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Art Glass Extravaganza Raises More Than $195,000 for FAU’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education

BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 17, 2013) – The Friends of the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education (CHHRE) at Florida Atlantic University recently hosted the Art Glass Extravaganza with more than 80 guests at the Habatat Galleries in West Palm Beach. Marilyn Simon Weinberg and Arthur Gutterman served as co-chairs of the event, which raised $195,650 to benefit the Center.

“I am humbled and honored by all who continue to give their support and understand the importance of education to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust are remembered to benefit all generations,” said Weinberg.

Proceeds will support the important work of the Center in outreach, training and services to hundreds of K-12 teachers and thousands of children in the local community. The Center promotes important programs that teach respect for all people, as well as an acceptance and celebration of differences that ultimately create a better world for current and future generations.

“The support of Marilyn Weinberg and the Friends of the Center is essential to our ability to continue educating teachers, students and parents in our highly diverse region to be able to live together and stand up for each other,” said Rose Gatens, Ph.D., director of the CHHRE.

Habatat Galleries specializes in contemporary glass sculpture and fine art sculpture from both national and international artists. Guests were able to purchase individual pieces of art glass with 20 percent of the sales donated to CHHRE. An auction was held with proceeds benefitting 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. The Art Glass Extravaganza is the fourth annual fundraising event for the Center. The three previous fundraisers have culminated in more than $400,000 of funding for the CHHRE.

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  pholding 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, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. 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. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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