REGIONAL EVENTS REPORT
Florida Events Sizzle as AFMDA Sets New Records The Celebration of Life Gala in Palm Beach
AFMDA’s Southeast Region shined with a string of record-breaking events in south Florida during the 2013–2014 season. ● In February, more than 430 guests helped Palm Beach Friends of MDA honor philanthropist Lois Pope with the 2014 Humanitarian Award at its annual Celebration of Life Gala at the Mar-a-Lago Club (pictured above). The event raised $1.2 million — including a record six new ambulances and a Medicycle — for The Palm Beach Celebration of Life Gala MDA emergency medical services glitters: (L–R) Nili Barak, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, honoree Lois and its new national blood center in Pope, and Dr. Robert Mackler Israel. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak delivered the keynote speech. The gala was chaired by Dianne and Abe Bernstein and Robin and Bob Berman.
● March’s BocaDelray Community Event paid tribute to Eileen and Michael Goldman and raised $800,000 for MDA, including three new ambulances. The St. Andrews Country The St. Andrews Country Club added to its legacy of communal Club community giving when members sponsored three new MDA ambulances. has now sponsored 109 ambulances, making it the most generous group of MDA ambulance sponsors in the world. ● Residents of the Club at Boca Pointe, led by Burt Goodman, dedicated their fourth ambulance in Boca Raton in January. ■
● November’s Diamond Circle Chanukah Gala in Aventura honored Dr. Robert J. Entel, a Clearwater radiologist, and North Miami Beach’s Norman Levine.
In February, the Porto Vita Friends of MDA annual dinner recognized honorees Oscar and Elaine Wasserman for their outstanding commitment to MDA and saving lives in Israel. ●
In December, a weeklong AFMDA concert series featured classical performances by active-duty soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces’ Outstanding Musicians Program. Sydell Miller hosted one of the most memorable concerts at her home, La Reverie. ●
Porto Vita Friends out in force: (from left) AFMDA CEO Arnold Gerson, honorees Oscar and Elaine Wasserman, dinner chairs Patricia and Barry Goldstein
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Sydell Miller (black dress) hosted a unique and memorable benefit concert for MDA featuring active-duty soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces’ Outstanding Musicians Program.