More than 500 members of the Long Island community gathered this Oct. 10 at the Fresh Meadow Country Club for the Long Island Chapter 2018 North Shore Annual Event, raising over $800,000 to support the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces.

This year’s event featured Sgt. Mikey, a Long Island native currently serving as a ‘Lone Soldier’ — one who immigrates to Israel without immediate family in order to serve in the IDF — in the Pioneer Combatant Youth Reconnaissance Company and takes part in the IDF’s Operation Good Neighbor, which provides humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees. Sgt. Mikey is from Roslyn, New York, and attended Solomon Schechter Day School and North Shore Hebrew Academy.

The dinner, which has become one of the Long Island Jewish community’s premier events, also honored Martin and Ellen Domnitch and Harold and Lorraine DomnitchL’Dor V’Dor Generation to Generation Award recipients; and Danny and Jennifer Hakimian and their sons, Spirit of Israel Award recipients.

Chaired by FIDF National Board Member and Long Island Chapter Chairman Ronny Ben-Josef, the event also featured 2nd Lt. Sarah, who sustained serious injuries from a terrorist attack and later became the head of a branch in the research division of the intelligence corps, and Brig. Gen. (Res.) Ami Morag and his son Lt. Col. Idan, who are the only father-son pair in IDF history to receive the prestigious Medal of Honor.

“This evening gave the Long Island community a chance to meet and personally thank the brave soldiers who risk everything to defend Israel – and Jews worldwide,” said FIDF Long Island Director Felicia Solomon. “This year was especially meaningful as we had Long Island’s own, Sgt. Mikey, return home for what was a memorable evening. Guests heard firsthand from soldiers who directly benefit from FIDF’s programs and saw the tremendous impact that their support has on these young men and women’s lives.”

Other distinguished guests in attendance were Brig. Gen. (Res.) Gila Klifi-Amir and FIDF Tri-State Executive Director Galit Brichta. Presiding as the event’s master of ceremonies was Michelle Adhoot.