The Humanitarian Award is presented annually by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust to individuals or groups that have demonstrated the spirit of humanity through volunteer work, advocacy, leadership and/or philanthropy in their community, thereby fighting indifference, intolerance, and injustice.
2017 Humanitarian Award Recipient: Vernon M. Keenan, Director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation
(Photo: Georgia Bureau of Investigation)
Vernon M. Keenan was appointed Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) by Governor Sonny Purdue in 2003. He was re-appointed on 2011 by Governor Nathan Deal. He has been a member of the GBI since 1973. During Keenan's career, he has been promoted to every rank in the GBI's Investigative Division.
Dr. Andrea Videlefsky
|2011||Governor Nathan Deal|
|2010||Governor Sonny Perdue|
|2009||Michael A. Morris, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum|
|2008||Eli M. Rosenbaum|
|2007||Holocaust Memorial Museum, Leesburg Middle School
We Remember: A Memorial for the Children of the Holocaust, Habersham County Middle School
Children's Holocaust Memorial and Paper Clip Project, Whitwell Middle School
|2006||Rescuers of Baby Noor: Captain Anthony Fournier, First Lieutenant Billy Chau, First Lieutenant Jeffery Morgan, First Lieutenant Charles Morgan, First Sergeant Sergeant Michael Sonen, Staff Sergeant Archer Ford, Sergeant Nicholas Jelks
Charlie Company First Battalion 121st Infantry 48th Bridage Combat Team, Georgia Army National Guard
|2005||Dr. Robert R. Friedmann|
|2004||Jaap Polak, Chairman Emeritus of Anne Frank USA|
|2003||General Raymond G. Davis|
|2002||Reverend Gerald D. Durley and Rabbi Steven Lebow|
|2001||Senator Vincent D. Ford|
|2000||Senator Max Cleland|
|1998||Dr. Marvin C. Goldstein|
|1996||Pat Conroy, author|
|1995||Thomas B. Murphy|
|1994||Governor Zell Miller|
2015 Chairman's Liftetime Achievement Award Winner: Ambassador Opher Aviran, Consul General of Israel to the Southeast U.S.
Opher Aviran was appointed in August 2010 to serve as the Consul General of Israel to the Southeastern United States. Aviran joined Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983, having since served at the Embassy in Rangoon, Burma, the Embassy of Israel in The Hague in the Netherlands, and the Embassy in Canberra, Australia. In October 2014, Aviran was promoted to the rank of Ambassador. Click here to read more.
(Photo: April 17, 2015 - Chairman Michael Altman with Ambassador Opher Aviran)
|2013||Congressman Phil Gingrey|
|2012||Charles Edwards, CEO and President of Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency|
|2010||Dr. Allan Gathercoal|
Judy Serritella, Coordinator of Library Media Services, Georgia Department of Education
Rick Foster, Senior Project Manager, Optech Monnett LLC