May 14, 2013
Recently the President of the United States took time from his duties to send ADL a video message congratulating us on our 100th anniversary. We played it for the first time at ADL’s Centennial Summit & Gala — an inspiring gathering of more than a thousand ADL supporters of all ages that just took place in our nation’s capital.
The President hailed ADL’s impact:
“For the past century you’ve stood up for basic human rights for all people, here and around the world … You’ve taught the world that the plight of others must not be met by silence … So this evening is a celebration of advancing justice and equality, and a challenge to carry on that commitment through the trials that lie ahead.”
As if that weren’t enough, Vice President Joe Biden visited our Centennial
Summit & Gala to address us in person.
The Vice President had his own high praise:
“There’s not a single issue that I can think of that has been raised to a national level — about equal treatment, about decency, about how all human beings should be treated — that you haven’t been there … because of you, we are a better, more humane, more decent community … you are the most influential, the most listened to, the most respected organization in this town. You are the conscience of our larger community.”
Participating in our Centennial Summit & Gala were a spectrum of compelling speakers and panelists whose discourse on the successes and challenges of the day inspired and informed those in attendance. We invite you to read the agenda of the Summit & Gala and to consider the important work that remains for us to do together.