May 30, 2018

2nd GG Evian 80th Anniversary Project Report

Dear Friends & Valued Supporters,

Again, my heartfelt appreciation to all of you who have contributed to this project from its inception. In my first report, citing progress made in the early formative stages, the Hotel Royal / Evian Resort Executive staff management & I had yet to solidify a firm date for this event in Evian. I'm now delighted and proud to inform everyone that indeed an actual date has been set, confirmed, and complete arrangements made for July 11th.

What at the time seemed like months away, we are now within 45 days of sitting together in Evian, France in the same room where the historic 1938 Conference took place and will do so amidst the accompanying presence of global Jewish leaders, French historians, authors, filmmakers, and Human Rights subject matter experts representing some of the world's most recognized and respected Jewish & Human Rights organizations.

With key note speeches from AJC, Yahad in UNUM, & The Lantos Foundation, and others, the event agenda with it's theme of "Remembering the Past and Plotting a Course for the Future", will document, in the midst of international media coverage, the initiation of new international dialogue regarding the pressing issues of our day related to Human Rights and the continuing rise in global anti-Semitism. 

Since my last report, I'm thankful to have been afforded the remarkable opportunity to raise further awareness of the two interrelated episodes of the Evian Conference, its conception and history, and the saving of 700 Jewish settlers in Sosua, Dominican Republic via lectures and presentations given on these topics to a large gathering of students at Bentley University in Waltham, MA, Temple Emanuel Brotherhood breakfast in Andover, MA, and Temple Beth Jacob Brotherhood in Concord, NH. Upcoming lectures at NEGHS (New England Geneological Historic Society) and other US Institutions of higher learning are slated for post July 11th, the Evian event date.

Although in the past two weeks I have received additional financial contributions from several Jewish Federation agencies in the US, including my hometown of Detroit, as of this report writing, we have yet to achieve our $10K goal. Still I'm confident with your advocacy and via your passing the details of this 80th Anniversary Commemorative Plaque project on to others within your professional circles who might find this a worthy cause, we will reach our goal to ensure the best success possible for this event!

Again, on behalf of the entire Sosua75 Board of Directors team, I deeply appreciate your continuing support of this project!


Hugh Baver

Feb 26, 2018

Evian Conference Commemorative Plaque & Summer 2018 Ceremony Creation Project Report

Dear Friends & Valued Supporters,

Thank you for making the dream of conducting a Summer 2018 Commemorative ceremony at the Hotel Royale in Evian France in honor of the 80th Anniversary of the 1938 Evian Conference a reality. Your generous financial contributions helped this project reach its first important milestone of becoming a "vetted" graduate of the GlobalGiving 2017 End of year campaign. This now allows this project continued access to permanently utilize the GlobalGiving crowdfunding platform to further promote the event and garner additional donations to finalize the associated arrangements. 

Since Jan 1st and as a result of this campaign, over the course of the past few weeks, I have accepted invitations from Boston/New England area Jewish synagogues and community organizations to present lectures on the background history of the Evian Conference including scheduled events at the Jewish Heritage Center at the New England Geneological Historic Society in downtown Boston, to students at Bentley University in Boston, & to the Brotherhood at Temple Emanuel in Andover, MA. Each lecture, scheduled between now & mid April will have a fundraising component to help bridge the gap of the total funds required to fund the creation of the historic bronze plaque to be permanently affixed in the hotel (sample computer generated image is an attachment) in addition to a ceremonial dinner and lodging discounts for benefactors who would like to attend the ceremony. The tentative reserved dates for this event is Saturday, July 14th

Last week, my story and highlights of this project were featured as the front page story in the Boston Jewish Journal (see attached) and I just secured two college interns to help with related administrative and promotional efforts

Thus far, I have secured 4 key "foundational" sponsors, including a key endorsement from a major NH based Family Foundation inspired by the work of the only US Congress member ever who was a Holocaust survivor. All 4 donors who have offered substantial financial support and advocacy for this important work has justified their inclusion as a BENEFACTOR spot (in raised bronze letters) on the actual plaque and who are interested in traveling to Evian to be present for this ceremony 

On behalf of the entire Sosua75 Board of Directors team, I deeply appreciate your continuing support of this project!


Hugh Baver


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