A sold-out Western Region Gala event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel was attended by American and Israeli guests, this last Friday night. Among the present guests were: actors Jason Alexander, Antonio Banderas, Liev Schreiber, Jason Segel and Mark Wahlberg, as well as KISS bassist, Israeli-born Gene Simmons.
â€śFor the past nine years I have watched this gala grow into the preeminent charity event it is today, and I am truly humbled by the funds raised yesterday, which are a testament to the importance of the FIDF organization and its mission. The overwhelming support from the Los Angeles community continues to amaze me,â€ť said entertainment mogul Haim Saban, a national board member of FIDF (Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces).
According to Israeli media, the event focused on the â€ślone soldiers, who leave their families and native countries behind to serve in the army, and included testimonies from the mothers of fallen soldiers.â€ť Apparently, it also featured a presentation from a US veteran on the impact of Israeli medical technology on the lives of Americans.
PNN reports that the FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors, and provides educational, cultural and recreational programs and facilities for Israeli soldiers.