Elie Wiesel Foundation Honors Tom Hanks (VIDEO)

October 19, 2012 11:46 am 5 comments

Tom Hanks and his wife with Elie Wiesel. Photo: Screenshot.

Actor Tom Hanks was honored Wednesday night by the Elie Wiesel Foundation at a gala at the New York Public Library for his philanthropy and contributions to society.

The Oscar-winner, who posed for pictures with Wiesel before the gala began,   told the Associated Press, “We’re American, and Americans take into account the common good. So in that regard, I feel very lucky and very blessed that I’ve been able to do that, when I’ve been able to do that.”

Below, watch video from the Associated Press of Hanks on the red carpet with wife Rita Wilson.

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  • Don’ vurry…dey can’t live wid’ us and dey can’t live wid’out us!!

    I always make sure I remind my goyishe critics near and far, that their friend Jesus lived and died a JEW-BOY!!

    You should seem ‘em stagger after THAT hits ‘em!!

    None of ‘em knows whut t’ say next!!

  • I GUESS THEY COULDNT FIND A WORTHY JEW WHO HAS DONE SUCH CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIETY…..
    well i guess my Jewish ancestry, my Jewish prophets that all the world loves to misquote to support their own contrived ‘religions’ such as xtian and islam’,my Jewish doctor, my Jewish accountant, my Jewish attorney, my Jewish scientist who invented my medication,my Jewish researchers who improved my cell phone, my Jewish cell phone innovator of the camera,my Jewish computer innovators of the ‘IQ” systems, my Jewish ”LAWS” of morality given to the world, my Jewsish nobel prize recepients, my Jewish …anything I touch was improved by Jews…and not one of them are worthy of receiving an award advising the world that they cant live without JEWISH CONTRIBUTIONS.

    EVEN MY SCHWARMA (IN PITA) SANDWICH WAS IMPROVED BY MY JEWISH CHEF

    • You don’t really understand the purpose of a lot of these dinners where they honor someone. They are often fundraising events where they sell seats and tables for very inflated prices, perhaps thousands per table. The idea is to get people to buy the seats and tables who might not otherwise give to the charity. The charity often selects someone who is generally worthy of the honor but is also likely to attract a large number of people who want to buy seats or tables. Those buying might want to buy the seats if they don’t want to be seen as snubbing the person honored. So, for example, a local office of the ADL or American Jewish Committee might pick a businessman with whom others in the community might want to curry favor, or at least, not curry disfavor.

      I’m not saying that’s the case here, but there are many reasons why a honoree is selected, and that includes the fact that the honoree is deemed worthy of being honored.

      In the case of a celebrity movie star, it might just be that many want to see him close up.

      I’m not familiar with Tom Hanks’ particular achievements leading to this honor, but I wouldn’t be that well informed about him. I’m sure the charity deemed him to be worthy. Whether this particular event was also for fundraising, it is very possible, but I don’t know for sure.

  • May The Allmighty bless you and your family for your goodness and you should always be blessed with good health Nd prosperity Amen! Leah Ivgy to Tom Hank & family

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