Pictured left to right: ADL national director Abraham Foxman, Elizabeth Wilf, Jane Wilf, and Mark Wilf
On Tuesday, October 22, the families of Vikings owners Zygi, Mark and Lenny Wilf were honored as part of the Anti-Defamation League's Centennial Celebration at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Attended by more than 400 New York and New Jersey business and community leaders, the dinner recognized the Wilf and Pantirer families as part of the "Celebrating Life, Commitment and Continuity" event. ADL national director Abraham Foxman provided a moving keynote address before participating in the presentation of the awards to both families and in a tribute to the late U.S. Sentator Frank Lautenberg. As part of the program, Mr. Foxman presented the ADL video "Imagine a World Without Hate,” using as a backdrop John Lennon's "Imagine" and depicting an inspirational vision of what the world could be like without hatred and racial or religious discrimination and violence.
Those attending the dinner heard an impactful introduction of the families of Joseph and Harry Wilf, the fathers of Mark, Zygi and Lenny Wilf and the founders of Garden Homes, Inc., the Wilf's real estate development company based in New Jersey and New York. Mark Wilf accepted the evening's honor on behalf of the Wilf family and spoke about the importance of giving back to the community and building a world without hate. Wilf also honored the memory of Senator Lautenberg who was a family friend and a leader in human rights and civil rights policies and legislation that help define this country.
Business success for the Wilfs has always run on a parallel course to a deep involvement in philanthropic causes, including many efforts to better the lives of Jewish people in the United States and Israel. Since 1964, the Wilf Family Foundation has contributed millions of dollars in support of various educational, humanitarian, medical, religious and scientific institutions. The Wilf family remains committed to ideals and values of those who came before them, and this legacy continues through to their children as part of a multi-generational commitment to giving back to the community. The Wilf's leadership in community outreach has also been a cornerstone of their ownership of the Minnesota Vikings and has served as an example to all of the teams in the National Football League.
More information on the evening's event and honors, as well as background on the Anti-Defamation League, can be found by visiting www.ADL.org/centennial.