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Perlman Awarded Genesis Prize


Violinist and Local 802 (New York City) member Itzhak Perlman has been selected as the 2016 Genesis Prize Laureate. The annual $1million award is given to individuals who have achieved extraordinary professional success, have made a significant contribtion to humanity, and inspire others through their engagement and dedication to the Jewish community and the State of Israel. Previous awardees include Michael Bloomberg, as well as Michael Douglas.

Genesis Prize Chair and Co-Founder Stan Polovets describes why Perlman is an ideal Genesis Prize Laureate: “A 16-time Grammy award winner, he has been an incredible source of inspiration for individuals with special needs by overcoming tremendous challenges after having been severely disabled by polio at age four. And he has given back to society by dedicating virtually all of his free time and significant resources to teaching young talented musicians and to serving as an advocate for individuals with disabilities.”

Perlman was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom last November. He says that he plans to direct the $1 million prize money to initiatives he is passionate about.