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Betty Babendure: Giving Today to Teach Tomorrow

Betty Babendure

Former educator Betty Babendure is a loyal Museum volunteer who recently updated her will to designate a portion of her estate to Holocaust Museum Houston.

If you see Betty Babendure at Holocaust Museum Houston, chances are that you will find her in her natural habitat: surrounded by school children. For the past two years, this former kindergarten teacher of 31 years has guided weekly tours of the Museum for children, tweens and teens. Betty's mission is to find engaging, ageappropriate ways to relate the history and lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides — events that are still incomprehensible to many adults — to younger generations.

Even though Betty first visited the Museum only a few years ago, she was moved to make a legacy commitment. Betty was inspired to share more than her gift for teaching with the Museum. When she recently updated her will, she designated a portion of her estate to Holocaust Museum Houston.

Betty was inspired by her fellow volunteers — people of all faiths who have come together to educate the next generation on the dangers of hatred, apathy and prejudice — and counts the diversity of the volunteer corps, staff, visitors and exhibits as one of the most special aspects of the Museum. "I'm in such awe of all that these volunteers have done and I wanted to give something. I haven't given a lot of thought to my legacy. I just made the change to my will, told my kids that this organization is important to me, and it was done," she says.

Betty goes on to explain, "It was a simple thing to do. When you give so much to an organization and you want it to go on in perpetuity, then you want to do something that will make a difference. This place has meaning. The survivors who are still telling their stories won't be around long to share their experiences themselves. Their stories have to be told so these tragedies don't keep happening."

Betty's gift will help ensure that the Museum's lessons will be taught to generations of school children well into the future.

Your gift can help us tell the story of the Holocaust for years to come. Contact Stephanie Dugan, CAP® at 713-527-1629 or sdugan@hmh.org to learn more about your giving options.

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