The Anne Frank Humanitarian Award

The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it is indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it is indifference. Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.Elie Wiesel

Please join us and our guest speakers for an Award Presentation and Dessert Reception to honor the recipients of the 2022 Anne Frank Humanitarian Award


The Florida Holocaust Museum
55 Fifth Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

Hillsborough Award Reception
Tuesday, May 10
Doors open at 5:00 pm,
program begins at 6:30 pm

Hillsborough County Schools Keynote Speaker:
Tampa Police Chief Mary O’Connor Honorary Co-Chair Gayle Sierens

Pinellas County Award Reception
Wednesday, May 11
Doors open at 5:00 pm,
program begins at 6:30 pm

Pinellas County Schools Keynote Speaker:
Senator Jeff Brandes

Manatee, Pasco, and Sarasota County Award Reception
Thursday, May 12
Doors open at 5:00pm,
program begins at 6:30 pm

Sarasota, Manatee and Pasco County Schools Keynote Speaker:
Sarasota County Commissioner and Sarasota Mayor (2020 -2021) Hagan Brody

Please RSVP to Program Coordinator Susan Ballinger 727.820.0100, ext. 250 or by May 1st with your name, school, county, and number of guests (up to 2)

*Suggested attire is dressy casual*

The Anne Frank Humanitarian Award, established in 2001, honors outstanding humanitarian efforts by high school juniors in public and private schools in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Sarasota, and Manatee counties.

Principals and guidance counselors recommend students for this prestigious award who have made a conscious decision to better the lives of other individuals or groups both inside and outside of school activities.

These students are recognized both at their schools as well as at the Museum. Legislators, educators, family, and friends are invited to join the Museum in honoring these students.

The Florida Holocaust Museum’s award has the endorsement of the Anne Frank House in New York. 


Anne Frank Humanitarian Award Committee

Co-Chairs: Renée Walter, Traci Klein
Honorary Co-Chair: Gayle Sierens
Founder: Irene Weiss
Nancy Greenberg, Nancy Paikoff, Lisl Schick, Jody Sherman
Hillsborough County
Co-Chairs: Meral Ginsberg and Vicki Weissman
Corky Arkovich, Cindy Armstrong, Nathaniel Doliner,
Etta Donnell, Jen Doscher, Susan Glickman, Harry Heuman,
Angela Ogden, Stacy Paree, Aakash Patel, Brendon Rennert,
Mary Rhinehardt, Rose Rosen, Hillary Rosenberg,
Amanda Saft, Susan Scott, Michele Shapiro, Jeanette Sosa,
Debbie Steinfeld, Joyce Tawil, Robin Winkler


Pasco County
Co-Chairs: Rhoda Langstein and Brandy Gold
Jackie Albin, Hope Buksam, Carol Hess, Bonnie Miele, Nancy Paikoff
Pinellas County
Co-Chairs: Jenny Alexander and Kathy Madow
Barbara Baccari, Marcy Daniels, Dr. Bruce Epstein,
Elizabeth Gelman, Elana Gootson, Lisa Harris,
Maria Johnston, Jackie Kanner, Maxine Kaufman,
Debbie Lieberman, Nancy Maza, Sue Rosenbluth,
Debbie Rothberg, Lisl Schick, Abby Sterensis, Robin Warren


Manatee and Sarasota Counties
Co-Chairs: Shirley Stepp and Rose Holloway
Susan Kilman, Mary H. Northrup, Danielle Smotkin

For information on the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award program, please contact Susan Ballinger by email or call (727) 820-0100 ext. 250.

It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.Anne Frank, July 15, 1944

Support the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award program

Anne Frank Humanitarian Award recipients each receive a Florida Holocaust Museum Family Membership and two guest passes. Family Memberships are valued at $85, and guest passes are valued at $32.

If you would like to support the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award program by underwriting a Family Membership or guest passes for AFHA recipients, please visit the Donate Now page. Add to the comments section that you would like the donation be made to The Anne Frank Humanitarian Award program.

Thank you for your support.

How wonderful is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.Anne Frank

2022 Anne Frank Humanitarian Awards

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