The Echo Foundation

A Night to Remember


Nobel Laureate for Peace Elie Wiesel
September 21, 2010  

Knight Theater & Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

A Night to Remember

With all the elegance and excitement of a Hollywood Premiere, The Echo Foundation rolls out its transformative documentary film, In The Footsteps of Elie Wiesel on the night of September 21, 2010.  Honoring philanthropists Sandra and Leon Levine with the 2010 Echo Award Against Indifference and featuring Nobel Laureate for Peace Elie Wiesel in an on-stage dialogue with Echo Student Ambassadors from the film, and musical performances by Cantor Joseph Malovany and The Bechtler Ensemble, the evening will be a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of our community, our students, and our commitment to humanity.


Elie and Students
Professor Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in Sighet, Transylvania, now part of Romania . He was fifteen years old when he and his family were deported by the Nazis. After the war he studied in Paris and later became a journalist. During an interview with the distinguished French writer, Francois Mauriac, he was persuaded to write about his experiences in the death camps. The result was his internationally acclaimed memoir, La Nuit, or Night, which has since been translated into more than thirty languages. Prof. Wiesel has since authored more than 40 books and received over one hundred honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning. A devoted supporter of Israel , Elie Wiesel has also defended the cause of groups facing persecution for religious, ethnic and cultural affiliations. In 1986 he founded the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity to further his work for humanity. Teaching has always been central to Elie Wiesel’s work, and since 1976, he has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University.


Night 1

In the Footsteps of Elie Wiesel,  a tale of opposing forces: evil and redemption, despair and hope, memory and discovery. Is also a testament to the power of personal witness and the possibility of human endurance and change. The film chronicles the journey of twelve Charlotte-Mecklenburg high school students as they trace life experiences and formative places of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. Profound insights shared by the students give audiences a unique window into the thought process that accompanies the coming of age. Over the course of their journey, the students realize it is up to them to create a more just and humane world. Featuring an introduction generously donated by Richard Gere, music by Cantor Joseph Malovany and original score by Fred Story.



Night 2

Community philanthropists Sandra and Leon Levine are the living example of Echo’s ideals, consistently demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to the community.  They have a longstanding reputation for leadership in theCharlotte region. With a powerful combination of business acumen, compassion and responsibility, 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, a crucial source of support for those in need.


Inspired by Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel’s 1997 visit to Charlotte , The Echo Foundation is a non-profit foundation that seeks to addresses issues of social justice through education. Our mission is “…to sponsor and facilitate those voices that speak of human dignity, justice and moral courage in a way that leads to positive action for humankind.”