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‘Celebrate Heritage’ Event Raises More Than $240,000 for FAU’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education

BOCA RATON, FL (March 19, 2012) – The Friends of the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education (CHHRE) at Florida Atlantic University recently hosted the “Celebrate Heritage: Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, Music, Live Auction and Fine Jewelry” event to benefit the Center. More than 150 guests attended the event, which took place at the Eleanor R. Baldwin House on FAU’s Boca Raton campus.

Marilyn Simon Weinberg, Elyssa Kupferberg, Marci Langley and Marianne Lerner served as co-chairs of the event, which raised more than $240,000. Proceeds will benefit the Center’s educational programs in the Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Glades and Okeechobee County School Districts.

“As a volunteer to this effort, I can find no greater need in our community than to sustain the important work of the Center in training over 350 teachers and 10,000-plus students annually here in our local community to diminish prejudice and hatred,” said Weinberg. “We need to continue to broaden our fundraising outreach to those who believe in the need to combat bigotry and hatred to create a better world for people of all races, religions and cultures to enjoy.”

The event included an exciting live auction by auctioneer Jack Fox; a silent auction; a Men’s Corner; and opportunities to purchase items such as French-designed jewelry by Isabelle Krupnik, summer furs by Saks Fifth Avenue, watches by Jewels in Time, handbags and accessories by Regency Collection, designer jewelry by Vivid Diamonds, fine elegant jewelry by M&M Jewelers, as well as art by Robert Simon. Additional vendor supporters included Reid Travel, Capital Grille, Habatat Galleries, National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia and Wesley T. Sheperd the Jeweler. All vendors donated a portion of their sales to the Center.

The Friends of the CHHRE is a group of individuals dedicated to raising funds to ensure the continued operation of the Center. The CHHRE has relied on private funding to sustain its programs and operation since 2008, when public funding was discontinued because of budget cuts. “Celebrate Heritage” is the third annual fundraising event for the Center. The 2010 event raised $60,000 and the 2011 event raised $100,000 toward the CHHRE’s annual budget of $200,000.

“We are truly grateful to the ‘Celebrate Heritage’ committee and its outstanding leadership team for helping to raise funds for the Center,” said Rose Gatens, Ph.D., director of the CHHRE. “It is so encouraging to know that the support of all those who participated in this event enables us to continue providing Holocaust and genocide education of the highest quality in South Florida for yet another year.”

For more information or to support the FAU Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education, call 561-297-2929 or visit . 


About the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at Florida Atlantic University:
FAU’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education was established in 1996 by the Florida Department of Education to support teachers implementing the state’s mandate for Holocaust education. Through its training, programs and resources, the Center 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 you may not know; and understand citizen’s responsibility for upholding democracy in a pluralistic society .

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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