2018 Memphis Benefit Dinner

Monday, October 29, 2018 at the Memphis Hilton

Change happens when preparation meets opportunity. This is the moment. Facing History and Ourselves is giving students the tools they need to be agents for change. Young people have been and continue to be at the forefront of many of the historical movements that have transformed societies around the world.

Memphis Benefit Dinner Co-Chairs Leslie & John Daniel and Linda & Glenn Sessoms invite you to join us Monday, October 29 at the annual Facing History Memphis Benefit Dinner to celebrate youth agency, voice, and civic engagement.

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When & Where

Monday, October 29, 2018
6:00-6:45 PM Cocktail Reception
6:45-9:00 PM Program and Dinner

Memphis Hilton
939 Ridge Lake Blvd
Memphis, TN 38120

Can't attend? You can still support our work with a gift!



Roy Hellenberg obtained his degree and Higher Diploma in Education at the University of Cape Town, majoring in History and Psychology as well as studying English and Anthropology. He has spent over 20 years as an educator in both township schools and suburban schools in South Africa. An ongoing interest for Roy has been in education in a post-conflict society and how it can be used to address the gross human rights abuses of the past. He has attended and spoken at local, national, and international conferences on this topic. Since 2006, he has worked with Shikaya and Facing History and Ourselves in designing and running teacher training programmes to focus on teaching methodologies that encourage the development of critical thinking in the classroom and democratic debate with the purpose of growing young people who are compassionate, engaged, and active citizens. Over the past two years, Roy has worked with Dylan Wray in running a whole school program that addresses exclusion and discrimination at schools across South Africa entitled A School Where I Belong. They have also co-authored a book with Professor Jonathan Jansen by the same name.

Dylan Wray is the Executive Director of Shikaya - a South Africa based non-profit that supports teachers and school leaders so that young people leave their schools thinking critically, and acting as compassionate, engaged, democratic citizens. Dylan has worked globally as a teacher, facilitator, materials developer, and author, including most recently of the book, A School Where I Belong, which outlines six areas where true transformation in South African classrooms and schools can begin. Dylan has partnered with Facing History and Ourselves since 2003, a partnership which has reached thousands of educators, learners, curriculum developers, school leaders, and representatives of civil society organizations country-wide. Dylan has also written about this work, including with a focus on the critical role of education to support peacebuilding and transitional justice.


We would like to thank the following corporate sponsors for their generous support of the 2018 Memphis Benefit Dinner.


Silver Benefactor



Bronze Benefactor



Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare  |  Baptist Memorial Health Care  |  Paragon National Bank  |  Regional One Health

Facing History and Ourselves is happy to speak with businesses, foundations, and individuals interested in sponsoring the Memphis Benefit Dinner. Please contact Regan Adolph at [email protected] for more information on corporate sponsorship opportunities.

Our Work in Memphis

From Memphis to Chattanooga to Louisville, Facing History and Facing History and Ourselves’ Memphis office reaches over 360,000 students in public, independent, charter, and religious schools each year. Through Facing History, students become more engaged in academic work and learn to recognize and combat racism, antisemitism, and prejudice in their schools and communities. We offer resources, professional development, and innovative programs on topics including bullying, immigration, civil rights, and the events leading up to the Holocaust. 

Learn More at the Memphis Office Page

Memphis Advisory Board

Tina Fockler, Chair

Toney Armstrong
Joey Beckford
Janice Berlin
Paul Berz*
Phyllis Berz**
Reggie Crenshaw
John Daniel
Jerry Ehrlich
Tara Engelberg
Kerry Hayes
Ann Hawkins*
Mason Hawkins
Justin Jamerson
Carol Johnson-Dean**
Dorothy Johnson
Elaine Kaufman
Marty Kelman**
Daniel Kiel
Meggan Kiel
Don Levy
Joanna Lipman
Leigh Mansberg
Joyce Margulies
Jacqueline O'Bryant
Erin Ostrow**
Adrienne Pakis-Gillon
Iddo Patt
Kimberly Perry
Will Perry
Doug Schrank
Glenn Sessoms**
Linda Ellen Sklar
Joan Terry
Megan Weinstein
Monica Wharton
Rachel Shankman, Emeritus
Susan Mallory, Emeritus

* Board of Directors
** Leadership Council

Contact Us

For more information, contact Regan Adolph at [email protected] or call 901.452.1776, ext. 222.

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