthy students, educators, citizens, peacemakers, and role models who uphold Anne's ideals of hope, justice, and equality. Scholarship and humanitarian award recipients are selected based on their extraordinary social and humanitarian efforts to engender understanding, equality, and mutual respect among diverse populations of people.

2018 Honorees:


Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

SAFA Youth Empowerment Award

The Anne Frank Center recognizes Amy Poehler and Meredith Walker with the 2018 SAFA Youth Empowerment Award for their work in helping young people, especially young women, to exercise their intellect and creativity and to use their gifts to excel in all fields, including arts, science, politics and culture.  Founded by artist Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls organization is dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves, emphasizing intelligence and imagination over “fitting in,” celebrating curiosity over gossip. As described on the Smart Girls online forum, "we are a place where people can truly be their weird and wonderful selves. We are funny first, and informative second, hosting the party you want to attend."

Amy Poehler

SAFA Youth Empowerment Award (Amy Poehler's Smart Girls)

Amy Poehler’s work on SNL earned her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Starring as Leslie Knope on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, she has been nominated for three Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, two Golden Globe Awards, and one Screen Actors Guild Award.

Amy is also a humanitarian, active in women’s issues and serves as Ambassador for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation. On screen and off, Amy believes in empowering women and girls everywhere. Her dedication to helping young women has gained her numerous accolades, including Glamour’s Woman of the Year. Through her digital series Smart Girls at the Party, Amy continues to acknowledge and support girls who are “changing the world by being themselves.”

Meredith Walker

SAFA Youth Empowerment Award (Amy Poehler's Smart Girls)

Meredith Walker began her television career producing Peabody and Emmy award-winning Nick News with Linda Ellerbee. Next, she served as head of the Talent Department at Saturday Night Live. Meredith now serves as Executive Director of the organization she co-created, “Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.” Headquartered in Austin, Texas, she devotes her time to all things Smart Girls. By leading workshops, service days, and Smart Girls volunteer teams, she makes sure that the mission of Smart Girls is around the globe and in the real world. Every call-to-action on our site has been inspired by Meredith and there’s never a time we ask our audience to do something she hasn’t done first. She is constantly on the road as Smart Girls #1 spokeswoman, spreading the word.

Racquel Harris Mason

SAFA Business Community Leadership Award

Racquel Harris Mason is the Vice President of TMD U.S. (The McDonald’s Division) for the Coca-Cola Company. Most recently she served as Vice President of the Coca-Cola and Coke Zero brands , responsible for developing robust visions and strategies, compelling consumer communications, and ensuring flawless commercial execution across the retail and food service marketplace. Racquel joined The Coca-Cola Company in 2006. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Racquel was the Division Vice President of Marketing for the Pediatric Business Unit of Abbott Laboratories Nutritionals Group. 


Racquel’s path to leadership first started when she was an undergraduate and she conceived and implement the BRIDGES mentoring program, a key component of the model Wharton West Philadelphia Project which was then replicated across the country through the Milken University Community Outreach Program. Racquel holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She resides in Atlanta with her husband and their three children.

Jud Newborn, PhD

SAFA Human Writes Award

Founding Historian and co-creator of NY’s Museum of Jewish Heritage--A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (1986 to 2000), Jud Newborn, PhD is a New York-based author, dramatic multimedia lecture artist and expert on anti-Semitism, extremism and the fight for human rights worldwide.  He has performed his unique programs from San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre and L.A.’s Simon Wiesenthal Center to the United Nations, and from Canada to Cape Town - providing lessons in courage that link the Holocaust to today's crises of democracy & human rights abuse.
Dr. Newborn is co-author of the critically acclaimed classic, Sophie Scholl and the White Rose.  Praised by The New York Times, Newsweek International and singled out by Library Journal, it has just been released in a 3rd, special 75th Year Anniversary Year Edition, with endorsements attesting to its urgent relevance today by such figures as Norman Lear, Elie Wiesel, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, Prof. Deborah Lipstadt, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Michael Berenbaum, Original Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.  
He is currently working on the first major Hollywood motion picture about the White Rose.  
Jud Newborn has written for The New York Times and Jerusalem Post among other leading publications, and appeared as a seasoned on-camera consultant throughout the media, from the CBS Morning News, CNN and other networks to NPR’s “All Things Considered.”  A Fulbright and Woodrow Wilson National Fellow, Dr. Newborn was educated at NYU, Cambridge University (where he was a writer-in-residence at Clare Hall College), and was awarded his PhD with Distinction by the University of Chicago for “Arbeit macht frei”: The Hidden German Cultural Meaning of the Holocaust.  In July 1995 Dr. Newborn broke a decades-long barrier by giving the first lecture on the Holocaust ever held at the UN, at which time he called out against the UN’s abandonment of Bosnia Muslims to mass murder.
During his European doctoral fieldwork from 1980-1983, he hunted down SS officers and Nazi perpetrators for interviews.  He also volunteered to work undercover for Poland’s Solidarity Freedom Movement in 1982, six months into the Communist Declaration of Martial Law and the sealing of Poland’s borders.  
Dr. Newborn is co-creator of the award-winning animated short about a child Holocaust survivor, Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest, which reminds us of the need to protect those most vulnerable.  As a poet and lyricist he has collaborated with country, pop and classical composers, including Pulitzer Prize winner Shulamit Ran. Today he serves as Special Programs Curator for Long Island’s renowned Cinema Arts Centre, bringing in Nobel Laureates, Kennedy Center Honorees, and Academy Award, Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Pulitzer Prize winners to interview for consciousness-raising programs before live audiences.
Jud Newborn believes firmly in not just “talking the talk,” but “walking the walk.”
The Anne Frank Center is honored this year to recognize his passion and activism with the 2018 Spirit of Anne Frank "Human Writes" Award.

Mariela Shaker

SAFA Promisekeeper Award

Mariela Shaker is an accomplished violinist who survived the conflict in Syria and sought asylum in the US in 2013. She realized while completing a music scholarship at Monmouth College that she would not be able to return to her home country due to the ongoing conflict. She then decided to dedicate herself to using her unique voice as a talented musician and refugee to build bridges through music and raise awareness of the plight of the Syrian people. She has worked with the UNHCR since 2015, performing at a recital at the Kennedy Centre in celebration of World Refugee Day and private fundraising events for UNHCR. Mariela has also spoken and performed to highlight the refugee cause at various prestigious events and institutions including Lincoln Centre, Harvard University and Carnegie Hall. Mariela was also honored at the White House and named as Champion of Change for World Refugees by US President Barack Obama in 2015. Despite the challenges she has faced, Mariela remains convinced of the power of music to forge peace and continues her mission to deliver a message of hope and understanding through her work.

This year, Mariela Shaker will receive the first-ever SAFA "Promisekeeper" Award, in recognition of a young person who is living the legacy of Anne Frank by dedicating her passion and creative talents to raising awareness of social injustice and fostering peace among all people.

Rosa Strygler (1928-2018)

SAFA Lifetime Inspiration Award

This year, humanitarian, philanthropist, and Holocaust survivor Rosa Strygler, will be honored posthumously with the SAFA Lifetime Inspiration Award, as the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect launches an educational fund in her honor.

Born in Krakow Poland, Rosa was the sole survivor of her Hassidic Bobover family, escaping from Auschwitz and making her way to America as part of a Children’s Transport program for orphans in 1947. In 1949 she met and married her husband, Harry Strygler, and together they built his company, H. S. Strygler & Company, into one of the country's largest importers and wholesalers of pearls and colored stones. They traveled the world together and worked side-by-side until his passing in 1994.


Rosa served as a passionate leader of the New York City Holocaust Commission and was a founding Trustee of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan. She was devoted to education and the act of remembrance. She established the Associates Division of the Museum to engage younger generations in supporting the teaching of Holocaust history. Rosa also served as President of the American Friends of Reuth to care for the elderly and provide rehabilitative services to Israelis of all ages. Harry and Rosa Strygler were Yeshiva University Benefactors and Rosa sponsored the new Camp Gila where hundreds of Jewish girls attend summer camp in the Catskills. She personally volunteered her time speaking with inmates at the Adolescent Reception and Detention Center on Rikers Island, in an effort to remind them at incarceration does not negate their worth as human beings. Rosa's memoirs were published in 1987 as "Rosa: A Story of Two Survivals" and she has been featured in several documentaries.

Rosa Strygler passed away January 27, 2018, but her memory and her words live on. “You take on this burden for me, for survivors everywhere. To remember is to create links between past and present. You must never forget, the world must never forget. For my generation, hope cannot be without sadness. Let the sadness not be without hope.”

As her father told her before they were separated at Auschwitz, "You shall live. Remember what you saw. Tell it to the world."

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2014 Scholarship winners
2014 Scholarship winners

AFC board member Sybil Rosenberg (in red) congratulates scholars

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SAFA Awards
SAFA Awards

Humanitarian awards are polished and ready for the evening!

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Celebrating the arts
Celebrating the arts

The Anne Frank Center teaches through theatre, workshops, and the arts

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2014 Scholarship winners
2014 Scholarship winners

AFC board member Sybil Rosenberg (in red) congratulates scholars

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This annual event is the major fundraising gala for the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. Only through your generosity can we continue our educational programs and outreach, fulfilling the hope for humanity Anne Frank shared with the world.