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FAU Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education to Host Tribute Dinner

BOCA RATON, FL (December 15, 2009) – FAU’s Interim President John Pritchett and the University’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education will host “The Paragons of Virtue Tribute Dinner” featuring keynote speaker Arlene Herson, on Monday, January 11, 2010 at the Live Oak Pavilion in FAU’s Student Union, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

The dinner will honor individuals and institutions whose generous contributions allowed the Center to sustain its programs through June 2010 after public funding was discontinued by the State due to recent budget cuts. The event also will heighten awareness of the Center’s important mission of “promoting respect for all people through the study of the Holocaust, genocide and human rights,” and the need to ensure that its important work continues in schools and throughout the local community.

“We remain grateful to generous donors who have stepped forward to save the Center when budget cuts threatened its existence,” said Dr. Rose Gatens, director of the Center. “As incidents of anti-Semitism and heightened hostility against immigrant groups and people of color remain on the rise, the Center’s work remains more important than ever in our community.”

“The Paragons of Virtue Tribute Dinner” honorees are Ethel and Simon Flegg of the Ferris Corporation N.V.; Mr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Gallatin; Mr. Arthur M. Gutterman; the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County; the League for Educational Awareness of the Holocaust (LEAH); the Memorial Library of New York; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Pechter; the C & J Viner Family Foundation; Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Weiss of the Norman Shulevitz Foundation; and Betty Zinman of the Philip Zinman Foundation.

Herson, the national chair of the Legacy of Light Society of the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., will speak about the importance of area programs such as the Center at FAU, and the valuable role each one  plays in remembering the lessons of the Holocaust, educating young people against genocide and hatred, and promoting a respect for all people through teaching, research and community outreach.

The dinner is open to the public, and tickets are $90 per person. A tribute journal distributed at the event recognizing special individuals or others through advertisements and sponsorships also will help raise funds for the Center.

The Center was established in 1996 by the Florida Department of Education to support teachers implementing the state’s mandate for Holocaust education, and seeks to educate students about the Holocaust in order to nurture citizens who recognize prejudice and hatred, including anti-Semitism and racism; understand that such beliefs can lead to genocide; know how to intervene against prejudice and hatred; be prepared to act on behalf of others, even those that may not know; and understand citizens’ responsibility for upholding democracy in a pluralistic society.

For information or to purchase dinner tickets, contact Dr. Rose Gatens at 561-297-2929 or


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