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Friends of Israel Defense Forces
Gene Simmons (photo credit: Noam Chem
Gene Simmons. Photo by: Noam Chem



Jason Alexander, Antonio Banderas, Liev Schreiber, Jason Segel and Gene Simmons were among the 1,200+ supporters
 in attendance


Gala featured performances by David Foster & Friends,
The Beach Boys and Asanda Jezile

Staff Sgt. Elle and Antonio Banderas Photo by: Noam Chem
Staff Sgt. Elle and Antonio Banderas Photo by: Noam Chem
Steve Tisch, Corporal Noya, Staff Sgt. Sergio and Katia Francesconi Photo by: Justin Kenderes
Steve Tisch, Corporal Noya, Staff Sgt. Sergio and Katia Francesconi
 Photo by: Justin Kenderes
Jason Alexander, Lone Soldiers Emma and Sahar, Mark Kelly and Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Photo by: Noam Chem
Jason Alexander, Lone Soldiers Emma and Sahar, Mark Kelly and Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Photo by: Noam Chem

Los Angeles, CA, November 6, 2015  - More than $31 million was raised at last night's annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region Gala, which was held at the renowned Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.  The sold-out Gala, which has become one of Los Angeles'  standout charitable events, gathered more than 1,200 supporters from the United States and Israel to support the brave men and women of Israel.


FIDF National Board Member and major supporter, Haim Saban, and his wife, Cheryl, served as chairs of the Gala for the 9th consecutive year.  Those in attendance included prominent business, philanthropic, and political leaders and leading names in entertainment, fashion and high-tech, including Jason Alexander, Antonio Banderas, Ari Emanuel, Liev Schreiber, Jason Segel, Gene Simmons and Mark Wahlberg. 


"For the past nine years I have watched this gala grow into the preeminent charity event it is today, and I am truly humbled by the funds raised yesterday, which are a testament to the importance of the FIDF organization and its mission. The overwhelming support from the Los Angeles community continues to amaze me," said Haim Saban.


"We're excited and proud to take part in this noteworthy event, to join in celebrating the courageous soldiers of Israel. The mission of FIDF  providing wellbeing and educational programs to IDF soldiers  is invaluable to us as a society that cares for its younger generation and recognizes the soldiers? sacrifices," said Casey and Laura Wasserman.


The evening kicked off with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and a program featuring stellar performances by David Foster & Friends, The Beach Boys and Asanda Jezile Monica Crowley, bestselling author, political analyst and long-time supporter of the FIDF, returned as emcee, and FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir was present at the event, along with other FIDF national and local leadership.  Other notable participants included Gabrielle Giffords, former Arizona congresswoman and member of the US House of Representatives; Serge Azria, CEO of Dutch LLC, and his wife Florence;  Paul Marciano, co-founder of GUESS; and film producer and businessman Steve Tisch.


The evening's program recognized the heroism of the Lone Soldiers of the IDF, and included moving testimonies from bereaved mothers of fallen Soldiers. The program also featured an important presentation by a U.S. Veteran who demonstrated how Israeli medical technology is impacting the lives of Americans through the United States? strong relationship with Israel. 


About Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF):

FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors as 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 heroic men and women of the IDF. Today, FIDF has more than 150,000 loyal supporters, and 15 regional offices throughout the U.S. and Panama. FIDF proudly offers its support to IDF soldiers, families of fallen soldiers, and wounded veterans through a variety of unique and innovative programs. These opportunities reinforce the vital bond between the communities in the United States, the soldiers of the IDF, and the State of Israel. For more information, please visit:



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