(Courtesy of FIDF) Thousands of supporters from across the globe joined Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) in saluting Israel’s brave soldiers and veterans at last week’s first-ever virtual FIDF National Gala. The gala, themed “A Night of Heroes,” raised a total of over $15 million to support well-being and educational programs for Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers, with donations still being made.
This FIDF initiative aimed to enable the global FIDF family to unite for an unprecedented night of giving and extraordinary solidarity to salute Israel’s IDF protectors, despite the limitations posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Distinguished guests included Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Lt. Gen. (Res.) Benjamin (Benny) Gantz, and others. FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir, who will be succeeded this month by Steven Weil, gave a farewell speech after six years of unprecedented organizational growth.
“The great transformation of our people’s history took place when the Jewish people restored the capacity to defend ourselves by ourselves. This is what the IDF is all about,” said Netanyahu.
Funds raised at the gala will provide much needed and well-deserved services such as academic scholarships to combat veterans, financial assistance for soldiers in need, support for Lone Soldiers throughout their service and upon release, crucial aid for wounded veterans and the families of fallen soldiers, weeks of rest and recuperation for entire IDF units, and educational, cultural and recreational facilities. The evening presented a rare and exclusive opportunity to pay tribute to the State of Israel and its brave men and women in uniform.
To watch the full FIDF Virtual National Gala, visit events.fidf.org.