The annual fundraiser thrown by the Los Angeles branch of the Friends of the IDF has raised a record 33.5 million dollars.
The gala event , chaired by Israeli-American businessman Haim Saban was attended by Barbra Streisand, Pamela Anderson, Arnold Schwarzenegger , Kathy Ireland, Sylvester Stallone and over 1200 other guests.
FIDF was established in 1981as a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing and supporting educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs and facilities for the men and women of the IDF. Today, FIDF has more than 120,000 supporters, and 15 regional offices throughout the U.S.
Notable donations made at the event included $9 million from Larry Ellison, co-founder and Chairman of Oracle Corporation; $5 million from Sheldon and Miriam Adelson; $5.2 million from brothers Maurice and Paul Marciano of Guess Jeans; $3.6 million from Cheryl andHaim Saban; $2 million from Steve Tisch, Chairman and Executive Vice President of the New York Giants; $1 million from Leo David, founder of the Western Region of the FIDF; and $1.6 million from The Helmsley Charitable Trust. In addition, first-time attendees and donors Michael and Susan Dell gave $1.8 million to fund IMPACT! educational scholarship programs