The ceremony was attended by more than 300 hundred people at the B’nai B’rith Hall in Montevideo. The award is originally named for Maximo Brenner (Z’L), founder of B’nai B’rith Uruguay, as well as a former president.
Winners of the award receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the State of Israel where the B’nai B’rith World Center prepares an intensive itinerary combining tourism with professional interchange, site visits and high-level briefings geared to fostering ongoing professional ties between the countries.
Folco will also enjoy a one week paid trip to the European country of her choice sponsored by the Brenner family.
Vice Minister of Education and Culture Oscar Gomez joined District 28 President Rafael Hodara, Maximo Brenner’s widow Esther Brenner and Discount Bank Manager Alberto Wezmann (sponsor for the trip to Israel) to present the award to Folco.
Gomez, in his remarks to those in attendance, emphasized the “remarkable work B’nai B’rith develops promoting community action and promoting culture in all levels, which is something that all our society is grateful and deserves our warmest thanks.”
Folco is a highly accomplished dancer, receiving various awards for her work in Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Spain, France and Germany. She is also a dance professor at the Universidad de la República.
“I feel deeply moved for this award,” Folco said. “It will be a challenge in my career in order to be able to learn from the high level of classic and modern dancing in Israel.”
Officers from the Ministry of Education and Culture and the National Uruguayan Ballet were in attendance. Of those deciding the winner of the award, the chair of the committee was Argentine choreographer and one of the most famous ballet dancers in history, Julio Bocca. Bocca currently serves as director of the National Uruguayan Ballet. His acceptance to chair the selection committee was a privilege and honor for B’nai B’rith and a strong backing to the work done by the organization in the last three decades presenting the Fraternidad Award.