The Anti-Defamation League in New Orleans has chosen Tom and Gayle Benson and Gerald and Joan Berenson as this year’s A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award winners.
The league said the Bensons and the Berensons embody the award’s prestige and philanthropic commitment to the community. It said award recipients are people who care not just for themselves today but for the children and grandchildren of tomorrow, who care enough to translate caring into action and who strive to build a future in which every citizen will share the fruits of democracy.
Tom and Gayle Benson, who own the Saints and the Pelicans among other endeavors, have been role models of philanthropy in New Orleans, the ADL said. Their contributions have benefited hundreds of good causes and touched sectors across metro New Orleans. They have been leaders in the revitalization of the community and have transformed the city through their generosity and outreach.
Gerald and Joan Berenson are well-known for their contributions to public health and their commitment to the Jewish community. Dr. Gerald Berenson pioneered the Bogalusa Heart Study that has influenced cardiology across the country and changed the way that Americans eat and think about health. Joan Berenson has been deeply involved in good causes in the Jewish community for more than 50 years.
The award will be presented at a dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Dec. 4. Tickets are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (504) 780-5602.
The ADL, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism.