FIDF Atlanta Chapter Gala Raises Over $200,000 to Support IDF Soldiers!
FIDF Atlanta Gala Aquarium Ballroom
The Atlanta Chapter of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) held its Annual Gala on May 7, 2013 at the Georgia Aquarium, where more than 450 guests attended and showed their support for Israel's soldiers. Over $250,000 was raised at the event and will go toward FIDF well-being and educational programs for the brave men and women of the IDF.
Maj. Gen. Yoseph Baidatz, Head of the IDF Command and Staff College
Prominent participants at the event included FIDF National Director and CEO, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon; FIDF Deputy National Director, Col. (Ret.) Pinhas "Pinky" Zoaretz; Israel's Naval Attaché, Capt. Ronen Nimni, Gala Co-Chairs, Ilene and Adrian Grant, Elaine and Alan Tanenbaum, and Abe Schear; Host Committee Chair, Felicia Voloschin; and Keynote Speaker, Head of the IDF Command and Staff College, Maj. Gen. Yoseph Baidatz.
"We are overwhelmed by the generosity from our 2013 Gala event sponsors and attendees," said FIDF Atlanta Executive
Director, Caryn Liss. "We want to truly thank everyone for supporting the brave soldiers of the IDF whose job is to look after
Israel. It is our job to look after them and I am so proud of our Atlanta community for stepping up to do so."
Former combat soldier and current FIDF IMPACT! scholarship recipient, Atlanta native Sarice Holley and her grandparents Florence Richardson & William Staples
Former combat soldier, Sarice Holley, who was granted one of FIDF's IMPACT! academic scholarships, addressed FIDF supporters at the event, saying: "It filled my heart with pride that my home, Atlanta, is now adopting my other home, my combat intelligence unit."
Israel's Naval Attaché Capt. Ronen Nimni, 2013 Atlanta Gala Honoree Norman Radow, a Lt. Col. in the Israeli Navy, Lindy Shallcross, Sgt. Daniel Greenblum, FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon
At the event, FIDF honored Norman Radow, for his commitment to Israel and for becoming actively involved with FIDF when his son, Neil Radow, joined the IDF in 2012 as a combat soldier in the Artillery Corps. "By all of us being here tonight," Radow told attendees, "we are making a difference to Sarice Holley, and to all the soldiers who stand between what we believe in and live for, and those who seek to destroy it. In a real way, our support for the FIDF helps ensure our very survival as a civilized society."
Daniel Greenblum, a Lt. Col. in the Israeli Navy, Guest Speaker Miriam Peretz, FIDF Atlanta Chairman Garry Sobel, Israel's Naval Attaché Capt. Ronen Nimni
FIDF Atlanta Chairman of the Board, Garry Sobel, said: "It was truly an honor to host such a tremendous event, as the Atlanta community demonstrated its unwavering support for the brave young men and women of the IDF, and for their families. I believe that our guests left with a clear understanding of the mission, programs and importance of the role of the FIDF for Israel's future."