During receptions on May 30 and May 31, the Florida Holocaust Museum honored 94 high school juniors with the 2012 Anne Frank Humanitarian Award (AFHA). The honorees attend public, private and parochial schools in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. They are recognized as students who make a conscious decision to spend their time improving the lives of others.
Lisl Schick, Holocaust Survivor and member of the Florida Holocaust Museum's Board of Directors and Gayle Sierens, Co-Anchor for WFLA-TV News Channel 8 and Honorary Co-Chair of the AFHA Program, participated as special guest speakers on May 30 and May 31, respectively.
Since its inception in 2001, the AFHA has garnered 100% participation from all eligible high schools in the five county area. Confidential nominations are submitted by the schools and reviewed by members of the AFHA committee. The honorees are recognized, by AFHA volunteer presenters, at their schools' junior award ceremonies, in addition to the Museum's receptions. Each receives a personalized glass plaque symbolizing Kristallnacht - the Night of Broken Glass, an award certificate and a one-year family membership to the Museum.
The Museum is grateful to the Florida Holocaust Museum's Women of Conscience, the presenting sponsor for the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award Program. Additional sponsors include Rosa and Werner Cohn and the James & Amy Shimberg Foundation.
Renée Walter and Jody Sherman are Co-Chairs of the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award Program. County chairs are: Traci Klein and Marcy Lechner, Hillsborough County; Rhoda Langstein, Pasco County; Claudia Stern, Pinellas County; Shirley Stepp and Rose Holloway, Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Irene Weiss is the founder of the AFHA Program.
Names of all honorees may be requested by calling 727.820.0100, extension 230.