Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

May 31, 2009 11:39 ET

REMINDER/Media Advisory: Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center Hosts Spirit of Hope Benefit at Roy Thomson Hall Sunday, May 31st

Prime Minister honoured with prestigious award

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 31, 2009) -

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On Sunday, 2,200 people will gather at Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall in the spirit of hope, solidarity and tolerance. The Spirit of Hope Benefit, created by Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, features international keynote speakers who will discuss contemporary issues including: the financial crisis; President Obama's version of change; Iran's nuclear and regional ambitions; instability in Pakistan; and the possibilities of peace in the Middle East.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be onsite to receive the prestigious Simon Wiesenthal International Leadership Award. In receiving the award, the Prime Minister follows in the footsteps of accomplished world leaders including President Ronald Reagan, Senator Ted Kennedy, the Dalai Lama and King Hussein of Jordan. The award is bestowed to leaders who best exemplify the values and actions of the late Simon Wiesenthal in the pursuit of justice and human rights.

What: Spirit of Hope Benefit
NOTE: limited interview opportunities

When: Sunday, May 31, 2009
Patron's Reception: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Doors open: 7 p.m.
Main Presentation: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Roy Thomson Hall
60 Simcoe Street

Award Presentation: Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Stephen
Harper, to accept the Simon Wiesenthal International
Leadership Award

Guest Speakers: Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder, Simon Wiesenthal
Silvan Shalom, Israel's Vice-Prime Minister
Secretary Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland
Security, 2005-2009
The Honourable John W. Howard, Prime Minister of
Australia, 1996-2007
Ambassador John Bolton, America's Permanent
Representative to the UN

Performances by: RyanDan, Canadian musical duo whose music is a mix of
pop, opera and classical

Contact Information

  • To confirm your presence at this event or for more
    information, contact:
    Torchia Communications
    Kathleen Stelmach
    416-341-9929 ext. 227 or Mobile: 647-830-0354
    Torchia Communications
    Daniel Torchia, APR
    416-341-9929 ext. 223 or Mobile: 416-275-2151