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March 12, 1997, as the culmination of a community-wide, year-long educational Elie Wiesel Project, internationally revered humanitarian and Nobel Laureate for Peace Elie Wiesel spoke “Against Indifference” to more than 23,000 students and adults. So inspired was he by this visit to Charlotte that, as he left, he challenged the community to act on its convictions in the critical areas of human dignity, justice and moral courage.

Then, in an extraordinary act of faith in action, he offered seed money and his own assistance in obtaining speakers and developing programs to address these critical issues. And so, rather than allow his visit to pass like a benevolent breeze, we decided to harness it, using it to create The Echo Foundation and our mission:

With Elie Wiesel serving as Honorary Chair, The Echo Foundation…promotes justice and inspires hope through education, service and the development of leadership for a more humane world.

17th Annual Echo Award Event

Economics of Democracy: The Ben Bernanke Project
September 17, 2015 6:00 – 9:30 PM
McGlohon Theater & Foundation For The Carolinas
Presenting Sponsor
PNC Bank


event1DR. BEN BERNANKE, Sandra & Leon Levine Medal For Life, Inaugural Recipient

Ben S. Bernanke, Former Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; and Distinguished Fellow in Residence, Economic Studies, Brookings Institution, this year’s Keynote Speaker, will receive the inaugural Sandra & Leon Levine Medal For Life, for his courage and leadership throughout the recent economic crisis. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, Dr. Bernanke taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (1979-1985) and at Princeton University (1985-2002), where he also served as chair of the economics department. He has written extensively on macroeconomics, monetary economics, and economic history. Dr. Bernanke earned degrees from Harvard University (BA, 1975) and MIT (Ph.D., 1979). He is married and has two children.


event2THOMAS W. ROSS, 2015 Award Against Indifference Recipient

Thomas W. Ross, Sr. became president of the University of North Carolina system in 2011. Prior to his current position, he was director of North Carolina ‘s Administrative Office of the Courts and in 2001, he stepped down to take on the role of executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. After serving the philanthropic world at Reynolds, Ross returned to his alma mater, Davidson College , as President. He stayed in this role from 2007 until he assumed his current position. Ross remains involved in his local community by serving on numerous advisory boards related to the humanities and athletics. Ross attained a bachelor’s degree in political science from DavidsonCollege (1972) and a law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill (1975). He is married and has two children.



Community philanthropists Sandra and Leon Levine are the living example of Echo’s ideals, consistently demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to the community. The Levines have been a driving force behind the development of medical, religious, educational and arts infrastructures across the community.  Among the many institutions that bear their name are the Levine Children’s Hospital, Levine and Dickson Hospice House, Shalom Park, UNC Charlotte, Levine Museum of the New South, Levine Center for the Arts, Queens University, and Central Piedmont Community College.  In the wake of the financial downturn, the Levines helped launch the Critical Need Response Fund. This year, they will present the inaugural Levine Medal For Life to Ben Bernanke.


Award Ceremony & Gala Reception

Tribute Ambassador$10,0004 Guest Invitations, Elite Seating, Program Recognition, Echo Society Membership
Ambassador$5,0004 Guest Invitations, Program Recognition, Echo Society Membership
Patrons’ Package$3,00010 Guest Invitations
Individual Elite Tickets$1,0002 Invitations with Elite Seating
Individual Patrons’ Tickets$3001 Invitation

For additional sponsorship opportunities please contact The Echo Foundation at 704-347-3844


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