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Guma Aguiar is Sponsor and Major Donor of International 2009 March of the Living to Auschwitz - Birkenau With Half Million Dollar Gift

JERUSALEM, February 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The International March of the Living today announced one of the largest private donations in the organization's 21-year history, a $500,000 gift from Guma and Jamie Aguiar. The 2009 March of the Living at Auschwitz, the largest of Nazi Germany's concentration camps, will be held on April 21st, marking the 70th year since the Third Reich launched the Second World War.

Only one week earlier, Mr. Aguiar stirred international headlines through an historic $8 million donation to the aliyah (immigration to Israel) organization, Nefesh B'Nefesh, instantly establishing him as one of the Jewish World's leading philanthropists.

"On behalf of the thousands of people who will benefit from Mr. Aguiar's generosity, we sincerely thank him," said Dr. Shmuel Rosenman, Chairman of the International MOL. "This support will enable us to forge ahead with our work of educating the next generation about the horrific realities of the Holocaust while effectively combating anti-Semitism and hate."

"It is urgent and vital for our youth to witness and understand the magnitude of the Holocaust firsthand and grasp the astonishing miracle of the rebirth of the State of Israel from the ashes of the Shoah," said Aguiar.

The Aguiar family will march shoulder to shoulder with Israeli and other leaders who plan to take part this year, along with nearly 10,000 young people. "I cannot begin to imagine what we all will feel when we sing 'Hatikva' together at the gates of Auschwitz," Guma Augiar said. "Israel's existence is the answer to the horrors of the Holocaust, and we, in honor of the 6 million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis, will proudly accompany the marchers when they immediately continue their journey on to Israel to commemorate its Remembrance and Independence Days. It is in honor of those who were murdered that we have chosen to make this gift."

Aguiar, founder of Leor Energy in 2003, was lauded worldwide for his stunning success in identifying one of the largest North American natural gas deposits discovered in decades.

"Mr. Aguiar has a prophetic sense of vision and purpose, demonstrated precisely at a time when philanthropy is facing serious challenges," said Dr. David Machlis, Vice Chair of the International MOL.

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