Triumph 2019

Triumph 2019, the annual fundraising event of The Holocaust Museum, will take place Monday, March 4, 2019 at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples. Funds raised at Triumph 2019 will benefit the Museum’s education programs.

The event begins with a Patron Reception at 5:15 pm, followed by the main program at 6:00pm. Please visit the Museum’s website –www.HolocaustMuseumSWFL.org – for more information about Triumph 2019 tickets and Sponsorships. Or, you may e-mail Tim@HolocaustMuseumSWFL.org or call 239-263-9200.

The guest speaker for Triumph 2019 is Christian Picciolini. He is an award-winning TV producer, public speaker, author, peace advocate and a former violent extremist.

After leaving the hate movement which he helped create during his youth in the 1980’s-1990’s, he began the painstaking process of making amends and rebuilding his life. Christian earned a degree in International Relations from DePaul University and launched Goldmill Group.

Goldmill is a digital media and counter-extremism consulting firm. In 2016, Christian won an Emmy Award for directing and producing an anti-hate advertising campaign aimed at helping people disengage from violence based extremist groups.

Christian’s life since leaving the white supremacist movement over 20 years ago has been dedicated to helping others overcome hate through such organizations such as Life After Hate and Exit USA. He now leads the Free Radicals Project, a global extremism prevention and disengagement platform, helping people exit hate movements and other violent ideologies.

He has spoken all over the world, including on the TEDx stage, sharing his unique and extensive knowledge, teaching all who are willing to learn about building greater peace through empathy and compassion. Christian’s involvement in, and exit from, the early American white power skinhead movement is chronicled in his memoir WHITE AMERICAN YOUTH: My Descent Into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement – And How I Got Out (Hachette, 2018).

The Museum’s mission is teach the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire action against bigotry, hatred and violence.

Over 200,000students, teachers and visitors have been encouraged to act when they encounter injustice. Approximately 90,000 people have also seen the Museum’s unique Boxcar Exhibit, on loan from Jack and F. E. Nortman and The Boxcar Foundation, as it travels to schools, universities, public libraries, airports, and houses of worship across SWFL.

The Museum, currently located at 4760 Tamiami Trail North in Naples, is excited to announce its late Spring 2019 move to its new location in Naples: the Janet G. and Harvey D. Cohen Education Center.

The generous Capital Campaign gift from local philanthropist Janet G. Cohen has set the pace for the organization to already reach $3 million toward its goal of $3.5 million for the new facility.

The larger space, with an award-winning new design, will accommodate multiple school groups simultaneously, as well as larger private group tours and events. In addition to interactive exhibit features, a Reflection Room is available for visitors’ use following their tours. Visit HolocaustMuseumSWFL.org for updates on construction progress.

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