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2011 Multicultural Alliance Annual Awards Dinner


Thursday April 28, 2011 - The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel

60 Years: Looking Back and Looking Forward at the Multicultural Alliance Annual Awards Dinner


Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger - Honoree

Rabbi Mecklenburger joins a stellar group of past honorees of the Multicultural Alliance.No one bridges
the past, present, and future of the Multicultural Alliance like Rabbi Mecklenburger.

Rabbi Mecklenburger is truly a mensch—Yiddish for a person of integrity and honor. Rabbi
Mecklenburger has been involved with the Multicultural Alliance for over 25 years. He has served in a
multiplicity of roles including board membership both locally and nationally, resource scholar,
interfaith dialogue facilitator and participant. In 1988 Rabbi Mecklenburger served on the national board
of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. At a board meeting, he learned of the seminary
interfaith program and brought the concept to the area. This four-day retreat continues to prepare
outstanding seminarians for their future roles as religious leaders in an interfaith, pluralistic and
harmonious society.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, he grew up in suburban Chicago. He graduated magna cum laude from
the University of Cincinnati and received advanced degrees from Hebrew Union College-Jewish
Institution of Religion. He was ordained in 1972 and served congregations in San Francisco and
Ann Arbor before his move to Fort Worth to serve Beth-El Congregation as senior rabbi in 1984.

Rabbi Mecklenburger is an adjunct faculty member at Brite Divinity School, TCU and is the Jewish
co-chairof the Texas Conference of Churches' Jewish-Christian Forum. He has served on the Board
of the American Red Cross. He currently serves on the Boards of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth
 and Tarrant County, the Jewish Family Service Agency, and the advisory committee for Samaritan House.

Rabbi Mecklenburger is married to Ann, and they have two children-  both who attended Camp

Rabbi Mecklenburger's acceptance speech



Paul Jung - Dinner Chair

Paul Jung’s hometown is New York City. His professional life has included many hats during
his 25 years of work experience. His corporate career has primarily focused on the high tech industry,
with jobs as a lead software engineer, director of professional services, sales executive, and business
consultant/road warrior. His artistic career included a ten-year span as a professional actor in New York.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Paul and his wife Ashlee, who is from Fort Worth,  moved in 2003 as their toddler began to outgrow
New York apartment living. The couple owns a boutique recruiting solutions firm, The Jung Group.
Paul lends his expertise to large corporations and small organizations as they look to innovate their
business operations  through technology. He occasionally scratches his acting itch, performing in
local stage productions.

More recently, Paul has focused his energies on a startup company based in Fort Worth, as
Co-Founder and President of Bodhi Bicycles. The flagship product is a line of innovative electric
bicycles which debuts this summer.

Paul became a member of the Multicultural Alliance board in 2008, after his mother-in-law attended
the Multicultural Alliance Annual Awards Dinner. She suggested that he might be interested.
She was right.

Paul Jung's remarks at 2011 Dinner


Emily Tranthan - Lifetime Acheivement Award

Emily Trantham is the first beneficiary of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Her 25-year career
with the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the antecedent to the Multicultural Alliance,
makes her an ideal recipient.  

Many historical events shaped Emily’s career path, but none more important than growing-up
in Little Rock, Arkansas, during the time of racially segregated schools. While in high school,
she observed the Little Rock Nine entering Little Rock Central High School. She was inspired
by their courage and the courage of their parents. A powerful and lingering memory, Emily
dedicated a significant part of her career helping to eradicate bias, bigotry and racism.

Other pivotal experiences for Emily were her interfaith relationships, which also began in high
school. When her school closed her junior year, she attended high school at First Baptist Church
of Little Rock. She alwaysknew being Jewish was important to her and it was there she realized
how important faith is to others, too. This importance was continually solidified with her
participation in interfaith partnerships.

In the 1960s, Emily moved to Fort Worth with her husband Richard. She attended the University
of Texas at Arlington and obtained both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree of Psychology. Her early
career was with the American Red Cross and an insurance company.

In 1981 she became the Executive Director of NCCJ and held that position until 2006. Under the
guidance of the National office, Emily implemented many programs that addressed bias,
bigotry and racism. During her tenure, the City of FortWorth Human Relations Commission
recognized the significance of NCCJ with the “Good Neighborhoods/Good Neighbors Award.”

View 2011 Dinner pictures             Video Invocation          Video of MCA History, Interfaith Work and Community  

 Video of Camp CommUNITY and MCA Impact (includes a Happy Anniversary segment at the end)

Thank you to all program participants, attendees and 2011 Dinner Sponsors for supporting the Multicultural Alliance and
celebrating 60 years with us.



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