Dinner of Tribute

The Dinner of Tribute is an opportunity for us to come together as a community and support the important work that we do and the values we uphold. 

Each year, the Holocaust Center honors people who uphold the values of the Center and embody our mission to create a more just and caring community. Past honorees include Elie Wiesel and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

Please watch as we honor a true champion of our Central Florida community, 

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, with the Tess Wise White Rose Award.


For 2020, we honored Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings with a virtual event! Mayor Demings is a longtime supporter and treasured ally of the Holocaust Center. His unwavering support of our UpStanders: Stand Up to Bullying Initiative has greatly contributed to the program’s success and continued growth in our schools. He is a committed public servant who has dedicated over 38 years of service to our community.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Many thanks to our sponsors for supporting the Center’s efforts to create a more inclusive and more respectful world.

Diamond Sponsors
Harvey Productions, Inc.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts

Platinum Sponsors
Solomon F. Schick
Jim & Valeria Shapiro
Tess Wise

Gold Sponsors
Dick & Dottie Appelbaum
EVOLV MD, Inc. – Rizwan Zaman
Ginsburg Family Foundation
Bruce K. Gould Foundation
Henrietta & Marc Katzen
Massey Services, Inc.
The Pargh Foundation
Alexis & Jim Pugh
Dr. Marilyn Shapiro
Sonny’s Bar B Q
Charles Steinmetz & Margie Pabst Steinmetz
Universal Engineering Sciences
Walt Disney World Resort
Louise & Dick Weiner

Family Sponsors
Laura & Mark Abramson
Patricia & Dr. Roy Ambinder
Randye & Dr. Jay Falk
Marilyn S. Goldman
Penny & Dr. Steven Goldstein
Helen Greenspun & Family
HuntonBrady Architects
Katie & Dr. John Lehr
The Meitin Family
Hali & Mike Poteshman
The Printers
Charlotte & Winston Schwartz
Ellen & Simon Snyder
Dr. Sharon & Ralph Spano
University of Central Florida
Barbara Weinrich
Zelig O. & Bobbi Wise Philanthropic Trust

Corporate Sponsors
The Law Office of Jeremiah D. Allen
Susan & Gordon Arkin
Bounds Law Group
Brasfield & Gorrie
Burr & Forman LLP
City of Orlando
Dunhill Properties
Echo Interaction Group
Elevation Financial Group
Andrew Feinberg & Louis Feinberg, Morgan Stanley
Jeffrey B. Friedman, M.D., P.A.
GrayRobinson, P.A.
Holland & Knight
Kubicki Draper, P.A.
Ellen & Mark Lang
Jeffrey Miller & Ted Maines
Nemours Children’s Health System
Orlando Health
Orlando Magic
Publix Super Markets Charities
Quantum Leap Winery – David Forrester & Edna Morris
Frank Santos & Dan Dantin
Jill S. Schwartz & Associates, P.A.
SmartWealth®, LLC – Jan & Randy Ellington
Universal Orlando Resort
Valencia College
Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial
Welsh Charitable Trust

UpStander Sponsors
Lisa & Ron Bachman
Michele Brennan & Mitch Barnett
Dr. Lucille Belnick & Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Marian & Edward Bromberg
Raychel & Tony Cesaro
Linda & Bruce Chapin
Jason Chepenik
Carmen Dominguez
Diane & Allan Goldberg
Lauren Goodman & Harry Jacobs
Marci & Dr. Scott Greenberg
Denise & Michael Hammond
Becky & Joel Hunter
Pam & Michael Kancher
Marilyn & David King
Drs. Lynda & Andrew Kleiman
Laurie Levin & Dr. Fred Wittenstein
Losey PLLC
Karen Middlekauff & Daniel Minkow
Rick Schell & Scott Joseph
Joanie Schirm & Roger Neiswender
Orange County Tax Collector, Scott Randolph
Geanne & Adrian Share
Denise & Dr. Douglas Sprung
Louis M. Supowitz
Katherine Turner
Nancy & Mitchell Walk
Malka & Neil Webman
Maura & Ben Weiner
Bickley Wilson
Nancy & Jonathan Wolf
Hattie Wolfe & Abigail Rizor of Wolfe-Rizor Interiors

Previous Dinner of Tribute Honorees

2016 Valeria and Jim Shapiro, Community Leaders

2015 Susan and Gordon Arkin, Community Leaders

2014 Harris Rosen, Philanthropist and Business Leader

2013 Helen Greenspun, Holocaust Survivor and teacher

2012 Dr. Richard Lapchick, Chair of DeVos Sports Business Management at UCF

2011 Dr. Ron Blocker, Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools

2010 Governor Bob Graham, former Governor and U.S.Senator

2009 Rita and John Lowndes, Philanthropists and Community Leaders

2008 Alexis and Jim Pugh, Philanthropists and Community Leaders

2007 Harriett and Hy Lake, Philanthropists and Community Leaders

2006 Tess and Abe Wise, Philanthropists and Community Leaders; Holocaust Center Founders

2005 Marilyn and Sig Goldman, Philanthropists and Community Leaders

2004 SunTrust Bank

2003 Judy Albertson, Philanthropist and Community Leader

2002 Joe Lee, CEO, Darden Restaurants

2001 Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor

2000 Twenty Years of Support

1999 Holland & Knight  Foundation

1998 Holocaust Survivors

1997 Henri Landwirth, Founder, Give Kids The World

1996 Tom Werner, President, Florida Hospital

1995 University of Central Florida

1994 Junior League of Greater Orlando

1993  Linda Chapin, Chairman, Orange County Commissioners

1992 Karen Riley, Mitchell Bloomer, Dr. Bruce Pauley, Ron Vierling, Holly Mandelkern (Yad Vashem Participants)

1991 Scholars – Dr. James Schoot, Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools and Dr. Paul Gianini, President of Valencia Community College

1990 Earl Scarbeary, President of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center  of Florida

1989 Charlie Reese, Orlando Sentinel writer

1988 Tess Wise, Founder, Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida