More than 800 people gathered together in support of Israel’s premier fully volunteer emergency medical service organization. The event, held Sept. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, was headlined by Keynote Speaker David Friedman, former U.S. ambassador to Israel, and Dr. Miriam Adelson, both of whom have been big supporters of the organization.
Among the crowd were close to 300 young professionals under the age of 35 who attended the third annual gala held by Friends of United Hatzalah in support of the work done by the organization’s network of 6,200 emergency medical volunteers in Israel. Supporters made donations to the organization that totaled $12 million which will go to purchase new vehicles and medical equipment, as well as train additional volunteers, all in support of the lifesaving efforts of the organization that provides all its services to the people of Israel, without regard to race, religion or nationality, free of charge.
Liraz Charhi, the star of the hit TV series “Teheran,” emceed the event and gave a rousing performance. Other guests during the event included Jay Leno and Rick Caruso and former U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland. Volunteers from the organization spoke to the crowd about the organization’s ongoing activities inside Ukraine to provide medical care and humanitarian aid to the war-torn country, in addition to the daily activities of the volunteers in Israel.
President and Founder of United Hatzalah Beer spoke about the overwhelming sense of dedication and commitment that he felt from the community which permeated the evening.
“The continuing support that we have seen here from people in Los Angeles and the southern California community is incredible,” Beer said. “Two and a half years ago, our gala here was the last major event before COVID-19 broke out. So much has changed, but one thing that hasn’t changed is how truly dedicated people here are to support the mission of saving lives both here and in Israel. I want to thank everyone who came out and showed their support by becoming partners with us in our lifesaving mission.
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