As a relatively new organization to the area, you might not be aware of its mission, which is to support the lifesaving efforts of Magen David Adom, which provides Israel's pre-hospital emergency medical care, including disaster, ambulance, and blood services.
What I think is most impressive about MDA is that their Cord Blood Bank and their National Blood Services Center have launched a national effort on stem cell transplants and research. Another impressive fact is that the Blood Services Center provides 100% of the blood requirements of the Israel Defense Forces and 95 % of the blood needs of Israel's hospitals and general population.
A highlight of the evening was when Linda Lederberg was honored for her donation of an $100,000 ambulance in the memory of her husband.
This was a first-time event for the Sarasota-Manatee Friends Chapter of the organization and I believe it was a big success. The featured speaker was Frida Ghitis, an internationally known world affairs columnist whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Jerusalem Post, CNN.com, among many others.
I apologize for not being able to write about the content of Ms. Ghitis' presentation, but just minutes into it, a server tapped me on the shoulder to say my husband was outside and needed me. It was a small family emergency and everything is now fine, but it did cause me to miss the majority of her talk. Again, my apologies.
In addition to those pictured below, others in the crowd were Janet and John Hunter, Gloria Moss, Michael Meriwether,Marilyn Schroeter, Dr. Helen and Sydney Fagin, Barbara Ackerman, and many others.
|Gila Meriwether and Alice Cotman|
|Jeff and Julie Riddell|
|Veronica Brady and Eva Slane|
|Renee Sheade and Graci McGillicuddy|
|Rev. Jim and Nikki Nilon|
|Brian Lipton and Sue Jacobson|
|Phil and Charlene Wolff|
|Joan Lowery and Darlene Arbeit|
|Jennifer and Henry Gemmeke|
|Renee Hamad and Michael Scott|
|Jan Selwitz Segal and Marcella May|
|Diane Slattery, James and Rose Robinson|
|Beautiful harp music for dinner|
|The pretty hydrangea centerpiece|
|Michael's On East does the best salads. Doesn't this look yummy?|