Holocaust Museum of Houston LBJ Moral Courage Award Dinner Raises Over $2 Million

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by Priscilla Dickson Photography and Gary Fountain Photography and Jacob Powers Photography

THE SETTING: The Hilton Americas-Houston was the recent setting for the Holocaust Museum of Houston’s annual LBJ Moral Courage Award Dinner honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The event featured over 1,300 of Houston’s most notable sociables for an evening of touching tributes and dazzling performances those fortunate enough to attend will not soon forget.


THE STYLE: The black tie optional affair featured an elegant mix of formal and high-cocktail ensembles worn by patrons. The festivities began with a cocktail reception in the venue’s foyer where old friends were re-acquainted, and new friends were made. The festivities then moved into the ballroom for the evening’s main program.


Once inside, the crowd found their tables, where a scrumptious, multi-course kosher dinner awaited them. As guests dined, they were treated to a series of touching video tributes of Ruth Bader Ginsburg from several notables, including Billy Crystal, Chita Rivera, and Aaron Sorkin. The evening was capped off by a showstopping performance by TonyÓ Award-winning actress Kristen Chenowith, who dazzled the audience with a host of Broadway’s greatest hits. After her performance, Chenowith announced that she was donating her fee back to the museum, which brought the crowd to their feet, capping off a beautiful evening.


THE PURPOSE: The dinner, chaired by Mady and Ken Kades, with Lynn Wyatt serving as honorary chair, raised over $2 million for the Holocaust Museum of Houston. The proceeds raised at the event will go toward funding programs at the museum.