George W. Schaeffer, prominent philanthropist and CEO and founder of OPI Products Inc., hosted an event for CEU in Los Angeles on Sept. 4, providing an opportunity to introduce CEU’s mission to a new community as well as to launch a new Friends of CEU – West Coast group. The group aims to raise more than $1 million for CEU’s Richard C. Holbrooke Center for Conflict Resolution and Prevention of Genocide and its Jewish Studies Program over the next five years. With a generous lead gift from Schaeffer and significant donations from his guests, CEU has raised $113,000 to date for these two important initiatives.
President and Rector John Shattuck and Jewish Studies Associate Professor Michael Miller spoke at the event, held at the social hall of Young Israel North Beverly Hills (YINBH). Friends of the Schaeffer family, YINBH congregants, and representatives from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute attended.
“As a Hungarian-born immigrant and the son of Holocaust survivors, support of CEU’s Jewish Studies programs and the Holbrooke Center has an obvious draw,” Schaeffer said. “In this polarized time in our history, CEU is one of the only institutions truly above politics. Prominent contributors occupy all positions on the political spectrum and include everyone from George Soros to George Pataki, yet CEU’s programming remains above any single political position and dedicated to open debate. In addition, over 75 percent of the student body receives full scholarship funding; this gives deserving students from all economic and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to study and to lead.”
Photo by Anne Palermo.