Florida Holocaust Museum anniversary gala nets $645,000

More than 700 supporters of the Florida Holocaust Museum (FHM) in St. Petersburg raised approximately $645,000 for the museum’s programs at its sold out 25th anniversary gala, "To Life."

"We are overwhelmed by the generous support we continue to receive from our community and throughout the state,” FHM Executive Director Elizabeth Gelman said in recent news release posted on the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce's website. “As we face the next 25 years, we know there is no more important task than keeping the museum's collection safe and continuing to pass down the objects and the stories they hold to future generations."

The gala, held at St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club, featured a speech from David Eisenhower as he accepted the 2017 Loebenberg Humanitarian Award on behalf of his grandfather, President and General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the release said. FHM founder Walter Loebenberg received a 25th anniversary award in honor of his work in establishing one the three accredited Holocaust museums in the country.

The funds raised at the gala will go toward preserving the museum’s artifacts and art and to its outreach programs, which to date have educated more than 1 million students and adults on human rights, upstander behavior, the responsibilities of living in a democracy and the importance of speaking out against injustice, the release said.

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