The Anti-Defamation League will honor Anne Tyler Calabresi, Dr. Gloria Holmes and Sydney A. Perry at the Anti-Defamation League’s 2015 Greater New Haven Torch of Liberty Award Reception, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, in Woodbridge, Conn. The Torch of Liberty Award is presented annually to outstanding citizens whose extraordinary work has helped to strengthen the Greater New Haven community. This year’s theme is “Impacting the Next Generation” and ADL is honoring three extraordinary women who have done just that.
Anne Tyler Calabresi is a social anthropologist, freelance writer, social activist, philanthropist and arts patron who has been active in the organization of several major New Haven initiatives. She is the Founding Director of New Haven’s International Festival of Arts & Ideas, which helped to revive New Haven economically while supporting the arts and has grown into one of the Northeast’s largest and most significant cultural destinations. She is the co-founder and past chair of LEAP (Leadership Education and Athletics in Partnership), which develops the strengths and talents of young leaders by implementing year-round programming designed to achieve positive academic and social outcomes for children living in high-poverty urban neighborhoods. Earlier in 2015, Anne founded Sunshine Café, which offers free breakfast in New Haven to all members of the community and aims to connect people of all backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses. Additionally, Anne was a member of ADL’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute (AWOD) Organizing Committee 25 years ago. AWOD has since become Connecticut’s leading provider of anti-bias and anti-bullying education, reaching more than 20,000 students throughout the state each year. She resides in Woodbridge with her husband, The Honorable Guido Calabresi.
Dr. Gloria Holmes is a professor at the School of Education at Quinnipiac University, where she has served as both chair and director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program. A lifelong educator, Gloria is an advocate for social justice and multicultural education and has worked tirelessly to promote cultural literacy in schools and in her professional community. In addition to preparing teachers to become advocates and leaders for social justice and social change, she facilitated university-wide diversity programming and professional development for a number of years. In 2008, Gloria was awarded a Community Leadership Fellowship by the William C. Graustein Memorial Fund, and she has received many other awards, including the Legendary Women award from Perfect Blend, the Multicultural Leadership Award from Quinnipiac University, the James Marshall Service Award from the Quinnipiac University Faculty Senate, and the Multicultural Teacher of the Year Award in Higher Education from the National Association of Multicultural Education. She currently serves on the boards of the New Haven Family Alliance and the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT), and is a diversity trainer for ADL’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute. She is a former board member of United Way of Greater New Haven, the Friends Center for Children, and the New Haven Public Education Network. Gloria resides in East Haven.
Sydney A. Perry is the Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of New Haven. She has been nominated for national awards for educational initiatives and serves on committees of the Jewish Educational Society of North America and Bureau Director’s Fellowship. She has received the Eisner Award for community service, the Gan School’s Pillar of the Community Award, Ezra Academy’s Distinguished Leader Award, Brandeis University Award, BBYO’s Eitz Chaim Award for her commitment to teens, as well as recognition from the public school systems of New Haven and Hamden for her work in Holocaust education and prejudice reduction. As the leader of the largest New England contingent to “March of the Living” which brings students from all over the word to Poland to study about the Holocaust and examine the impact of prejudice, she has taught the preparatory course and participated in Marches six times. Sydney has been honored by the New Haven Jewish Historical Society, the Academy for Jewish Religion and her own synagogue, the Westville Synagogue. Additionally, she has served on the board of the Westville Synagogue and was president of the New Haven Mikvah Society. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Forward Association, The Urban League, Booker T. Washington School, the Hartford Seminary and Cycle for Unity. Sydney resides in New Haven.