From Left to Right: Maj. Gen. Gadi Shamni and Founders’ Dinner
Co-Chair Lydia Benaim. Photo Credit: Shmulik Almany.

Over $300,000 Raised at Friends of the IDF Washington Chapter Inaugural Founders’ Dinner


The Washington Chapter raised over $300,000 at the inaugural 2012 Founders’ Dinner that took place on Thursday, May 17, at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, Maryland. Over 350 prominent lay leaders and supporters from across the Washington DC area attended the event.

The event honored Major General Gadi Shamni, Israel Defense and Armed Forces Attaché to the United States and Canada, and featured the unveiling of a sculpture created for the FIDF by renowned sculptor Phillip Ratner, that was presented to National Director Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon.

Among the participants at the event were Director of Policy and Government Affairs at American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Marvin Feuer; Attaché from Spain Rear Admiral Javier Romero; Pastor Emeritus of Windsor Hills Baptist Church and Director of Yedidim of Israel, Dr. Jim Vineyard; and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Defense Trade and Regional Security, Beth McCormick.

The keynote speaker at the dinner was Sarit Gomez, who lost her husband Major Daniel Gomez when he was killed in 2006 during the Second Lebanon War. Daniel was a pilot of a Sikorsky CH-53E Helicopter that was shot down by a Hezbollah rocket.

“The support demonstrated by this event will contribute not only to the emotional strength of the soldiers, but also to the growth of Israel as a nation and will have a significant impact on the wellbeing of soldiers as well as the society they protect,” said National Director Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon.

The money raised will go toward building a gymnasium for the soldiers of the Gaza Division and Gozal outpost.

Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon and Sculptor Phillip Ratner.
Photo Credit: Shmulik Almany.

Rear Admiral Javier and Chito Romero and Hadas and Maj. Gen.
Gadi Shamni. Photo Credit: Shmulik Almany.

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