Record-breaking $3.8 million raised in Los Angeles for Israel's Magen David Adom
The inaugural American Friends of Magen David Adom
Western Regional Gala Dinner was held
Sunday October 6, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton and raised a phenomenal 3.8 million dollars for Israel's first responders.
Celebs like Jackie Mason, Neil Sedaka,
Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child and 12-year-old piano prodigy Ethan
Bortnick showed up at the American Friends of Magen David Adom’s
first-ever Los Angeles gala Sunday night. The event raised a
record-breaking $3.8 million — the most ever raised at a single AFMDA
The funds will go toward building a new blood center in Israel. The
current one, built in the 1980s, doesn’t accommodate the country’s
growing population, and is in danger of being affected by rocket attacks
and earthquakes. The updated version will include new and secure
underground storage facilities.
MDA is Israel’s government-mandated – but not government funded –
national emergency-response, ambulance, and blood services organization.
Israel’s current blood center, built in the 1980s, no longer
accommodates the nation’s growing population and is vulnerable to terror
and rocket attacks, as well as earthquakes (Israel sits on two active
The Gala raised funds for all of MDA’s lifesaving
services, with the majority of the money going towards building a new
blood center, equipped with new and secure underground blood storage