Katie Couric's Coming to Cincinnati to Help Present the Holocaust and Humanity Center's Upstander Awards

The Upstander Awards honor local people who use their character strengths to stand up for themselves and others, pursue justice in both big and small ways and inspire others to do the same.

May 18, 2023 at 1:51 pm
Katie Couric's Coming to Cincinnati to Help Present the Holocaust and Humanity Center's Upstander Awards
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A TV journalism legend will be in Cincinnati this June to help honor local people who are fighting for what’s right.

The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center recently announced the finalists for their 2023 Upstander Awards. The Upstander Awards recognize individuals in the region who use their character strengths to stand up for themselves and others, pursue justice in both big and small ways and inspire others to do the same. Out of hundreds of nominees, 27 finalists were selected:

  • Brittani Gray
  • Cass Steiner
  • Alethia Finley
  • Chloe Keil
  • Missy Spears
  • Jordan Klette-Cusher
  • Carlton Collins
  • Kayelin Tiggs
  • LeTecia Cunningham
  • Michele Berry Godsey
  • Whitney Blackston
  • Joshua Kayes
  • Imran Malik
  • Krystal Smalley
  • Joseph Waldon and Abigail Groszkiewic
  • Scott Smith
  • Polly Camrey
  • Mason Bailey
  • Tanya Keskar
  • David "Tex" Cho
  • Suzy DeYoung
  • Dominque Olbert
  • Evin Blomberg
  • Oliver Kroner
  • Sheryl Long
  • Dr. Kate Carlier Currie
  • Kristin Shrimplin

“This year’s applicant pool was incredibly large and very competitive, with hundreds of nominations that came in from across the community — each one more inspiring than the next,” David Wise, interim chief executive officer of the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, said in a release. “Our mission — using the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire a community of upstanders who exemplify the best of humanity today — this was the challenge that our founders laid out for us. We are here to carry on the legacy of these survivors. It is their spirit of hope, resilience, and their optimistic pursuit of a better world that inspires and animates our commitment today to the work of creating a community of upstanders.”

Learn more about the finalists here.

The winners will be announced at the Upstander Awards Dinner and Gala on Sunday, June 11 at 6 p.m. in Union Terminal’s rotunda, the home of the center’s award-winning museum and the place where Holocaust survivors arrived from war-torn Europe to restart their lives.

Award-winning journalist Katie Couric will serve as the Upstander Awards’ celebrity master of ceremonies. The public can attend the Awards Dinner, which includes a three-course meal, live music, art experiences and the awards ceremony, featuring Couric.

You can buy tickets to the Awards Dinner here.

The center will also be honoring present community leaders Kick Lee, Amy Spiller and Jaipal Singh (posthumously) with the 2023 Upstander Leader Awards.

Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave., West End. More info: holocaustandhumanity.org.


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