Humanitarian Awards Dinner

Past Humanitarian Awards Dinners

Each spring the Museum hosts its signature event, the Humanitarian Awards Dinner. Now the largest fundraising dinner in the city of Chicago, this high profile evening pays tribute to pillars in our community, Holocaust Survivors and highlights the Museum’s achievements. Distinguished keynote speakers enrich the evening and address the 2,000+ audience with their personal experiences and global analysis of current events. The Humanitarian Awards Dinner is a poignant evening that demonstrates the impact the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center plays in our local community and beyond.


2014 Humanitarian Awards Dinner


  • John A. Canning, Jr., co-founder and Chairman, Madison Dearborn Partners
  • Thomas S. Ricketts, Chairman, Chicago Cubs and Incapital

Distinguished Community Leadership Award:

  • Richard S. Hirschhaut, Founding Executive Director, Illinois Holocaust Museum

Keynote Speaker:

  • Dr. Henry Kissinger

See our gallery of photos from the event >

2013 Humanitarian Awards Dinner


  • William Brodsky, CEO, Chicago Board Options Exchange
  • Linda Johnson Rice, Chairman, Johnson Publishing

Survivor’s Legacy Award:

  • J.B. Pritzker, Managing Partner, The Pritzker Group

Keynote Speaker:

  • Bob Woodward

See our gallery of photos from the event >


 2012 Humanitarian Awards Dinner


  • Neil Bluhm, Walton Street Capital
  • Don Thompson, McDonalds
  • Rick Waddell, Northern Trust

Community Leadership Award:

  • Michael J. Rubinstein

Keynote Speaker:

  •  Dr. Robert Gates

Humanitarian Award Dinner Videos

These videos are a tribute to the tireless work of the Museum’s Speakers Bureau and the power memory serves to change the future.

The Museum looks back at its first year of operation and celebrates the Inagural events.





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