In 1913, the Anti-Defamation League was formed to combat prejudice, stereotyping, anti-Semitism and other forms of hate. In some respects that seems a relatively short time ago, but looking back on what has happened in the world since then, the years have been trying and full of tragedy.

We would like to think that the world has progressed, but as speakers at the 100th anniversary dinner noted Tuesday evening, the bombing at the Boston Marathon indicates there is still a long way to go.

Steve Farber, (board) left, Marcia and Dick Robinson (board)

Steve Farber, (board) left, Marcia and Dick Robinson (board)

“Imagine a world without hate” is ADL’s theme for the Centennial year. There are saintly supporters who give to their fullest to contribute to that goal .

The Distinguished Community Service Award went to Jordon and Essie Perlmutter, who have been leaders in the Denver community for more than 50 years. They are staunch supporters of ADL and have received numerous awards for their unwaivering commitment and support for Denver hospitals, financial institutions and religious organizations. Mr. Perlmutter spearheaded the building and raised $14 million for Shalom Cares, a residence facility for senior citizens.
The Distinguished Corporate Leader Award went to Wells Fargo, and the honor was accepted by Executive Vice President Gary Lutz. Wells Fargo sponsored ADL’s “No Place for Hate” initiative, and they have contributed $3.7 million in Colorado alone and tens of thousands of volunteer hours to Colorado communities.

Also recognized during the evening were the generous gifts of $1 million each from Robert B Sturm and Gay and Barry Curtiss-Lusher. Mr. Curtiss-Lusher is also serving as ADL’s national chairman, and has received accolades and highest regards for his work around the globe, including visits with President Obama and the Pope to promote ADL’s mission.

Eight former and present board members also gave reflections on their perspective of ADL’s important mission and their time to help acheive it.

We can only hope that the next centennial celebration can be dubbed “we remembered when there was hate.” But for now, we thank those who contribute their incredible support so that we can imagine that time.

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