ADL institute pays tribute to COCA and Affton High

The Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference Institute will present the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), Affton High School senior Joshua Krakos and Affton educator Brian Jennings with the inaugural David M. Grebler Memorial Award. The award pays tribute to the recipients for their work combatting anti-bias and hate.  

The event will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 at Jazz St. Louis, 3536 Washington Ave. and feature entertainment from Jazz St. Louis’ UJazz and the COCA’s jazz vocal ensemble, Allegro. The cost is $60 a person.

COCA is being honored for its commitment to social justice and arts education; Jennings and Krakos lead Affton High School’s No Place for Hate anti-bias awareness campaign, which challenges bias, bigotry and discrimination.  The award is named for the late Grebler, who died in 2012, and served as twice chair of the ADL’s regional advisory board. He also was a former president of the Jewish Light Board of Trustees.

The ADL’s A World of Difference Institute creates anti-bias learning for early childhood institutions, K-12 schools, police, community service agencies and corporations. Money raised from the event will benefit institute programs.

Honorary event co-chairs are Ken Kranzberg and Debbi Grebler.  For ticket and sponsorship information, go to