ADL Southeast Celebrates Torch of Liberty Award

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“The Anti-Defamation League is a global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism, and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens,” says Eytan Davidson, The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Southeast Regional Director. “ADL Southeast takes a holistic approach to fight hate and extremism in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee.” ADL monitors and exposes extremists and hate groups while working with law enforcement to respond to incidents of hate and antisemitism. 

ADL Southeast’s Torch of Liberty Award is presented annually to an individual or company that exemplifies ADL’s values and has helped shape Atlanta for the better.

This year, ADL Southeast is thrilled to honor CEO Ed Bastian and Delta Air Lines at the Torch of Liberty Award Celebration on Thursday, March 30, 2023. ADL’s Torch of Liberty is being hosted by Delta Flight Museum with catering by Affairs to Remember and musical performances by the Phunky Monkeys.

Torch of Liberty is ADL Southeast’s primary corporate fundraising event to help fulfill their mission to "fight hate for good". The evening’s celebration ensures that the work continues and that ADL’s ultimate vision of a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination, or intolerance, is not only possible but achievable. Past notable Torch of Liberty honorees includes Atlanta Hawks and CEO Steve Koonin, Arthur Blank and ATL United, The Coca-Cola Company, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

This year’s event is co-chaired by Barry Berlin and Ilene Berman. Barry and Ilene were both introduced to ADL at a time when they were looking to have more philanthropic opportunities as a part of their lives.

Barry’s involvement came after meeting the regional director of ADL at an event in Atlanta a few years ago. “I offered to get involved and find a way to help the organization’s effort in Atlanta,” says Barry. “Antisemitism and other forms of hate have accelerated in recent years, so the timing of getting involved seemed particularly appropriate.”   

 Ilene began her volunteer efforts over five years ago. She has volunteered with the ADL Education Committee’s “No Place for Hate” campaign and has served on the planning committee for ADL Jurisprudence Award Luncheon. Ilene is excited to co-chair the Torch of Liberty Award Celebration because it is different from the typical Atlanta fundraising event. “It really brings people together and it celebrates our honoree in a way that is exciting and fun,” says Ilene. “It is just so unique to all of the different agencies that are trying to raise money to help fight antisemitism, bigotry, and hate.”  

Together Barry and Ilene bring years of experience, expertise, and passion to this year’s Torch of Liberty Award Celebration. Their work has created incredible momentum surrounding this year’s Torch of Liberty Award as corporations and individual donors from across Atlanta and beyond join in the celebration of ADL Southeast. It is definitely going to be a night for everyone to remember.

For more information about the work of ADL Southeast or to sponsor this year’s Torch of Liberty Award Celebration please visit

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