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News Linda Lavin, Lainie Kazan, and Raúl Esparza Will Perform at Blue Card Gala The evening will be hosted by Tony Shalhoub.
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The Blue Card, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding Holocaust survivors, will host its annual benefit gala November 21 at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.

Tony nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Tony Shalhoub will host the evening, which will feature a cocktail reception and seated dinner as well as performances by Tony winner Linda Lavin, Lainie Kazan, and Tony nominee Raúl Esparza. It will also feature a performance from the cast of the upcoming Broadway play Indecent by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel.

Additional honorees include U.S. Senator Charles Schumer; The New York City Council; Human Rights lawyer and founder of the Lawfare Project, Brooke Goldstein; Leo Rechter, founder and president of The National Association of Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors (NAHOS), who will receive the Max L. Heine Humanitarian Award; and Broadway, film, and television actor Mimi Lieber, The Blue Card President Emeritus.

“The Blue Card is proud to recognize Senator Schumer, Brooke Goldstein, the New York City Council, Mimi Lieber and Leo Rechter, for their dedication to raising awareness of the current plight of Holocaust survivors in the United States who are so critically in need of financial assistance,” said Masha Pearl, executive director of The Blue Card, in a statement. “For those individuals that survived the atrocities of the Holocaust, many are struggling to make ends meet in the face of a growing number of medical issues, the rising cost of living and challenges navigating the health systems. The mission of The Blue Card, to help survivors live their remaining years in dignity, is incredibly time-sensitive as at least 50 percent of Holocaust survivors alive today will pass away within the next 10 to 20 years. We greatly appreciate the work of this year’s honorees, and are looking to the larger community to help spread awareness about those still in need.”

Cocktails will begin at 6 PM with dinner at 6:30 PM.

Individual tickets start at $400 and tables at $4,000. Tickets can be purchased by calling Milana Baazov at The Blue Card at (212) 239-2251 or by visiting

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