Jun 4, 2021

Evian III Mid Year Update Report

Hello Friends and Supporters,

I’m pleased to share some exciting and encouraging news in this quarterly report as I continue to track towards reconstituting the Evian III Student Educational Leadership Conference at the Hotel Royal in Evian France in 2021

Per the attached photos from the GM of the Evian Resort the official announcement was just released that the Hotel Royal has again reopened as of last week!

This, with prayerful watch of the pandemic continuing to abate, paves the way for an in person conference this year, again planned for November 9th (Kristallnacht), with the same or similar agenda as was originally envisioned back in 2019. 

Most all of the original Conference Student Ambassadors and delegates representing over 30 countries who have patiently waited to participate in this dynamic educational event/experience in this unique historic backdrop (including new country recruits) are excited to finally see this important and timely program come to fruition. 

Always the most limiting or enabling factor, depending upon the level of financial contributions received, the 2021 event will be either a blended model of on-site Keynote presenters, acclaimed educators, and student leaders representing each continent or combine the complete compliment of everyone on-site together 

With the advent of webcast technology the plan is to broadcast the program “live”. With the continuing escalation of global AntiSemitic incidents the overall merits of convening this Conference and its contemporary relevance could not hold more significance.

As I’m searching for both major event underwriters and individual contributors to make this event a reality please don’t hesitate to contact me directly via email at edb1260@gmail.com or 603-502-7711 on WhatsApp

Feb 16, 2021

Q1 2021 Pitch Batting Cage Project Report

Dear Friends and Pitch Program Supporters,

Welcome to a new year and my first project report of 2021. 

As challenging times associated with the global pandemic persist my primary hope is for your personal health and for the health of your families. 

Despite COVID and always maintaining the safety of the players, coaches, and their families, I continue to remain incredibly impressed with the deeply embedded spirit and love for the game of baseball here in the Dominican Republic.

As the popularity and enthusiasm for The Pitch Batting Cage program here in Sosua grows I am constantly looking for creative ways to enhance this valuable community resource which keeps young players off the streets and away from other negative influences.

Although the overall number of young participants has dropped since the height of participation 1 year ago, typically serving 150 players per week and up to 100 cycling through on Saturdays, we still maintain an active schedule of aspiring young players who enjoy coming to this facility to take their free swings. 

I’m pleased to announce the mid December 2020 launch of “Cards For Sosua”, a new creative baseball card giveaway program working in collaboration with baseball card collectors in the US. 

https://cards4sosua.wordpress.com/

As actual photos and videos best capture the smiles and overall impact of The Pitch please view the attached links.

Despite demonstrating the immense overall value and hope to young players this program provides our sponsorship levels regrettably are diminishing. 

Due to the pandemic which continues to take its toll financially on local businesses and the tourism industry here which is the lifeblood of the Dominican economy, your financial assistance makes a huge difference.

I am still striving to raise the funds to continue repairing the facility with hopes of installing a protective roof as well as commencing education seminars and English as a second language classes.

Please consider making a contribution, in any increment towards maintaining this community program and helping these young aspiring players.

Thank you for all you have already done to keep The Pitch program going!

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me personally with any questions or personal requests you may have.

 

Sincerely,

 

Hugh Baver

Director of The Pitch Maquina de Batear

New glove for aspiring young girl
New glove for aspiring young girl
Baseball Card Holiday Giveaway
Baseball Card Holiday Giveaway

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Feb 4, 2021

Q1 2021 Evian III Student Conference Update

Leading the 2018 Revisiting Evian Conference
Leading the 2018 Revisiting Evian Conference

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Supporters,

 

First and foremost, my best wishes to everyone who has navigated the past turbulent year as the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about an unimaginable shift in how we live, work, support each other, and our communities.  

Being confined to the digital world for the better part of 2020 and now into 2021 so too, did it disrupt the continuity of re-hosting the Évian III Student Educational Leadership Conference at the Hotel Royal last year. 

Being an educator these days, in any capacity, is extremely challenging.

In this quarterly report, my goal is to reassert the high merits and tremendous educational opportunity which reconvening this Conference represents towards setting new standards of Holocaust Education for International college students.

Each year the world loses more of the few remaining Holocaust survivors; those who actually cite their personal testimonies referencing the horrific events of WWII. Understanding this attrition and combining it with the absence of actual face-to-face social interaction in “traditional” educational settings, push us now to conceive new creative methods to “Educate and Remember”.

Through an immersive and experiential learning environment,theEvian III SELC presents an innovative educational programming opportunity to draw contemporary relevance from the late 1930’s and early 1940’s to the events and challenges of immigration and refugees in today’s world. 

Beyond conventional learning techniques and text book curriculum this Conference will “bring the past to life” helping college students who are struggling to find and define their own identity, create their own legacies.  

As the potential “future face” of Holocaust Commemoration and Education, the SELC will immerse students in this historic backdrop and facilitate students to become stakeholders in their own destinies. By using their own voices, students will act as goodwill ambassadors in their own communities throughout the world.

While news of a vaccine gives us cause for optimism the timeline for our lives returning to normal remains uncertain. Therefore, the plan is to work towards hosting students directly at the Hotel Royal in November of 2021.

However, if global travel circumstances or extended strict COVID social distancing guidelines preclude this option, instead, within a 45 day runway and funding dependent, I will transition this to a complete virtual event. 

Partnering with newly uncovered International Holocaust Commemoration organizations, Non-profits, and individuals with synergistic missions and objectives, I dedicate my time and energy for this program to be recognized, supported, and succeed in honor of those who perished under WWII Nazi atrocities during the Holocaust. 

Your tax deductible donation, in any increment and sponsorship of this program is deeply appreciated and will be applied directly toward achieving the express goals of this Conference.

Please do not hesitate to get back to me with any questions or interest in special underwriting or sponsorship opportunities related to this program.

Also kindly please pass this link along to others you know who may find sincere interest in co-organizing, participating in, or financing this Conference. 

 

With continuing hopes for the health and well being of you and your families in 2021,

Thank you,

Elihu Baver

Receiving Evian Gold Key to the City from Mayor
Receiving Evian Gold Key to the City from Mayor
July 1938 Conference photo of country delegate
July 1938 Conference photo of country delegate
Evian Gold Key and Distinguished Citizen Award
Evian Gold Key and Distinguished Citizen Award
WWII Historic Plaque dedicated on Kristallnacht
WWII Historic Plaque dedicated on Kristallnacht

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