American Society for Yad Vashem, the organization dedicated to advancing Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem and The Jewish Life Foundation, which funds the creation of Jewish-themed cultural and educational programs on Jewish Life Television (JLTV) hosts their fourth annual benefit gala, Salute to Hollywood, Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills.

The evening honors the late Edita and Abraham Spiegel Family represented by daughter, Rita Spiegel; the feature film Denial and world-renowned musician, singer and famed KISS co-founder, Gene Simmons and his mother, Holocaust survivor Flora Klein. Karen Sandler Chairs, Elissa and Edward Czuker, Co-Chair.

Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson will present The Lifetime Achievement Award to philanthropist Rita Spiegel, accepting the award on behalf of her parents and the Spiegel Family. The Vanguard Award will be presented to feature film Denial producers Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff by Jonathan King, EVP of Participant Media. Lenny Wilf, Chairman of the Board for ASYV, will present The Legacy Award to Gene Simmons who will accept on behalf of his mother, Flora Klein and himself.

“The valiant stories of Holocaust survivors continue to move and inspire us,” said William Bernstein, American Society for Yad Vashem Director of Institutional Advancement. “The late Edita and Abraham Spiegel and Flora Klein were three of these survivors. They chose not to be defined by their past, but rather, carved rich, full lives for themselves and their families, instilling in them the generosity of spirit and love for humanity that could never be stilled by the horrors of the Holocaust. Committed to never letting their stories die,” continued Bernstein, “honorees Gene Simmons and the writers and producers of the feature film Denial set out to tell the stories of the Holocaust, Gene Simmons through the eyes of his mother and Denial through the true story of the courtroom battle between a Holocaust denier and the power of the truth.”

Sponsorship packages begin at $10,000; individual tickets, $750. Yad Vashem Young Leadership tickets (35 years and under), $180.

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