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FAU Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education Honors Major Donors at Tribute Dinner

            BOCA RATON, FL (March 17, 2010) –Florida Atlantic University Interim President John Pritchett and the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education recently hosted “The Paragons of Virtue Tribute Dinner” featuring keynote speaker Arlene Herson at FAU’s Student Union on the Boca Raton campus.

The dinner honored 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 heightened 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.

“It was gratifying to see such a wonderful turnout of friends and family in support of our honorees and individuals who understand the important work that the Center provides within our community,” said Dr. Rose Gatens, Center director. “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 were Ethel and Simon Flegg of the Ferris Corporation; 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; 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.

           The evening’s program was educational as well as inspiring as Boca Raton High School teacher Sharona Kay and her students addressed the group. In addition, attendees were treated to a new video about the Center’s service to 348 area schools, hundreds of teachers and thousands of local school children that benefit from its training, programs and resources each year.

Arlene Herson, the national chair of the Legacy of Light Society of the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., spoke 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.

A tribute journal distributed at the event recognized special individuals and others through advertisements and sponsorships with all funds used to benefit 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. 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 they may not know; and understand citizens’ responsibility for upholding democracy in a pluralistic society.

“While we celebrate a wonderful evening, the urgent need for continued support for the Center’s existence beyond June 30, 2010 remains at the heart of our advisory council’s mission and the need to continue to tell others about this community treasure,” said Connie Packman, advisory council chair for FAU’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education.

If you are interested in learning how you can help, contact Laurie Carney at 561-297-3606 or


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