• Friedlander Upstander and Gillman Goodfellow Awards Presented at Tolerance Benefit

    HMTC Chair Steven Markowitz and NCPD Deputy Inspector Gary Shapiro, Upstander Award Winners  Paulina Calcaterra, Shannon Butler, Alexis Wojcik, Peter J. Klein, Tracy Garrison-Feinberg, Director CFEIThe 2015 Friedlander Upstander Awards and the first-ever Daniel Gillman Goodfellow Award were presented on May 4, 2015 at the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County’s Tolerance Benefit and Auction. Deputy Inspector Gary Shapiro of the Nassau County Police Department was also honored. Receiving the Friedlander Upstander Award were high school students Shannon Butler and Paulina Calcaterra and middle school student Alexis Wojcik. The recipient of the Gillman Goodfellow Award was Scott Gruenewald.

    The Friedlander Upstander Award, made possibly by the generosity of the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation and established as a legacy from Holocaust Survivor Claire Friedlander, provides an educational scholarship of $2,500 and is presented in cooperation with the Nassau and Suffolk County Police Departments.  Shannon Butler, a senior at Bay Shore High School, received the Friedlander Upstander Award due to her work to help change the way special needs students are viewed and treated. Paulina Calcaterra, a senior at North Shore High School, received a Friedlander Upstander Award because she implemented a student forum to foster constructive discussions about issues of race and policing and shared with students her research on 20th century genocides to deepen their understanding of modern history. Alexis Wojcik, an eighth grader at Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School, received the award for mentoring elementary school students with autism, helping them learn basic skills and socialization.

    HOlocaust Survivor Charlotte Gillman, Daniel Gillman Goodfellow Award Winner, Scott Gruenewald and HMTC Chair Steven MarkowitzStony Brook University student Scott Gruenewald was the recipient of the first-ever Daniel Gillman Goodfellow Award, which was established by Daniel’s grandmother, a Holocaust Survivor, Charlotte Gillman, in his memory. Scott received the ¬†award because of his many years of community service which includes helping the homeless.

    Guests who attended participated in A Taste of Long Island, featuring some of Long Island’s top restaurants and there was also a silent auction and raffle to benefit HMTC.