Four modern-day heroes in the fight against hate were recognized and honored at the 18th annualAnti-Defamation League (ADL) In Concert Against Hate on Monday, October 15, 2012, chaired by Dr. Tina Alster and Ambassador Paul Frazer, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on October 15. Each honoree was presented with the ADL Ina and Shelley Kay Award for extraordinary acts of courage in confronting intolerance, injustice, extremism and terrorism. The event raised almost $850,000 for the ADL which directly supports their programs and services that combat all forms of hate and bigotry.
The gala actually began on Sunday, October 14, 2012 with the Patron Dinner at the Alster-Frazer residence on Smith’s Row in Georgetown. Attending were some of the biggest donors to the Anti Defamation League, leadership from the ADL, Madeleine Stowe, Wolf Blitzer, and this year’s honorees.
Dr. Alster and Ambassador Frazer spoke briefly, followed by an introduction and brief conversation with each of the 4 honorees by ADL Director, David Friedman.
The Alster-Frazer home was built in 1811 and was the first home built on the historic and exclusive, Smith’s Row. In fact, the Smith family lived in it for three generations. Dr. Alster and Ambassador Frazer bought this beautiful piece of Federal architecture from Herman Wouk, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Winds of War and War and Remembrance, and spent three years renovating it to perfection with the help of architects Simon and Hugh Newell Jacobsen. The stunning home was featured in the February 2011 issue of Architectural Digest.