NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Blue Card, a national non-profit organization dedicated to aiding some of the 75,000 Holocaust survivors throughout the United States, will hold its 79th Anniversary Benefit and auction at the Powerhouse at The American Museum of Natural History (Columbus Avenue at 79th Street, New York, New York, 10016) on Monday, October 21, 2013. The benefit will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, by paying tribute to several survivors and The Blue Card's humanitarians for their dedication to this cause. Aimed at raising funds to provide direct financial assistance for Holocaust survivors, one-third of whom live at or below the federal poverty level.
"It is with great pleasure that we honor Mia Farrow, Ronan Farrow, Curt C. and Elise Silberman Foundation and the first ever recipient of the Young Leadership Award, Sara Greenberg, at this year's Benefit," said Masha Girshin, Executive Director of The Blue Card. "These individuals work tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for needy Holocaust survivors who struggle to make ends meet."
Founded in Germany in 1934, and in the United States in 1939, The Blue Card's sole mission is to provide direct financial assistance to needy Holocaust survivors who live at or near the federal poverty level. All proceeds from the Annual Benefit will support close to 3,000 individuals; The Blue Card has distributed over $22 million to date, with 100 percent of donations going directly to survivors.
The evening will feature cocktails, a seated dinner, a silent auction and a special performance by singer, songwriter and pianist, Regina Spektor. The cocktail hour begins at 6:00pm and the dinner will begin at 7:00pm. Dietary laws will be observed. At the Benefit, guests will have the opportunity to support The Blue Card by bidding on an extensive collection of silent auction lots.
Individual tickets start at $400, and tables at $4,000. Tickets can be purchased by calling The Blue Card at (212) 239-2251.
About The Blue Card
The Blue Card was established by the Jewish Community in Germany in the early 1930s. When first established, the purpose of The Blue Card was to help Jews who were being affected by Nazi persecution through loss of jobs and other forms of oppression. In 1939, The Blue Card was reestablished in the United States to continue bringing aid to refugees of Nazi persecution who were resettling in America. After the Holocaust, the mission of the organization was expanded to help survivors of the Shoah from all European countries. The Blue Card continues its work, and reaches needy Holocaust survivors every day.
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