The Spirit of Hope Benefit is a once a year fundraising event for the Jewish community in the City of Toronto and brings together top business leaders, philanthropists, community and political leaders in a celebration of the “rights and freedoms championed by Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center”.
Past speakers have included former Prime Minister Stephen Harper; former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney; former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair; President Bill Clinton; President George W. Bush; Vice President Al Gore; Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani; Democratic pundit James Carville; Republican strategists Karl Rove and Governor Mike Huckabee; Australian Prime Minister John Howard; Sirs Elie Wiesel and Salmon Rushdie and panelists Gloria Borger, Donna Brazile, Robert Gibbs, Alan Dershowitz, Bob Woodward and David Gergen.
The event, according to the organizers is designed to foster dialogue about some of the most relevant issues of the day, looks at the big questions including globalization, human rights, freedom and democracy, the Middle East and international affairs in an effort to make sense of the world in which we live.
This years guest(s) of honor were keynote speaker Shimon Peres, The Ninth President of the State of Israel, and special guest, former U.S. Secretary of State (1973-1977) Henry Kissinger.
Tickets for the event ranged in price from $360 (friend Sponsor) which included dinner to $150,000 (Major Sponsor) which included 2 tables for 10 front and center, VIP photoline with choice of 1 featured speaker, an exclusive cocktail reception, marketing in advertisements, signage at the even and recognition in the program book.
The event was SOLD OUT.
More photos taken at the event by ASN’s own senior editor Jeremy Oliver can be seen at the link below: