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May 10, 2013

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TERRE HAUTE — CANDLES event

plants new seed

On April 26, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center hosted an event called “Sowing Seeds of Peace: A Celebration of Spring” at the Apple House. Our purpose was to introduce people to our concept of forgiveness as a seed for peace. This was the first time we have ever done such an event, which featured a wine and beer tasting amid the beautiful foliage of a greenhouse.

We could not have been more pleased with the support from the community. We had a great turnout and received lots of positive feedback. CANDLES owes every bit of the positive response to our wonderful volunteer co-hosts and sponsors.

I would like to thank our co-chairs: Whitney Gurman-Roberts and Mike Roberts, and Patrick and Lindsay Fazio. They were outstanding leaders of this event. We could not have done it without them and our talented co-hosts, including Katie Shane, Susan Snider Turner, Megan Marvin, Teresa Shaffer, Paige Preusse and Rachel Leslie. These volunteers, aka “Team Awesome,” planned and pulled off an incredible amount of detailed work, and they did it with grace, humor, generosity and positivity. Terre Haute is fortunate to have such a great group of people who give of themselves for the good of the community.

I would also like to thank our generous sponsors for the event. The Apple House was a fantastic venue, and Ryan and Tom Cummins and staff were great to work with. Another big thank you goes to Lori Knight and Bourbon and Canal, as well as all the excellent wine and beer vendors who shared their products and expertise with our attendees.

Thanks also to Simple to Elegant, Midwest Printing, Large Ink, WTWO, Clabber Girl, The Copper Bar, Complete Outdoor, Transformations Salon and Spa, Barcelona Tapas Restaurant, and Forget-Me-Not Custom Gifts and Parties. You helped us create a great event at minimal cost so that funds raised can support our work.

Above all, I would like to thank our community for supporting the mission of CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, which is to shine a light on the Holocaust and the story of Eva Kor, to create an empowered community of critical thinkers who will illuminate the world with hope, healing, respect, and responsibility. Check out our website, www.candles

holocaustmuseum.org, for

more upcoming events.

— Kiel Majewski,

Executive Director

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center

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