Houston in Concert Against Hate Honors Rockets Owner

  • August 1, 2016
Leslie Alexander

Leslie Alexander

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) plans a magical evening for 2016’s Houston In Concert Against Hate featuring the world-renowned Houston Symphony and honoring Houston Rockets Owner Leslie Alexander with its Community Champion Award.  Other honorees include Presbytery of the New Covenant General Presbyter Mike Cole receiving ADL’s Julie and Ben Rogers Ecumenism Award, and Houston Mayor Pro-Tem Ellen Cohen and Houston-area activist Cecil Fong receiving Civil Rights Hero Awards.  The Concert takes place October 20 at Jones Hall, and begins with a 6:00 p.m. VIP Meet and Greet with Rockets players, a 6:30 p.m. Rockets Reception, 8 p.m. Performance and 9:30 p.m. Dessert Finale.

The Concert will combine the beautiful, engaging and moving music of the Symphony with the stirring stories of the deserving honorees and the exuberance, cool factor and fun of the Houston Rockets for an unforgettable event. Attendees are sure to leave Jones Hall feeling moved and motivated.  The Concert will hit all the right notes, and sponsors and ticket buyers will know they have made a difference by supporting the work of ADL.

This year’s honorees are exceptional. Community Champion Leslie Alexander’s contributions to Houston include his ownership of the Rockets and decades of charitable giving, including the establishment of the Clutch City Foundation to provide “help, hope, and inspiration to those who might otherwise be forgotten.” The Clutch City Foundation supports many Houston community service programs, including ADL’s No Place for Hate® Partners Program which benefits hundreds of thousands of students.

This year, Mr. Alexander donated $500,000 to Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund, to help the thousands affected by Houston-area flooding. His unwavering dedication to animal rights also is well-known.

Reverend Cole will receive the Julie and Ben Rogers Ecumenism Award for his dedication to interfaith understanding. Cohen is being named a Civil Rights Hero for her public service, her advocacy for women and equal rights for everyone, and Fong is receiving a Civil Rights Hero award for promoting diversity and equal opportunity in business and the community.

Carol and Michael Goldberg serve as Event Chairs for Houston in Concert Against Hate.  Michael Goldberg says he and Carol are enthusiastic about their roles: “Carol and I are so excited about chairing this event, not just because of the deserving honoree, Leslie Alexander, and the worthwhile cause of the ADL, but because we know that the combination of the Rockets and a really uplifting concert by the symphony will make this one of the most enjoyable and different events of the year. Please come join us!”

Sponsorships for the Concert are available and individual tickets will soon be on sale. For more information on Houston in Concert Against Hate, contact Mari Welch at mwelch@adl.org.