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National Impact

| November 10, 2016 | Parties National

At the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum luncheon, North Shore and Chicago guests contributed to the museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Over 2,000 guests joined local dignitaries for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 2016 What You Do Matters luncheon. A softly lit Sheraton Grand ballroom set the stage for a powerful moment, as guests, including more than 300 local Holocaust survivors, slowly lit and raised candles in remembrance.

Jill Weinberg, the museum’s regional director, welcomed best-selling author Jennifer Teege as the afternoon’s keynote speaker. And Rwandan-born and locally raised activist Clemantine Wamariya was honored for her work battling genocide. Amy Rule, Bill Daley and Lisa Madigan all attended, and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner also spoke to the crowd.

Generous donations from the lunch totalled $5.16 million—the largest amount raised in the country. The funds will go to the soon-to-be-opened Shapell Center: the new home of an ever-growing array of artifacts. All those in attendance helped honor the legacy of Holocaust victims through conservation, and championing the “never again” message. ‒Ben Rains


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