Dear Friends,

We are delighted to report that we have reached our overall goal of raising the $1.5 million to begin the Phase 1 buildout—of which $11,462 was raised from all our generous Go Fund Me contributors.

Yes, WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Phase 1 consists of all necessary building improvements, such as air conditioning, electrical, and plumbing; the construction of bathrooms, a videotaping facility, and a boardroom; the placement of our Holocaust Railcar and our U.S. Army Tank; and a Traveling Exhibition Gallery.

These renovations are scheduled to begin shortly, and our construction team anticipates that we will be in our new home at 303 North Federal Highway in Dania Beach by January 2016.

In the months ahead, while we are completing the Phase 1 buildout, our Phase 2 Capital Campaign is getting under way. Phase 2 will be broken down into four stages, involving the creation of the Permanent Exhibition, which will tell the story of the Holocaust from its antecedents to Liberation and beyond; a bookstore; and a state-of-the-art Teacher Resource/Reference and Media Center.

There are still many Naming Opportunities available. If you are interested, please contact Rositta E. Kenigsberg at rositta@hdec.org. She will be delighted to speak with you!

Once again, please know that we are so grateful to all of you who not only contributed funds but retweeted us on Twitter and shared us on Facebook with your friends and family. With any Capital Campaign getting the word out is tremendously important. The more you can get the word out, the more likely we will succeed in making this significant Legacy of Remembrance become a reality!

So please don’t stop your efforts and support! We need you now more than ever. Keep the message alive by continuing to help us with contributions and by sharing our news on Facebook pages and Twitter accounts as we move into the Phase 2 Capital Campaign.

We will continue to keep you posted as we move forward in our “home” stretch.

With tremendous gratitude and appreciation to all of you who have helped us keep our promise to our beloved Survivors and for the sake of our children and grandchildren, we wish you all a very happy and healthy “Shanah Tovah.”

Rositta E. Kenigsberg, President