Thank you to the more than 600 guests who joined us on Tuesday, October 30th to celebrate 25 years of Facing History in the New York area!
Throughout the evening, we were inspired by stories of people who have grappled with difficult lessons from history and their own lives to become Upstanders today. Facing History’s Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Marc Skvirsky, interviewed former white nationalist Derek Black about the long and painful road that led him to publicly renounce the movement and Allison Gornick, who played a critical role in Derek’s transformation.
We also honored Facing History Board of Directors Chair Julie Abrams Leff and Facing History alumna Emily Cubilete, with 2018 Upstander awards. As Emily reminded us:
If you see violence, someone being bullied, something going wrong in the workplace, you should always say something or do something. Standing by is a choice. I know that now.
Thanks to a $250,000 challenge from two generous donors we raised a record-breaking $510,000 on the night of the benefit for a total of over $1.8 million to support teachers and students as they confront the past to change the future. If you have already made a donation, thank you! Your generosity will help us provide over 12,000 New York area educators with vital Facing History programs and services. If you haven’t yet had a chance to give, it’s not too late . Your gift will help bring Facing History to more schools in the New York area and around the world. Click here to make your donation now!
Stay tuned for information on the 2019 Benefit Dinner!
We would like to thank the following corporate sponsors for their generous support of the 2018 New York Benefit Dinner.
Each year, our network of over 12,000 middle and high school educators in the tri-state area reaches more than 870,000 students in over 2,000 schools. We provide educators with powerful curricula, innovative professional development, and follow-up support on a range of topics including racism, antisemitism, bullying, immigration, and identity. As students explore the complexities of history and current events, they reflect on the choices they confront in their own lives.
For more information please contact Erin O’Donnell at [email protected] or at 646-998-5840 x223.