Great Grandson of Titanic Victims to Speak at Long Branch Fundraiser

Fundraiser is cocktail party for Church of the Presidents restoration


The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic will be marked with a recounting of the real love story that occurred when the infamous ship sank in 1912.

Paul Kurzman, the great grandson of Macy's co-founder Isidor Straus and his wife Ida, will tell their story at the cocktail party fundraiser benefiting the Church of the Presidents on Thursday, Aug. 16. The Church of the Presidents, also known as the Saint James Chapel, is the last remaining building associated with the seven presidents who vacationed in the Long Branch in the late 1800s and early 20th century, and is located in Elberon.

Kurzman, board chairman of the Straus Historical Society, will recount the story of how Ida chose to remain behind with her husband, relinquishing the seat offered her on a lifeboat, so they could die together. 

Ida and Isidor spent their early 20th-century summers at their home, Sunnyside, in Elberon with their seven children.

The fundraiser will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Ocean Beach Club, 1035 Ocean Ave., to benefit the restoration of the Church of the Presidents.

For more information on the fundraiser and the Church of the Presidents, check out our story on the historical site .


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