Funding momentum builds for Anne Frank Memorial education center

A Meridian woman has stepped up again.

BOISE-- The message that Idaho will not tolerate hate continues to reverberate after hateful graffiti and vandalism was found at Boise's Anne Frank Memorial last month.

Many Idahoans made donations to clean up and repair the memorial. That includes Meridian resident Dena Gray who gave $20,000.

Then, an original donor who made the memorial possible, Greg Carr, decided to give $175,000 to the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights.  This money will be used to help build an educational center at the Anne Frank Memorial called The Marilyn Shuler Classroom for Human Rights.

Carr then challenged the community to match his donation in order to break ground on the educational center this summer. Today, Dena Gray met that challenge.

Gray expressed her excitement after writing the check. “This is a wonderful thing, it really is. I'm just overwhelmed by it and by all the attention. It was not intent to be that way. But I'm just thrilled and honored that this is what's happening. I can't wait to see the finished project. It's going to be beautiful."

Dr. Dan Prinzing, Executive Director for the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights says the memorial is becoming stronger than ever. "Boise is the home of the memorial. The memorial was built with love, it's going to be repaired with love and now it's going to be expanded in a way that our founders could never have imagined. "

Gray is sending out the challenge once again to the community to match her donation. "Now that we've done it I think the people of Idaho should get in line and do their part as well."

This summer will mark the 15th anniversary of the memorial.

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