The FHM celebrated this year’s To Life gala at the Mahaffey Theater on Thursday, February 27, 2014. To Life: To Children honored survivors of the Kindertransport (Children’s Transport) on the 75th Anniversary of the effort that saved the lives of approximately 10,000 children during the Holocaust.
Two survivors of the Kindertransport, Marietta Drucker and Lisl Schick, served as Honorary Co-Chairs for this year’s event.
Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor was presented with the prestigious Loebenberg Humanitarian Award. A 29-year veteran of the Tampa Police Department, Castor has served the community in nearly every capacity. She helped lead the Homeland Security’s Tampa Bay Urban Area Security Initiative, serves on the boards of numerous local organizations and mentors as risk children as a Big Sister through Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. Chief Castor is collaborating with the FHM to provide her force with a program similar to the "Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust" training available at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This history of the Holocaust and its implications for law enforcement today are examined with a focus on choice, individual responsibility and maintaining core values. We are proud to be able to offer this new initiative to the community and are grateful for Chief Castor’s vision in understanding of the importance of this training in modern society,” said Elizabeth Gelman, FHM Executive Director. This program directly resonates with our core focus to use the lessons of the past to create a better future for all.