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Elie was my hero, teacher, mentor, and a dear friend. His work inspired me to help people who help others and as The Giving Back Fund proudly celebrates its 25th anniversary – I wish every day that he could be here so that I could honor him with a lifetime achievement award at our annual event and tell him how his life inspired so much good in the world. “

 – Marc Pollick, President and Founder of The Giving Back Fund

Students from Morningside High School are actively engaged in the project in what has become a unique outdoor classroom.

Sometimes the stars align, and this year they are aligning for a good cause. Empathy, humanity & philanthropy take the field next to the Super Bowl stadium as world-famous crop artist & activist Stan Herd and The Giving Back Fund create a portrait to remember. 

Herd and his team, comprised of artists, students and volunteers from Morningside High School, have created a beautiful living portrait of Author, Holocaust Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel. Elie’s famous words will rise up above the field and remind us that now, perhaps more than ever, we need to prioritize humanity and empathy in a world that feels very divisive.

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Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

The Jewish author, philosopher, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and humanist Elie Wiesel made it his life’s work to bear witness to the genocide committed by the Nazis during World War II. He was the world’s leading spokesman on the Holocaust.

After Hitler’s forces had moved into Hungary in 1944, the Wiesel family was deported to the Auschwitz extermination camp in Poland. Elie Wiesel’s mother and younger sister perished in the gas chamber there. In 1945 Elie and his father were sent on to Buchenwald, where his father died of starvation and dysentery. Seventeen-year-old Elie was still alive when American soldiers opened the camp.

For the world to remember and learn from the Holocaust was not Elie Wiesel’s only goal. He thought it equally important to fight indifference and the attitude that “it’s no concern of mine”. Elie Wiesel saw the struggle against indifference as a struggle for peace. In his words, “The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference”.

Stan Herd, World-Renowned Crop Artist & Activist

Herd’s artworks have spanned 40 years and include works with major companies in commercial endeavors alongside his monumental fine art earthworks in China, Cuba, Australia, Brazil and in 13 states in the US. 

The artist’s activism and community involvement has helped define this new art form while embracing his love of the Land and the first Native Peoples of the Americas whose embrace of nature defined their culture.  

As a progressive activist, Herd has embraced this community-driven art form to bring attention to a multitude of issues showcasing the environment, science, sustainable agriculture and the humanities which all connect on a common theme regarding the ‘human condition’ in the world today.  

All proceeds will fund non-profit programs and educational initiatives to encourage young people to follow Elie Wiesel’s lifetime commitment to standing up against injustice.