This elegant affair, which included a performance by world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli, was attended by many well-known members of the Philadelphia community. Among the speakers at the event was Gov. Ed Rendell, who extolled Rubin’s many philanthropic and business efforts, including his having resurrected the Bellevue Hotel and making it a landmark on the Avenue of the Arts.
NMAJH selected Rubin as its honoree precisely because of his lifetime of service to the Philadelphia business, cultural and philanthropic community, particularly his commitment to the Jewish museum. Rubin is a longtime member of museum’s board of trustees, and he recently completed a seven-year term as board co-chair. Barsky describes the museum’s selection of Rubin as follows:
The Only in America Gala celebrates individuals who embody the ‘Dream, Dare, Do’ spirit of the museum, and Ron Rubin could not be a more deserving honoree. Ron has made a profound and lasting impact on the growth and success of the institution, from working tirelessly to secure our location on historic Independence Mall to helping to build a strong foundation for the museum’s future. As the former co-chair of our board, Ron continues to raise the bar for being a dedicated supporter of the museum. He also happens to be one of the world’s great guys.
Photos by Bonnie Squires