Fundraiser for Holocaust Memorial to be held Jan. 18

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The proposed Holocaust memorial is planned to join the existing Murrieta Veterans Memorial in Murrieta's Town Square Park. Will Fritz photo

The backers of a planned Holocaust educational memorial in Murrieta’s Town Square Park will hold another event to raise funds for the project this month. 

The Holocaust Remembrance Foundation of the Valley are hosting the grandson of a survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Bordeaux Room, 27535 Jefferson Ave., in Temecula, according to Irv Michlin with the foundation.

The fundraiser will include hors d’oeuvres and wines to sample. 

There is no charge for entry, but the foundation is requesting donations of any amount to go toward the Holocaust Educational Memorial.

The foundation previously held a similar fundraiser in October, and plans to hold two more one at the Bordeaux Room in March, and another at a larger venue sometime in May.

About $300,000 still needs to be raised for the memorial’s construction, Michlin said.

The foundation has already collected and spent about $25,000 for the architectural and design costs, Jack Flournoy, president of the foundation, said in October.

The Murrieta City Council approved a donation agreement with the foundation to build the memorial in December 2017.

The Holocaust memorial is planned to include vertical panels with educational information about the Holocaust and Israel.

The foundation also organizes an annual March of Remembrance, with its seventh one planned for April 2020.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.