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George Lucas and Mellody Hobson honoured by USC Shoah Foundation

George Lucas and Mellody Hobson honoured by USC Shoah Foundation
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USC Shoah Foundation Honors Mellody Hobson and George Lucas at the 2016 Ambassadors for Humanity Gala

We reported last month that George Lucas and Mellody Hobson were to be honoured by the USC Shoah Foundation for their dedicated commitment to education and the gala event took place two days ago at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles, California.  The USC Shoah Foundation tells us:

In recognition for their longstanding commitment to humanitarian efforts and education, Mellody Hobson and George Lucas were presented December 7 with the Ambassador for Humanity Award by Steven Spielberg, USC trustee and founder of USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education.Hobson is the president of Ariel Investments. Lucas is one of the world's most distinguished filmmakers.The husband and wife have long been supporters of the Institute, as well as advocates of children’s education. Hobson is the chairwoman of After School Matters, a nonprofit that provides Chicago teens with high-quality, out-of-school time programs. Lucas founded The George Lucas Educational Foundation in 1991 to foster innovative teaching techniques.

Spielberg praised their dedication to making the world a better place. His deep affection and playfulness also came through.Mellody and George possess courage and vision and humanity,” he said. “They are fearless when it comes to pointing out hypocrisy and injustice. They have both led lives of the greatest integrity and the highest accomplishment. And look at them – they are just so cute.”

George Lucas accepted his award first and took the opportunity to talk about his own personal performance in school.  He told us he was a C- student and the importance of teachers and schools having the appropriate facilities to bring out the best in students “There are great schools, there are great educational practices, but what I discovered is none of them are written down,” he said. “Nobody collects them or archives them or makes them available. So when the group of teachers that are or doing it right. In a few years they dissipate and everybody forgets what happened. That’s what got me started in education.”

Read more on the USC Shoah Foundation website

George Lucas and Mellody Hobson honoured by USC Shoah Foundation
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George Lucas and Mellody Hobson honoured by USC Shoah Foundation
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George Lucas and Mellody Hobson honoured by USC Shoah Foundation
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  1. This place was amazing! Great food, it's smaller than others I guess but it is still a fair sized fun. The decor at this venue was amazing as every note of music reverberates off the beautiful walls. Everything about these venues in San Francisco is nothing less than 5 stars.


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