Naples, Florida, — The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida has received a pledge of $1 million from Janet Guttman Cohen towards its $3.5 million Capital Campaign for the purchase and renovation of a new building on U.S. 41 in Naples. In recognition of this gift, the Museum will name its new building in honor of Janet G. and the late Harvey D. Cohen.
Mrs. Cohen felt moved to make this gift because of the importance of educating young people about the dangers of prejudice and the importance of confronting hatred and violence. She envisions an Education Center which addresses Albert Einstein’s belief that “The world is too dangerous to live in – not because of the people who do evil, but because of the people who sit and let it happen”.
“The lessons of the Holocaust must never be forgotten,” stated Mrs. Cohen.
“Mrs. Cohen’s contribution is a momentous gift for the Museum,” explained Executive Director Susan Suarez, of the Holocaust Museum & Education Center. “This is the largest gift we have ever received. It puts the Museum on strong financial footing for our future in our new home.” The Museum has received more than $2 million towards its $3.5 million goal. “The generous response from our Donors and Board Members has been overwhelming. I am thrilled that we are so far along with our Campaign in a short period of time. Janet Cohen and others are helping to make our Museum a very special place for the community to come together against bigotry, hatred and violence, Suarez said.
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