Graham’s sons, David and Alex, to accept the award on his behalf
| January 16, 2019 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) is pleased to announce that they will be presenting the Loebenberg Humanitarian Award posthumously to iconic concert promoter Bill Graham, the subject of the current exhibition at the Museum Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. The presentation will take place during the Museum’s annual benefit, To Life: Rock, Roll, Remember on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at The Vinoy in downtown St. Petersburg. Graham’s sons, David and Alex, will be accepting the award on his behalf. |
“As a child refugee orphaned by the Holocaust, our father’s life trajectory sent him fleeing from the fate of malevolence and tyranny, towards the opportunities of peace and self-determination. Experiencing such contrast firsthand compelled him to fortify the sovereignty of others; pioneering an industry in the process. By championing the role that music and togetherness play in the dignity of life, he fostered harmony in the world,” said Alex Graham.
“This is a great honor. Our father’s life story certainly offers a template for how to be an agent for good in one’s community. It’s a special feeling to know that this still resonates with people,” said David Graham.
Bill Graham is recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history. He launched the careers of countless rock & roll legends, conceived rock & roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes, and was instrumental in the production of milestone benefit concerts. “As a child, his life was saved during the Holocaust through the actions of strangers,” said Elizabeth Gelman, Executive Director of The Florida Holocaust Museum. “He spent his adult life working to help millions of people he never knew.”