Steve Carell, Halle Berry among top celebs at Ford gala – Detroit Free Press
Hollywood stars Steve Carell and Halle Berry joined other A-list celebrities at an exclusive gala Thursday night at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, hours after an announcement to expand a program encouraging teens to learn tolerance and respect.
The University of Southern California Shoah Foundation tweeted from the event photos of James Taylor performing and Bill Ford Jr. receiving a humanity award from the foundation.
Hours earlier, Ford and film-maker Steven Spielberg announced a $180,000 donation by Ford Motor Co. to the iWitness program, part of the Shoah Foundation. The foundation, created by Spielberg in 1994, uses visual testimonies from survivors to educate people about the Holocaust and other genocides.
Carell hosted the gala, and Berry spoke on educational outreach, according to the tweets.
Holocaust survivor Paula Lebovics was quoted speaking at the gala: “Through our testimonies we will be able to teach the future.” She is among survivors featured in videos on the Shoah Foundation website.
iWitness is an educational website that provides more than 1,500 testimonies from survivors and witnesses of genocide. It already is being used by 450 teachers in Michigan, including in about two dozen schools in metro Detroit. Henry Ford Academy is one of those schools.
Ford’s contribution will help expand the program to more schools and sponsor the program’s annual video challenge. That challenge gets students, inspired by the voices they hear in the testimonies, to build videos about how they contributed to making their communities a better place.
Carell, best known for starring in TV comedy series “The Office,” has been in numerous popular films including “The 40-year-old Virgin” and “Anchorman.” Berry received an Academy Award for the 2001 film “Monster’s Ball” and has been in numerous popular films including more recently, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Cloud Atlas.”
Spielberg directed such legendary films as “Schindler’s List,” “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park.”
Free Press staff writer Lori Higgins contributed to this report.
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