Almost 1,100 people were on hand Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, as Holocaust Museum Houston honored two longtime supporters of the Museum and who have devoted much of their adult lives to other charities as well as Houston’s 2015 “Guardians of the Human Spirit” in recognition of their contributions to the quality of life in Houston.

The Museum’s annual luncheon at the Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar St., honored longtime Museum members Velva G. and H. Fred Levine while raising almost $690,000 to support ongoing educational programs that promote awareness of the dangers of prejudice, hatred and apathy against the backdrop of the Holocaust.

The event ended with a rousing talk by David Brooks, author and columnist for The New York Times on his new book “The Road to Character,” in which he explains why selflessness leads to greater success. Brooks discussed how character is developed to build rich inner lives, marked by humility and moral depth.

Chairing this year’s event were prominent Houstonians Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein and Carol and Michael Goldberg. PaperCity magazine served as media sponsor. 

VIPs seen in the crowd included Houston Mayor Annise Parker; State Sen. John Whitmire; The Honorable Eitan Levon, consul general of Israel to the Southwest; The Honorable Arthur Schechter, former ambassador to the Bahamas; State Sen. John Whitmire; State Rep. Sylvester Turner; Houston City Council Member Ellen Cohen, Harris County Constable Alan Rosen; The Honorable Eitan Levon, consul general of Israel to the Southwest and The Honorable Anna Holliday, honorary consul general of Denmark.